Two Australian Journalists Attacked at London Protests

Channel 9 News reporter Ben Avery was set upon by a group yesterday, not long after the station’s correspondent Sophie Walsh was attacked by a man with a screwdriver saying the words “Allah Akbar”. Bystanders caught the attacker until police arrived. Today he pleaded guilty to a charge of assault.

On top of the attacks on the Australian journalists, unidentified reporters were assaulted yesterday by crowds chanting “F**k the Daily Mail”.

So far, today appears to be calmer…

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Newsnight’s Fake News Graph Punishes Honesty

Newsnight made a lot out of an incredible statistic: that the UK had more deaths yesterday than the entire EU. The problem is the numbers are nonsense. The FT has exposed reporting on the continent to be littered with “flawed data”…

In fact some of the data in foreign countries is so dodgy that, according to the FT’s data guru John Burn-Murdoch, if England had adopted Spain’s new ‘method’, it would have reported just 20 new deaths yesterday. England is equivalent to 13% of the population of the EU, and yet would appear to have just 6% of the death rate, if it adopted Spain’s manipulated reporting…

Newsnight is supposed to provide analysis that goes behind the headlines, did no one at Newsnight not think the data was suspect? Was it just “too good to check” and they just preferred the Twitter buzz…

UPDATE: Newsnight sourced the dodgy data from controversial website ‘Worldometer‘, a website that even Wikipedia editors have decided to avoid. The data manager for independent statistics website Our World In Data told CNN that “We think people should be wary, especially media, policy-makers and decision-makers. This data is not as accurate as they think it is.” Take note, Newsnight…

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Piers Morgan Owes Rudy Giuliani an Apology

A feisty exchange this morning saw Piers Morgan clash with former New York City Mayor and personal attorney to Donald Trump Rudy Giuliani. The spat, which began over Trump’s response to the murder of George Floyd, descended into barbs over ratings, disputes over levels of how unhinged everyone is, and finally what appears to be mis-hearing a swear word. Guido didn’t hear one…

RG “I remember the mistakes you made and I remember how you stuffed* up!”

PM “We would like to apologise for the language you just used”

PM “You’ve come on here, you’ve been rude and abusive, you sound unhinged, you’ve been using profanity. And you were somebody I used to admire Rudy.”

RG “I haven’t used profanity, tell me the profanity that I have used. You lie about that too!”

Piers Morgan appears to have interpreted what Guido heard clearly as “stuffed up”* as something much more profane. Listening back the word definitely sounds like it starts with an S rather than an F. Other points aside, for this Piers owes Rudy an apology…

*Our friends at the Speccie think it was “sucked up”. Either way it was not profane.

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Mail Claims Travel Quarantine is Cummings’ Dead Cat, Despite Predating Scandal

Today the Daily Mail dedicates a full page to the idea that the Government’s two-week quarantine plan for new arrivals into the country was, in fact, just a “dead cat” strategy to distract from a Guardian story on 8th May about care homes. A drastic measure for a Government polling over 50%…

“According to sources, he telephones The Times [on 8 May] to inform a  journalist that he Government intended to impose a 14 day quarantine on all arrivals by air to the UK… He had briefed about quarantine to deflect attention away from the care home crisis.”

Which is odd given newspapers were reporting the Government’s two-week quarantine plans back in April, the month before the Guardian story…

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Osborne Tells Protestors to Avoid Police Identification

In a marked departure from the attitude he would have taken in office, George Osborne’s newspaper has published a guide to today’s Black Lives Matter protests, set to begin in Hyde Park. The Standard advises those choosing to break the lockdown to wear “non-identifiable clothing” to make it harder for the police to identify criminals, and which won’t help with organisers’ first request of “remain peaceful”. The organisers also envisage the need for “shatter resistant Swimming Goggles” and “shoes you can run in” for a planned “peaceful protest”…

The Standard also directs readers to the website of Green and Black Cross, an anarchist legal aid service that is avowedly anti-police. If the paper’s retail advertisers get their windows smashed in this afternoon, am sure they will appreciate the advice given to those planning looting and rampaging. Guido’s not sure The Standard’s crime and coronavirus-riddled London audience will thank them for the stance they’ve taken on this one…

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Downing Street Ending Weekend Press Conferences

In a sign that the country is well and truly past the peak of the crisis, Downing Street has announced that weekend press conferences are to end due to low viewing figures. Grant Shapps will have been wishing that this was announced two weeks earlier, before his Saturday briefing barrage of Cummings Questions…

A Downing Street spokesman said Boris has committed to taking one press conference every week alongside scientific and medical experts. The end of the weekend briefings, which have been a staple of the crisis since mid-March, signals that the country is well on the path to a new normal. The schedule may yet be cut back even further, with the Mail on Sunday reporting exasperation over the time the TV addresses take up “when some clearly haven’t added to the nation’s understanding”…

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