Thursday, March 14, 2013

Tina Weaver Arrested
Four Mirror Journalists Nicked

Guido understands former Sunday Mirror editor and former PCC ethics adviser Tina Weaver is among the four Mirror journalists that have been arrested this morning on suspicion of conspiracy to intercept voicemails. Guido has been reporting on the allegations surrounding Weaver for years, including how she had knowledge of phone hacking, and how she asked staff to “spin” telephone numbers. This meant hacking voicemails, doing a reverse look up for billing addresses, and checking friends and family lists for numbers. Developing…

UPDATE: Guido understands the four arrested are Weaver, her news lieutenant Nick Buckley, James Scott and Mark Thomas.

Here is a list of some of Guido’s stories about the Mirror and hacking allegations:

UPDATE: This post-Leveson report is a good summary of some of the allegations:

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Order of the OTT: Maguire on Cam the Baby Killer

Hyperbole of biblical proportions from Kevin Maguire today. Parroting out Labour’s “bedroom tax” untruth is one thing, but Maguire then goes on to compare the PM to King Herod:

“The brutal indifference towards the bedroom tax indelibly shames ConDem Ministers. The blunderbuss approach of slashing the benefits of those with spare rooms combines the unfairness of the poll tax with a cruel twist of King Herod.”

Slaughtering first borns versus ending state sponsored spare rooms. Calm down dear…

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Twitter Bitch Fight: Loughton v Lyons’ Back, Sack and Crack

Things got a bit unparliamentary with tetchy Tory Tim Loughton this weekend:

Eat your heart out Fabricant…

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Lobby Faces Female Backlash

Last night Guido stood in solidarity with the shunned female journalists of the Lobby. After No.10 explained Dave and Nick only granted questions to men at yesterday’s mid-term review because none of the political editors in attendance were female, we named and shamed the chauvinist Mirror and New Statesman as having no female Lobby hacks between them. Guido’s feminist allies agreed:

The usual suspects were still stuck in their old ways however:

Shame…

Vid via @liarpoliticians

Monday, January 7, 2013

Where Have All the Women Gone?

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Not many talking points from this afternoon’s snooze-fest mid-term review, though Dave and Nick’s failure to take a single question from a female journalist was noted by many. No. 10 told the BBC that “none of the TV or newspaper political editors there” were female as an explanation. To be fair to them the Lobby is hardly brimming with females.  Some chauvinist media outlets are particularly guilty…

The Mirror’s all-male political team is made up of James Beattie, Tom McTague, James Lyons, Mark Ellis, Paul Routledge and Kevin Maguire, with the Sunday Mirror’s passholders made up of Vincent Moss and Nick Buckley. As for that bastion of feminism the New Statesman? Jason Cowley and Rafael Behr have Lobby passes, but there is a grand total of zero for the Staggers’ female staff. As an ardent feminist, Guido says shame on them…

UPDATE: Guido was not the only one to notice:

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Prezza Slips Porkie Chipolata Into Print

prescottA warm welcome to John Prescott in the Mirror today with his debut column. He presumes to give Michael Gove a history lesson and claims that his government is “taking us back to the 1980s with high unemployment”.

We had a little Twitter spat as a consequence:




Disingenuously comparing the unemployment rate at its best under Brown with its worst under Cameron rather than the 8% rate that it was when Brown was voted out of office.

Not to mention that unemployment is thankfully far lower than it was in the 80s and falling…

Friday, January 4, 2013

Mirror Baby

Congratulations are in order, Media Guido hears, for 47 year-old former Sunday Mirror editor Tina Weaver and 51 year-old former Mirror editor Richard Wallace who are expecting a child together. Seems they’ve been busy since their joint sacking in MayHow about Brian for a boy?

Prezza Joins the Sunday Mirror

News arrives of some welcome Sunday competition:

Guido hears it’s a high five figure sum…

UPDATE:

UPDATE II:

Seconds out…

 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Piers Morgan Discussing Phone Hacking With Charlotte Church

Transcript of the footage of Piers Morgan speaking to Charlotte Church:

PM: “There was a spate of stories that came out because of mobile phones. When they first came out mobile phones journalists found out that if the celebrity hadn’t changed their pin code, right…”

CC: “Yeah, you can access their voicemail.”

PM: “You can access, access their voicemail. Just by tapping in a number. Are you really telling me that journalists aren’t going to do that? If they know they can ring up Charlotte Church’s mobile phone, listen to all her messages…”

CC: “My God”

PM: “Right, now all you have to do and I know it’s hard because celebrities don’t like doing anything for themselves is actually change your security number.”

CC: “Yeah, I’ve changed my security number”.

PM: “And now you don’t have to worry”.

CC: “Exactly”.

Just in case you have forgotten, Piers claims:

“I do not believe that any story we published … was ever gained in an unlawful manner, nor have I ever seen anything to suggest that.”

He told Leveson:

“… I had no reason or knowledge to believe it was going on.”

Uh oh…

Friday, October 26, 2012

Beckham Hacking: Mirror Cover-Up (Part II)
Mirror Shares Drop Further as Brown Tribunal Rears Head


Roy Greenslade’s blog in the Guardian this afternoon reminds readers about the all-important testimony of former People reporter David Brown, who claims that routine and systematic phone hacking was taking place at the hands of Mirror Group journalists during his time there. Back when the Mirror’s original internal investigation into hacking was announced over a year ago Guido, in an effort to be helpful, reminded them of the very same fact:

Investors have clocked what could be coming – Trinity Mirror’s share price is down another 13% today and over 30% for the week, wiping tens of millions off the Mirror’s capitalisation. If only their legal director Paul Vickers had listened to Guido in the first place…


Seen Elsewhere

What Will Happen if Scots Leave? | David Aaronovitch
Why Are Radicals Like Carswell Leaving Tories? | BBC
Danczuk: Rotherham Abuse Imported From Pakistan | Telegraph
Ashya King Case Shows How Authorities Get it Wrong | ConHome
The Carswell Show | Jon Craig
Cops Seized Journalist’s Phone to Out Whistleblower | Press Gazette
Chuka’s £2,500 Tax Avoidance Donation | Times
Another BBC Stitch Up? | David Keighley
Divided, Pessimistic Tories Expect Defeat | Alex Wickham
Labour Suspends Rotherham Council Members | Sky
PM Used Terror Crisis to Deflect From Carswell | Rachel Sylvester


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