Clause for Owen Jones Moment

Guardian journalists have today been emailed by the editor, Kath Viner, a detailed set of company “social media guidelines.” “This document explains how we expect Guardian News & Media (GNM) employees and contributors to behave on social media”. Guido – an occasional contributor to the Guardian – the word rate means it is not worth abiding by the rules at the cost of lost banter. Buried inside the document there is specific clause that was apparently included as a result of complaints about Guardian journalists baiting Owen Jones on Twitter in an uncomradely way.

The ‘Owen Jones Clause’ appears under the subheading of “Tone”.

“Do not use social media to air internal disputes with colleagues or contributors, or with the Guardian”

Traditionally a drunken punch up outside the Coach & Horses in Clerkenwell was the accepted way to resolve internal disputes between Guardian hacks. Bloody tweeting snowflakes…

Hat-tip Mark Di Stefano
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Guardian U-Turns to Take Seumas’ Line

Curious about-turn at the Guardian over the last 24 hours. Thursday’s paper ran this strong leader criticising Corbyn and backing Theresa May’s conclusion on Russian responsibility:

“Mr Corbyn’s reluctance to share Mrs May’s basic analysis of the Salisbury incident made him look eager to exonerate a hostile power… Britain has been targeted with a chemical weapon and it is almost certain that there is only one plausible culprit with the means and the motive. The prime minister might not have as many tools for retaliation, unilateral or international, as she would like. But she has judged correctly that the time for equivocation, given the sinister nature of Mr Putin’s regime, is over.”

Yet this morning’s paper pours scorn on the previous day’s leader, running a story headlined: “UK’s claims questioned: doubts voiced about source of Salisbury novichok”. It echoes Seumas Milne’s line comparing the situation to Iraqi WMD, and quotes “arguments” on “social media” that the novichok could have come from “some non-state group, maybe criminals”. It even links to the infamous conspiracy theorist Craig Murray’s blog claiming “Israel undoubtedly has as much technical capacity as any state to synthesise Novichoks”. The decision to promote a source like Murray, a man who has spent time in a residential mental health facility, has caused bewilderment in the Guardian newsroom…

Guardian hacks are wondering why their paper’s line has changed so dramatically in such a short space of time. They doubt a respected journalist like Ewan MacAskill would write such an odd piece without instructions from above. Surely nothing to do with Seumas giving his old friend Kath Viner Corbyn’s big op-ed this morning…

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Kath Viner Not Keen on Seumas Affair Story

A Guardian source tells MediaGuido those photos of lefty lothario Seumas Milne were the talk of the newsroom yesterday. Hacks at Kings Place spent the day speculating about the identity of their former colleague’s blonde companion. Yet for some strange reason the tale doesn’t make today’s paper, despite being all over rival broadsheets. Seems editor Kath Viner is not keen on Seumas affair stories… 

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Guardian: “How Did the Language of Politics Get So Toxic?”

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Today’s Guardian publishes an opinion piece asking “how did the language of politics get so toxic?”. It criticises the “verbal violence” of metaphors used by the media, those who use words like “treachery” and “vermin“, and asks: “Why have we forgotten Jo Cox?”. The article has been tweeted out approvingly by the paper’s editor Kath Viner…

Of course, this is the same Guardian which has in the last month published headlines claiming Brexit is “an act of treachery”, accused Michael Gove of “weapons-grade treachery” and another calling him a “political serial killer”. The same Guardian which sells on its online shop t-shirts, mugs and prints of the famous Nye Bevan quote calling Tories “lower than vermin”:

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How did the language of politics get so toxic, indeed…

H/T Daniel Sugarman
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Seumas Milne’s Closeness to Guardian Editor

There has been consternation in Labour circles and at the Guardian over Seumas Milne being allowed to work for Jeremy Corbyn while “on leave” from King’s Place. The bizarre arrangement suggests he still has his column waiting for him if and when things go south with Jezza. How was the curious deal allowed to go ahead?

Guido hears that the key factor was his very close personal relationship with Guardian editor Kath Viner. The couple have been close friends for years and Kath is known to have always loved his column. Though staff on the paper have been perplexed at why £340,000-a-year Viner, a relative moderate politically, is so enamoured with the handsome revolutionary firebrand. Kath – 44 years-old and unmarried – is such a close ally of Seumas that he even “canvassed on her behalf for several months” when she was campaigning for the editorship. Sources say he was drumming up support for her “night and day 24/7”, causing many raised eyebrows at the time. The Guardian and the Labour leadership are closer than they’ve ever been…

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The Corbian Hiring

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The journal of record for Corbynistas is advertising for a “Wealth Correspondent”.  Are they thinking of launching an FT-style “How to spend it” section?

According to an email from Kath Viner (basic salary £340,000) they will cover “the wealth gap and the super-rich elite” Sort of like “How they spend it”? 

We are looking for a wealth correspondent to write news articles, features, liveblogs, interviews, background and other material on the wealth gap and the super-rich elite. Combining financial literacy with first-rate storytelling, you will generate exclusive news stories with national and international impact, focusing on the super-wealthy, their lives, their influence, and the impact they have on society.

Guido’s source inside King’s Place says “The wealth correspondent is a Corbyn correspondent by another name. Place has gone nuts for Corbyn. People like Freedland and Kettle are walking around in a daze.” Apparently when Corbyn came in the fan hysteria was worse even than when Benedict Cumberbatch visited…

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