Thursday, March 27, 2014

Media Bitch Fight Farage / Clegg Special: Kirkup v Oborne

The Telegraph’s James Kirkup hasn’t been very impressed with the profundity of the punditry following last night’s debate. He’s gone off on one this afternoon:

“A lot of stuff being written about the Clegg-Farage debate today could come from the Idiot’s Guide to Being a Political Commentator. It follows the same paint-by-numbers form.

Step One: Pronounce that everyone less clever than you is saying the same thing.

Step Two: Say that they are wrong because actually the opposite thing is true. You know this because you are clever and incisive and other people do not because they are stupid and out-of-touch.

Step Three: There is no Step Three. That’s all there is to it. Really, you can make a very nice living out of this.”

Which of Kirkup’s fellow Telegraph writers followed a very, very similar step by step approach in his own write up? Here’s Peter Oborne:

“British political journalists love to pretend that they are independent and objective, but the majority are nothing of the sort. In Britain we have a system of client journalism, with reporting a manifestation of political class dominance.

Last night’s debate between Nigel Farage and Nick Clegg was a very good example of this phenomenon. The lobby wanted a Clegg win and… collectively called victory for Clegg the moment that the debate was over.

It was only when the YouGov poll came through showing that Farage had won the debate hands-down with the public that lobby journalists were forced into an abrupt U-turn.”

Who could Kirkup possibly have been talking about?

UPDATE:

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Gallagher: Editor-in-Chef

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Lunching in chi-chi Moro, Islington, Guido had the crab brik with harissa (£9.00) followed by the lamb with hispi cabbage and crispy capers, piquillo sauce and lentils (£19.50), Neo-Guido had the wood roasted pork with smoked almond sauce, wilted escarole and black beans (£19.00) which we washed down with a couple of bottles of Viña Gravonia Crianza (Viura) Lopez de Heredia ’03 (£42.50). The crab was light, the lamb was pink and the only complaint from the dining companions was that the portions weren’t big enough. When the waiter was asked for a recommendation he said “its your lunch”. Though his guidance on the wine was faultless.

Mid-lunch Guido’s phone buzzed with a tweet referencing @GuidoFawkes by one of their junior kitchen staff saying we were dining at the restaurant. A star-struck faux pas that will surely turn off other more publicity-shy celebrity diners. Guido was popping to the loo round the back when he bumped into Tony Gallagher, former editor of The Telegraph, in his kitchen whites. Fifty this year, Tony is learning a new trade and had spent the morning peeling artichokes, “lots of them”. He told Guido that the kitchen at Moro is run on very democratic lines and there is no shouting. This will be a change in working environment for him.

For dessert we had a satisfying Gallagher Malaga raisin ice cream  (£6.50) with two spoons. “Don’t be nasty” pleaded the former tyrant of The Telegraph newsroom nervously as he sportingly posed for his picture. As if…

Friday, February 21, 2014

Brogan Moved to Associate Ed, Winnett Becomes Deputy Ed

Last month Guido asked if Telegraph deputy editor Ben Brogan was “in office without power” following rumours from Buckingham Palace Road that he had been stripped of his title. Today “chief content officer” Jason ‘Psycho’ Seiken has announced that Brogan “will return to writing full time as Associate Editor, Politics. He will now produce more high- value content on political matters across all platforms.” Political editor James Kirkup is promoted to Executive Editor, Politics and Rob Winnett is promoted to one of three new Deputy Editor positions. Brogan ain’t one of em…

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Alistair Osborne Going to Times

 The exodus from Telegraph continues under the new Psycho-Seiken editor-in-chief. Alistair Osborne is going to The Times as Business Commentator – so that’s Kamal Ahmed, Richard Fletcher and him all gone in a few weeks. Guido also hears that the glass walls of the offices of senior editorial staff are coming down and they now have to sit exposed to the rest of the newsroom…

Friday, January 31, 2014

Tony Gallagher Burns Craig Oliver

There was no way sacked Telegraph editor Tony Gallagher was going to go quietly:

Oooh, get her…

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Is Brogan “In Office Without Power”?

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Ben Brogan is one of Guido’s favourite political journalists, so it was of some concern when Guido was told last night that he had been stripped of his “Deputy Editor” title. He is still a columnist and author of the best morning politics email in the trade. Of course if he resigned he would lose out on any payoff…

The new American Telegraph boss Jason Seiken gave a buzzword filled presentation to hacks yesterday which has done nothing to reassure newsroom sceptics about the digital promised land into which they are heading. When he was asked were they still the “Torygraph” the answer was less than resounding; yes, in the printed paper that was a “differentiator” though the online version might be different, he told them.

The joke doing the rounds following the sacking of Tony Gallagher is that his replacement is an Acting Print Editor (APE). He will answer to a new Coordinating Head of Internet Media Projects (CHIMP) who will in turn take orders from a new parent company Barclay And Barclay Offshore Online News (BABOON). Appropriate given the new digital content costs peanuts.

An author commissioned to write an article for online only tells Guido that she was expecting to be paid between 50p to a £1 a word and was shocked when she was offered a free three month subscription to the Telegraph online worth £5. She told the cheeky monkeys to forget it…

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Telegraph Exodus Continues

The Telegraph digital revolution is going well then. Their social media expert and resident internetz person James Manning has jumped ship to the Sun. Manning was previously best known for his sterling work as Boris Backer, ruining Team Ken’s day again and again during the 2012 mayoral election. So much for that ‘Digital First’ strategy…

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The ‘Most Hated Man on Fleet Street’

The news that Chris ‘rat boy’ Evans has been promoted to acting editor of the weekly Telegraph has gone down like a cup of cold sick over at Buckingham Palace Road. “Everyone hates Chris Evans,” says one hack. Others complain of his unrivalled ability to work out what people’s weaknesses are and to ruthlessly exploit them. “The most hated man on Fleet Street” comes up too,“horrifically rude”. He’s known to be “the biggest bastard at the Telegraph.” Which is impressive, given the competition.

Telegraph Gallagher Statement in Full

Chris Evans and Ian MacGregor will report to Jason Seiken, Chief Content Officer and Editor-in-Chief.

Telegraph Editor Tony Gallagher Leaves

Developing…


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Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann on Cameron’s refusal to pay the £1.7 billion EU bill by December 1st:

“Well, then he’s gonna pay on December 2nd”



Mycroft says:

Have you read the last bit of Animal Farm?

You know where the animals are looking through the Farmhouse window?

My TV screen was that window at lunch-time today.

Be careful, the sudden self-congratulatory tone, the slightly pudgy outline of indulgence and you become exactly what you should despise.

The jolly face of the Quisling Cameron poses for your camera has mesmerised and deceived you, you who were once not so deceived.

You were no firebrand, you were a damp squib in my opinion, sorry.

You need a damned good kick up the ahse!


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