Rusbridger Round-Up

So the Guardian did share the names of intelligence officers abroad. Other than that Rusbridger gets through it relatively unscathed…

Good Luck, Alan!

The Guardian NUJ chapel has sent a cute message of support to Alan Rusbridger ahead of his select committee showdown this afternoon. Approved by a committee of twelve, on behalf of all 500 odd Guardian journalists, of course.

“Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger is due to appear before the House of Commons home affairs select committee tomorrow to answer questions about our publication of the NSA and GCHQ surveillance revelations leaked by the US whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The Guardian and Observer NUJ chapel, representing the overwhelming majority of journalists at both titles, strongly supports the editor’s decision to publish this information of vital public interest and his defence of the freedom of the press to hold government and corporate interests to account.

The chapel emphatically rejects the attacks on the Guardian over the Snowden leaks and welcomes the support offered from all over the world for the Guardian’s role in bringing this information into the public domain.

We believe publication of the NSA/GCHQ stories is exactly what independent media organisations should be doing. The editor’s stand has the full backing and confidence of Guardian News and Media journalists.”

Guido agrees, there should be no question of the freedom of the press to hold government and corporate interests to account. Funny though, that they didn’t mention the alleged sending of British intelligence officers’ names abroad. No doubt Keith Vaz will get to the bottom of it. Tune in here

Sun Readers Gave More for Typhoon Haiyan Than France

Chris Blackhurst’s Kama Sutra

Indy staff have been left baffled this afternoon by an email inviting them to help themselves to “a crate of unclaimed stuff in front of Chris Blackhurst’s desk including some high heels, a copy of the Kama Sutra, an assortment of dog shampoo and a speed camera (hand-held).”

Sounds like one hell of a kinky night…

 

Draconian China’s Calculated Snub of Fun-Loving Newsman

Mystery surrounds a growing clamour in China as innocent bystanders report the first chilling foretaste of Dave’s ill-fated trip. Quintessentially British newsman Rob Hutton, from the influential Bloomberg, has been banned from a Beijing press conference by the authorities, who have cited arcane rules to justify their decision. The set-to has deepened as, at the eleventh hour, Number 10 have started crunch talks. They say the decision is “completely inappropriate”. Guido is assured no booze-fuelled rampages were responsible. The Chinese ban yet another author

Via @nicholaswatt

Patten of Cover Ups at BBC

As Guido revealed in yesterday’s Sun column, part-time BBC Trust Chairman Lord Patten is involved in a cover-up of a cover-up. The Beeb spent £3 million of licence fee-payers’ cash investigating the Jimmy Savile scandal and why a Newsnight exposé of it was shelved. It later emerged the Pollard Report did not contain the key piece of evidence that Mark Thompson was told about the allegations the show was preparing to make. This we already know, and Lord Patten continues to claim the report was all above board despite two weeks ago being played a tape recording of Nick Pollard admitting his report is deeply flawed and that he made “a mistake”. Despite this, Patten is dragging his feet with this new evidence. Perhaps he’s distracted by one of his other ten jobs. Stay tuned, there is more to come this week…

CBS Sub-Title Jim Murphy in Glasgow

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Via John Stevens

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Russell’s Redemption

Support for the honest, always faithful, would-never-dream-of-philandering Russell Brand from an unlikely quarter following his difficult day at the Guardian office. The Institute of Directors’ Simon Walker is offering him the chance of redemption:

“The truth is that for all

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Just How Much Does Russell Brand Hate the Sun?

Round of applause to anyone who can get to the end of Russell Brand’s Guardian rant about how much he hates the Sun without giving up. Indeed, Russell hates them so much that he once edited their showbiz pages.

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Video Says No

Labour’s digital strategy is still having some pretty unfortunate teething problems. For some strange reason they have had to take down this week’s big video by Miliband guru Arnie Graf from YouTube. At the time of going to pixel it […]

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Twitter Media Bitch Fight: Fabbers v Crick

Clearly the only two stories of the week are Michael Crick’s alleged plebgate video editing and Michael Fabricant’s alleged hair.

Here they come together gloriously on Twitter:

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