Bingo! Big Media Pundit Gets It!

Guido in his heart believed that without doubt some visionary technocratic media-guru-pundit would soon polemicise that the first British casualties of politico-bloggers would be the old media commentariat, swiftly followed by the Lobby system. Guido contends that the hitherto accepted ways of the Lobby are closed and inherently undemocratic – remember how when the Independent was launched it, rightly, intended to boycott the lobby system? The Prime Ministers Official Spokesman, a public servant, bluntly refuses to answer legitimate questions and a meek Lobby collectively shrugs its shoulders. No wonder the briefings are off camera, if the voters saw the contempt with which the Downing Street spin operation treats the Lobby they would lose all respect for the supposedly authoritative talking heads on the evening news.

Charles Moore in the Spectator this week gets it:

Although politicians have much to worry about from these sites, I suspect that Lobby journalists have even more. As Guido himself points out, the parliamentary Lobby has, by its nature, a tendency to conspire with politicians to produce a ‘line’. It controls the flow of information and is bound to collude with the suppliers of that information, the politicians themselves. For years, attempts have been made to break up the Lobby but these have never worked because there has been no workable alternative conduit. Now there is, or soon will be. The Lobby takes its name from the physical place where the journalists stood to meet MPs. Today the web is usurping that gothic hall, creating an infinitely bigger and much less safe place.

So the old fogey former editor of the Torygraph is actually the first Big Media pundit to endorse the Guido critique rather than some starry-eyed techno-guru from Wired magazine. First the pundits mocked, then they condemned and soon they will struggle to compete.

The oft-made charge that bloggers are parasites on Big Media news reporting doesn’t really apply to the leading blogs. Mike Smithson’s PoliticialBetting.Com is an example of an outlet which produces original insight. ConservativeHome.Com interactively surveys its readers opinions intensely and covers the internal party developments like no other publication, surpassing the Speccie and Torygraph as the Tory party’s journal of record. Almost every day either Iain Dale, Recess Monkey or Guido will break political stories ahead of the papers. The leading blogs generate original content.

Iain Dale mocks old Donald Trelford’s grande dame whining about blogs elsewhere. Guido won’t even give the oxygen of publicity to the well known journalist on the financially struggling political weekly who complained this week about Guido’s adverts. Adverts of course mean that there is no charge to readers and that this blog is profitable. His publication, despite charging readers a hefty cover price, is a debt-ridden vanity-publishing plaything for his proprietor. All this whining from the old media is the sound of them thrashing about in pain.




Tip offs: 0709 284 0531
team@Order-order.com

Quote of the Day

Corbynista media cheerleader Aaron Bastani says his friend Clive Lewis’s “b*tch” comment was:

“beneath any parliamentarian”

Sponsors

Guidogram: Sign up

Subscribe to the most succinct 7 days a week daily email read by thousands of Westminster insiders.
LibDems: O’Mara Should Resign from Equalities Committee LibDems: O’Mara Should Resign from Equalities Committee
O’Mara: Fat Women Don’t Deserve Our Respect O’Mara: Fat Women Don’t Deserve Our Respect
Labour MP Asked Girls Aloud for “Orgy” Labour MP Asked Girls Aloud for “Orgy”
Hamas Praises Corbyn Hamas Praises Corbyn
Selmayr: It Wasn’t Me Selmayr: It Wasn’t Me
Sunday Show Highlights Sunday Show Highlights
Watch: Corbyn Condemns Clive Lewis Watch: Corbyn Condemns Clive Lewis
Lewis: “I Apologise Unreservedly” Lewis: “I Apologise Unreservedly”
Clive Lewis: “Get On Your Knees B****” Clive Lewis: “Get On Your Knees B****”
Heads Up: Parliament Tells MPs It’s Too Windy To Inspect Falling Masonry Heads Up: Parliament Tells MPs It’s Too Windy To Inspect Falling Masonry
Corbyn Stands By Disgraced Lavery Corbyn Stands By Disgraced Lavery
Mandelson Lies About Single Market Mandelson Lies About Single Market
Merkel: “Absolutely No Doubt” There Will Be A Deal Merkel: “Absolutely No Doubt” There Will Be A Deal
Sweden Drawing Up Brexit Trade Plans Sweden Drawing Up Brexit Trade Plans
Car Windscreen Smashed Inside Parliament Car Windscreen Smashed Inside Parliament
Russia Today Presenter Fibs With First Word on #BBCDP Russia Today Presenter Fibs With First Word on #BBCDP
Shameless Poetry Shameless Poetry
John Healey: Then and Now John Healey: Then and Now
Linesman MP Has Attended 96% of Votes, Better Record Than SNP MPs Linesman MP Has Attended 96% of Votes, Better Record Than SNP MPs
On The Red Carpet Last Night On The Red Carpet Last Night