Sir Keir’s Media Meddling Mix-Up

Keir Starmer has waded into the briefing row, claiming the practice of smaller briefings for some journalists is “damaging to democracy“.  He has written to the Cabinet Secretary to ask him to investigate, resting his case on the assumption that “David Frost is a civil service appointee.” In fact Frost isn’t a civil servant, he is a SpAd…

David Frost is listed as a politically appointed special adviser. Starmer argues access to a briefing by him “should not be determined by political favouritism.” Many of the outlets that were invited to the briefing can’t be said to be favourites of Number 10. The Guardian is hardly a bastion of Boris fans, ITV are in Downing Street’s bad books for election agitation and Cummings tried to sue them in 2016. Sky News is home to some of the most critical opponents of ‘Johnson’ in the business, and does anyone think that this is government with fans at the BBC? Still, these were among the outlets invited to the briefing…

Keir kicked-off his leadership campaign saying he wouldn’t speak to The Sun. Keir now says, completely hypocritically, that banning selected media from having access to briefings damages democracy.

mdi-timer February 4 2020 @ 10:52 4 Feb 2020 @ 10:52 mdi-comment Comments
Lobby Stages Walkout from Number 10 Briefing

Senior Lobby hacks have staged a walkout of a Number 10 briefing this afternoon, in protest at smaller titles not being invited to the extra briefing. A briefing after Boris’ speech took place for all accredited journalists, and this afternoon’s briefing is still set to go ahead as planned…

Guido understands that Number 10 invited a small group of senior political editors of larger media organisations including the BBC, ITV, Daily Mail, Guardian, The Sun, Sky News, and The Times for an additional detailed briefing in Downing Street. This is not the first time this has happened, nor the first time that Downing Street has favoured selected hacks from the so-called “inner Lobby”. This has happened under previous administrations.

Today many more Lobby hacks turned up uninvited to this extra briefing, causing a stand off in the entrance hall of Number 10, with journalists demanding to attend the extra briefing and Number 10 rebuffing them. Eventually, the invited journalists walked out along with the uninvited ones, and the briefing did not go ahead. Remember that two weeks ago the same Lobby hacks walking out today tried to get Guido reporters banned for live tweeting the briefings…

mdi-timer February 3 2020 @ 15:31 3 Feb 2020 @ 15:31 mdi-comment Comments
Knight Plans BBC Battle

After years of conspiracy-baiting and Cadwalladr whispering, the media-hungry DCMS select committee and its chairman is facing a big change. Last month friend of the site Damian Collins narrowly lost his chairmanship of the Committee by just seven votes. We can thank abstaining Corbynite MPs for that…

The new Chairman, Solihull MP Julian Knight, is a vast improvement. Knight, who worked for the Beeb for five years before becoming money and property editor for The Independent on Sunday, wrote last month that the corporation needs a “no holds barred review”, with the “main option” being to move to a “subscription service or allow people to opt-out from the BBC.” Knight’s campaign literature instead focussed on getting the BBC “sorted”, as well as broadband and progress in sport…

The Committee looks set to drop its spurious one-sided reports into the Brexit campaign under the guise of ‘fake news‘. Collins used his position to let Remain campaigners ‘analyse‘ pro-Brexit outlets, trying to haul Dom Cummings in for an ‘evidence session‘, and only choosing to investigate the ‘Leave‘ side of the referendum. Guido looks forward to Knight’s committee instead flexing its muscles for good – looking into the UK’s restrictively regulated broadcasting rules, and the TV tax

mdi-timer February 3 2020 @ 14:54 3 Feb 2020 @ 14:54 mdi-comment Comments
George Eaton UnDemoted at New Statesman

George Eaton has been ‘promoted’ to the position of senior online editor at the New Statesman. He was demoted from his role as deputy editor to become an assistant editor of the magazine following his hit job on Roger Scruton. No doubt he’ll be popping out the champagne again now…

mdi-timer February 3 2020 @ 10:55 3 Feb 2020 @ 10:55 mdi-comment Comments
Kids’ Lobby Cope With Filmed Questions Session

Guido’s campaign to introduce transparency to the Lobby has already seen concessions on live-Tweeting No. 10’s press briefings. The end goal is seeing the briefings televised. Yesterday the PM held his second ‘Kids’ Lobby’ session, with young journalists from papers like First News asking questions on the issues of the day. Once again, the proceedings were filmed and put out it across the PM’s social media channels. Why is it that child journalists can cope with the transparency when asking questions, yet the Lobby can’t cope with the idea?

mdi-timer January 31 2020 @ 12:28 31 Jan 2020 @ 12:28 mdi-comment Comments
Guido Does #DollyPartonChallenge

New year, new Guido. As part of the website revamp, Guido’s also taken this opportunity to get his social media game in order, adding Linkedin to the list of social media platforms on which you can keep up with us. So all you suits can follow Guido at work without your bosses realising…

Stay informed and don’t miss a thing via your platform of choice:

Guido remains undecided about joining TikTok…

mdi-timer January 30 2020 @ 15:15 30 Jan 2020 @ 15:15 mdi-comment Comments
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