Ridge Introduces Leader of “Scottish Labia”

The face on Kezia Dugdale…

Owen Jones Backs Air Strikes in Iraq

Owen Jones, asked by Dan Hodges if Britain should take out terrorists in Iraq replies: “Yes“.

Always said Owen liked to drone on…

Katie Hopkins Sacked By LBC

There’ll be champagne corks popping among LBC staff who had to be associated with her.

New Dates for Andrew Neil Leader Interviews

New dates have been released for the Andrew Neil interviews rescheduled due to the Manchester terror attack. Tune into BBC One on the below dates… 

Friday 26 May 7pm – Jeremy Corbyn
Sunday 28 May 6pm  – Nicola Sturgeon
Monday 29 May 7:30pm  – Paul Nuttall. Doesn’t clash with the Sky News debate which starts at 8.30pm…
Thursday 1 June 7pm – Tim Farron

Cancel your plans tonight…

Canary’s “Batsh*t” Conspiracy Theory About Sun’s Front Page

Here’s the pro-Corbyn Canary claiming that “This was what The Sun chose to put on its front page in the aftermath” of the Manchester Arena attack. As Dominic Ponsford, the editor of the Press Gazette, put it, this is “Batsh*t reporting”.

Anyone who had the slightest understanding would realise that this was put out before the tragic news from Manchester broke. The actual front page splash in The Sun’s second edition was

At best the Canary is batsh*t crazy or more likely deliberately misleading readers out of left-wing malice towards The Sun. One reader is the Labour MP Barry Sheerman:

In reality News UK gave £100,000 to a fund for Manchester victims and Sun readers have so far donated £60,000 to the fund. Barry Sheerman is an idiot.

Guardian Publishes May Conspiracy Theory

You’d expect this sort of conspiratorial absurdity from Skwawkbox or Rufus Hound. Guardian hacks must be pretty embarrassed about their retirement ready cartoonist Steve Bell this morning.

Corbynista Site Skwawkbox Blames May for Attack

Skwawkbox is one of the preferred online news outlets of Jeremy Corbyn’s office. It has close, regular contact with Corbyn’s team – Barry Gardiner even gave them an interview two weeks ago. Today Skwawkbox blames Theresa May for the Manchester attack, claiming she has “called in troops” to “hide her weakness and blame“. The site says May has announced she is suspending campaigning until Sunday – this is fake news, she has not said that – and that this “was never anything more than cover” that “allowed her to monopolise soundbites of Cobra meetings and threat levels to shore up her crumbling image”. Skwawkbox describes the “decision to call in the army” as a “blatant” attempt “to cover her own culpability”, directly blaming May for the attack: “it is her actions, inaction and cuts that endanger us”. Remember, Skwawkbox is closely read, briefed and aided by Corbyn’s office.

Meanwhile, the son of Jeremy Corbyn’s communist election chief Andrew Murray has said the attack came at an “unbelievably ideal time for those in power”. Jack Murray wrote that the bombing was being used as a “campaign tool” for the Tories. It’s what the Corbynistas are really thinking…

Mail and Express Spare Theresa

Dacre and Desmond went all in with their praise for May’s manifesto and “social care revolution” last week, only to be made to look like chumps by the u-turn. The Mail and Express generously spare Theresa any front page blushes…

UPDATE: Though the Mail’s Stephen Glover tells Newsnight: “There’s no doubt the original policy was a cock-up and an own goal.”

Crick Roasts “Weak and Wobbly” May: “The Lady Is For Turning”

Watch for the Theresa death stare…

Academic Study: Broadcasters Were Biased Towards Remain

An academic study by a team of media studies professors* found that the Tory press is biased against Corbyn and the Labour supporting press is more favourable to Jezza. Taxpayers once again wasting money in academic studies of the bloody obvious. Well at least it keeps the hackademics off the streets…

They also found that the supposedly impartial broadcasters – the likes of Faisal and Peston – did give more airtime to pro-Remain voices during the referendum. Guido could have told them that for free…

*David Deacon, Professor of Communication and Media Analysis, Loughborough University; Dominic Wring, Professor of Political Communication, Loughborough University; Emily Harmer, Lecturer in Communication and Media Studies, Loughborough University; James Stanyer, Professor of Communication and Media Analysis, Loughborough University, and John Downey, Professor of Comparative Media Analysis, Loughborough University

Who’s On Question Time Tonight

Daily Politics Election Interviews Thick of It Mash-Up

R.I.P. Roger Ailes, Genius Founder of Fox News

Leveson 2 and Section 40 Binned

One piece of good news: the Tories have pledged to scrap Leveson 2 and the press freedom-threatening Section 40. Here’s the wording:

“We will not proceed with the second stage of the Leveson Inquiry… we will repeal Section 40 of Crime and Courts Act 2014, which, if enacted, would force media organisations to become members of a flawed regulatory system or risk having to pay the legal costs of both sides in libel and privacy cases, even if they win.”

Bye bye Hacked Off, Evan Harris, Hugh Grant, Brian Cathcart et al…

Support Guardian’s First Class Journalism

Ever wondered how the Guardian spends the cash it gets from readers who give into those begging pop-ups?

£119 per first class ticket this morning…

Labour Peer: Laura K’s Grandfather Turning in Grave

Piss artiste peer Lord Foulkes seems to have suffered from the perils of post-lunch tweeting. Foulkes has continued the latest unsavoury Labour trend of using BBC journalists’ families against them, writing that Laura Kuenssberg’s late grandfather would be “turning in his grave” at her apparently biased reporting. Stay classy…

Cult of Corbyn

Moustachioed Morning Star eccentric Peter Lazenby used his question at Labour’s manifesto launch to speak truth to power and really hold Jeremy Corbyn to account: “Can anything be done about the shockingly biased media?”. That’s the Morning Star, officially affiliated to the Communist Party…

Meanwhile, the Labour-supporting Mirror asked a real question about Corbyn’s unpopularity and were roundly booed. Corbyn implored his supporters to stop, telling them: “It’s not a cult of personality”. If you have to say it…

Maguire and Pierce: Spot the Difference

Turns out Andrew Pierce and Kevin Maguire’s comedy double-act extends well beyond their paper review appearances on Sky News. Those hectic media schedules mean they are now happy to share anecdotes for their columns. As you can compare and contrast above, Philip May is not the only thing that readers of the Mail (above left) and Mirror (right) will be doing a double take over. Seems Andy and Kev don’t disagree about everything…

Indy Newsroom Not So Indy

By day, Independent news reporter Niamh McIntyre writes punchy copy talking up Labour and bashing the Tories for the news section of the Indy website. When she clocks off Niamh dons her “F**k the Tories” necklace and “Vote Barry” sticker and campaigns for Labour’s press hater-in-chief Barry Gardiner in Brent North:

Niamh looks more like one of those “never kissed a Tory” types, so this seems like an incredibly generous offer to any blue rosette wearing types.

News with strong views…

Katie Perrior Joins News UK

Guido hears Theresa May’s recently departed Director of Communications Katie Perrior is joining News UK. She will be working as an election pundit for talkRADIO, News’s burgeoning radio station, alongside journalists from the Times and Sun. It has been well-documented that the advisers who have recently left had a frustrating time working in May’s Downing Street.[…] Read the rest

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