How Buzzfeed’s #BoardGamerGate Played Out

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Back in March Tom Chivers, formerly of The Telegraph, poster a mildly mocking why-oh-why piece about “Why Monopoly Is The Worst Game In The World”. Some time later it was deleted. We now are told at the behest of the Editor-in-chief, Ben Smith. Originally it was claimed that the Tom Chivers deleted it himself, an odd thing for a journalist to do unless he is being sued. Tom didn’t delete his tweets about it:tom chivers monopoly tweet

It is unlikely Tom knew that Hasbro, the makers of Monopoly, had signed a big sponsorship deal with Buzzfeed until perhaps Ben Smith, editor-in-chief, had a word.

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At this point, in breach of all the fancy ethical guidelines that Buzzfeeders boast about…

… the post got deleted.

Critics were on the lookout for this kind of malfeasance after Gawker published an article on Thursday reporting that BuzzFeed deleted an article that attacked Dove’s latest advertising campaign.

On Friday morning MediaGuido was alerted by a reader that this had happened in relation to Monopoly. At 14:30 we reached out to Buzzfeed and Tom Chivers for an explanation. We got no reply. However, coincidentally perhaps, a former Telegraph colleague of Tom Chivers tweeted a reference to the issue at 15:40, at the same time as we published out first story.

The situation at this point was pretty much:

Media Guido predicted it would go like this:

It pretty much did exactly that, except far quicker…

Here’s the cover up:

As soon as New York media types started pushing the story, the statement of regret swiftly arrived:

It turns out that Buzzfeed at the very least self-censors when it comes to lucrative advertisers. The Telegraph did the same with HSBC, about which a Buzzfeed report took a very moralistic tone, reporting that “…Telegraph colleagues had lost all faith in the newspaper’s management”. Turns out hipsters can be hypocrites too…

The article isn’t even that interesting anyway:

LOL.

Sex, Lies and MI5: Labour’s Spinners Weren’t Always So Delicate

The Tories “spent yesterday playing politics in the gutter, trying to smear Labour with lies,” moans a Labour press release sent out this morning. The delicate flowers are still upset with Michael Fallon and stories in the papers today about Miliband’s love life. Because Labour’s spinners would never spread innuendos about their opponents, would they?

Certainly not Miliband comms chief Bob Roberts, apart from his classic Mirror job on Dave claiming that MI5 had “uncovered a dark secret about Cameron” which would “fuel suspicions that Mr Cameron took Class A drugs”. 

Definitely not Tom ‘Hoover’ Baldwin, apart from when he revealed in the Times how several top Tories had spent their university days “intoxicated”Ahem.

And absolutely not Sunday Telegraph pol ed turned Labour spinmeister Paddy Hennessy, apart from when he told us all about Nick Clegg’s “sexual antics” and how he had “admitted to sleeping with ‘no more than 30′ women”. They must be going soft…

Greenslade Takes the Mick

“Tory press ignores, or underplays, polls putting Labour ahead” screams Roy Greenslade over at Media Guardian today:

“Labour’s positive poll ratings get precious little coverage in the Tory press. It must have been a day for the blue newspapers to bury bad news.”

Lest we forget the Guardian conveniently left off of the ComRes and YouGov polls that showed the Tories ahead off of their splash today, because it did not fit their narrative…

Ivan Massow’s Meeting Mystery

This afternoon Guido reported that Tory mayoral wannabe Ivan Massow turned up in Thanet to campaign for the Tories, only to leave after taking a few photos:

Massow hit back, claiming that he had to be back in London for a super important meeting with Boris:

Six minutes after Ivan claimed to be meeting the Mayor, Boris tweeted evidence to the contrary:

City Hall sources say the Mayor has been out all day…

UPDATE: City Hall now saying Boris posted the tweet later in the day and was in fact back in the office at 4. The point still stands, Massow was only in Thanet for an hour.

SNP & Labour: Or How I Stopped Quibbling and Learned to Love the Bomb

Labour have just about sorted out their message on Trident today, despite some confusion from Ed Balls. Meanwhile, the SNP are still toying with Miliband on the issue. “I can’t be clearer,” claims Nicola Sturgeon, while obfuscating on what the SNP will demand from Labour in return for a confidence and supply deal. This is her line today:

“Any confidence and supply arrangement would require the non-renewal of Trident.”

This line was backed up by Angus Robertson on the BBC today:

“There would be no confidence and supply arrangement with the Labour Party if there was a renewal of Trident commitment by the Labour Party.”

So would the SNP vote against a Labour Queen’s Speech – including plans to renew Trident – then?

Sturgeon won’t say, because she doesn’t want to: “get ahead of the election process”.

Yet during the Scottish Leaders’ Debate last night, the SNP leader implied her party would still prop up Labour even if they went ahead with Trident renewal:

“You can beat minority governments on policy issues and force them to change direction without necessarily bringing down the government”

Sturgeon’s deputy Stuart Hosie also confirms that even if Labour voted to renew Trident, the SNP could still do deals with Labour on other policies:

“there would have to be negotiations and we would want to get as many of our progressive policies through as possible”

So the SNP will vote against Trident, but possibly not against a Queen’s Speech that includes Trident, and may still prop up a Labour government even if Trident passes… Everyone got that?

Tory Stunt: Mayoral Candidate’s Whistle-Stop Thanet Tour

At 12:20 this afternoon Tory mayoral wannabe Ivan Massow declared that he was on his way to Thanet South to campaign, “to show Thanet that we care”:

At 13:49 Massow posted this photograph of him outside the campaign HQ on the ground:

At 13:59 a co-conspirator reports that Ivan Massow boarded the train back to London.

Although he didn’t manage to Tweet a snap of that.

Looks like he doesn’t care about Thanet, beyond a flying visit for the photo…

UPDATE: Massow responds:

Hmmmm…

A Sign From Gob

UKIP got through their women’s policy launch without anyone being called a slut or told to clean behind their fridge. The only hitch was the big sign at the back falling on their comms chief Paul “Gobby” Lambert, who continues to look as if he is having the time of his life since moving over to the dark side. Is he going to resign?

Dear Labour, Here is Something to Actually Moan About

George Galloway last night attacked his Labour opponent Naz Shah over whether she was 15 or 16 when she was raped. Somewhat makes Michael Fallon’s comments pale into insignificance…

Smear Test: Labour Trident Wriggle Room

Outraged! They are outraged! It’s all a smear! Someone mentioned the fact that Ed Miliband knifed his brother and broke his mother’s heart and Labour are feigning outrage – you hear far worse from Blairites. Leaving the hysteria aside, Labour […]

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No Natalie, Capitalism Has Delivered an 80% Decline in World Poverty

As newsrooms across the land stop what they are doing to read the Green Party’s response to Labour’s non-dom announcement, it is worth picking Natalie Bennett up on this:

“The last four decades have seen wealth accumulate at the top

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LISTEN: Ed Balls Says He Will Abolish Non Dom Status

Ed Balls told Radio 5 this morning that he would abolish Non Dom status:

He was backed up in a car crash outing by his deputy Shabana Mahmood on the Daily Politics.

Yet Labour are briefing that they are […]

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Balls in Jan: Non Dom Reform “Will End Up Costing Britain Money”

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Having spent the last four months bringing a spoon to a knife fight, it seems Labour’s press operation has finally woken up to the fact there is war on. Yesterday’s flurry of activity over Labour’s NHS letter leaking out was […]

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