Telegraph and Mail Fall for Greek F-16 Cash Dash Hoax

GREEK PLANE

The Telegraph and Mail have just pulled articles claiming that a Hellenic Air Force pilot made an unscheduled stop in Turkey in order circumvent cash withdrawal restrictions in Greece:

deleted article f-16 greek pilot euros turkey

The hoax appears to have originated on French aviation blog RadioCocpit.fr. It managed to convince both the Telegraph and Mail that a pilot flying on patrol over the Greek island of Samos landed his plane on an abandoned Turkish airfield, hid it in a hangar, legged it to a hole in the wall, and withdrew €2,000 before scrambling his plane back into the sky.

Maybe he was just playing hide and Greek…

IPSO Throw Out Vexatious Europhile Whinge

The press regulator has dismissed a spurious complaint brought against the Telegraph by Bill Emmott, ex-editor of the Economist. Emmott claimed in a long whinge that Toby Young’s review of his ‘Great European Disaster Movie’, a piece of swivel-eyed, pro-EU propaganda broadcast by the BBC last year, contained a string of inaccuracies. Despite it being a TV review and obviously an opinion piece.

This is what IPSO found:

“The article under complaint was a television review, and was clearly signalled as such in both style and positioning. Readers would therefore understand that it represented the columnist’s personal interpretation of the film.

The points made by the columnist were his interpretation of the information which had been presented and the newspaper was able to explain, by reference to material contained in the documentary, the basis for the columnist’s views.  Given the nature of the piece, the Committee did not consider that there had been a failure to take care not to publish inaccurate information, not did it establish the existence of any inaccuracies requiring correction.”

You can enjoy the full, accurate article here.

Toby tells MediaGuido:

“Eurosceptics will have to get used to vexatious complaints like this from swivel-eyed europhiles in the run up to the referendum. Thank God IPSO came to the right conclusion.” 

Chilling.

Peter Oborne Rejoins the Mail

Peter Oborne, who dramatically quit the Telegraph in February, will be rejoining the Mail according to sources at both papers.

The Daily Telegraph’s former chief political commentator cited the troubled broadsheet’s coverage of the HSBC banking scandal – or lack thereof – in a well timed career move.

Oborne starts in September…but will it be the only high profile political move from the Telegraph to the Mail this autumn?

Climate Change Could Transform Hull Into ‘Venice of the North’

VENICE

The Telegraph’s Science Editor, Sarah Knapton, seems to be having a bit of fun at the expense of the people of Hull today. In an article titled “Will Hull still exist in 100 years?” Knapton reports on remarks made by the head of policy at the Town and Country Planning Association, Hugh Ellis, repeating without question his claim that “the science tells us” the sea level will rise by at least 120cm in the next century. Apparently Hull will end up under water.

Knapton then repeats an old warning from the Royal Institute of British Architects that Hull could be transformed into the ‘Venice of the north” if climate change is allowed to rage unabated. Will the locals be falling out of nightblubs at 2am into gondolas?

Telegraph Telling Fracking Porkies

LIES

The Telegraph  have outdone themselves today with the spectacularly misleading article “Scientists convinced of tie between earthquakes and drilling – Rapidly mounting evidence points to fracking and drilling causing quakes.The piece about fracking in the US is helpfully illustrated with a picture of the Grange Hill shale gas rig Blackpool…

A quick scan through the article reveals that scientists blame waste water injection NOT fracking for the increase in minor earth temors.

“Scientists have mainly attributed the spike to the injection of waste water deep underground, a practice they say can activate dormant faults. Only a few cases of shaking have been blamed on fracking”

The injection of waste water into fracking wells in banned in the UK…

Telegraph in Super Spider Eco-Garbage Shame

telegraph spider

The Telegraph ran a bizarre article last week, claiming that the “the scariest thing about global warming” is “giant, super-fast spiders“:

Forget floods, droughts, sea-level rise and even the melting polar ice caps. Here’s a really compelling reason to worry about global warming. Spiders. Research has already suggested that there will be more of them – and they will grow bigger – as temperatures rise.

The source of the Telegraph’s scoop? A study where some researchers heated up tarantulas to see what happened – they ran around a bit faster and fell over a lot.

Gaia imagines they’d get similar results with cats, or low paid online churnalists…

 

UKIP’s Favourite Journalist Chris Hope Reads Angry Tweets

Ex-Telegraph Hack’s Pol Pot Twitter Smackdown

psycho

Former Telegraph blogger Martha Gill didn’t mince her words when obituarising Jason “Psycho” Seiken’s reign of terror.

Former colleagues who survived Seiken’s axe might not be best pleased with her choice of words…

+ + + Seiken Out at Telegraph + + +

Developing…

UPDATE: Seiken speaks:

“I’m proud of how the Telegraph has become a digital leader, and I’m gratified that the Telegraph has seen such a large growth in its digital audience. The company has a great future and will

[…]

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Jazz Hands: Telegraph’s Secret Ronnie Scott’s Briefing Goes Tits Up

Handbags over in The Lobby as the Telegraph un-invite any hack not from the Telegraph to a Telegraph/Ad Week event with Lynton Crosby:

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Telegraph Three Years Late To Spook Scoop

GCHQ at Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

The Telegraph ran what appeared to be something of an exclusive this week, reporting that GCHQ are telling business to consider stripping smart phones from staff in order to avoid cyber attacks. Ben Riley-Smith bragged about documents “seen by […]

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PM Met Three Top Telegraph Men in Three Months

With whom did the Prime Minister have a “general discussion” early last year?

And who did he meet two months later?

Wonder what they could have discussed[…]

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