He’s looking very tired and irritable…
He’s looking very tired and irritable…
Last week Robbie Gibb, the PM’s spin-doctor and former BBC politics supremo got into a spat with Krishnan Guru-Murthy:
Guido doesn’t think Krishnan’s interviewing style is anything like Jon “F**k the Tories“ Snow, he suspects Robbie has however got an impression of Krishnan’s thinking from moments like this on Friday night:
Krishnan Guru-Murthy let slip his position when he was talking to Labour Party MP Louise Ellman and Labour Party campaigner Owen Jones:
“… isn’t it weird for a man [Frank Field] who was seen as so sort of anti our position on immigration to now claim that the Labour Party is seen as racist?”
Oops… is it any wonder Robbie doesn’t put government ministers and MPs on Channel 4 News?
UPDATE: Krishnan responds
I meant “our” as shorthand for very broadly government/opposition (who have both allowed large scale EU and Non-EU migration) but I agree I should have been more precise so was open to be understood the way you did (which is totally not what I meant).
Slip of the tongue on Sky News this morning as the phrase “Labour leadership” came out as “Labour shit”. Freudian slip?
SKY News’ Lewis Goodall was charged by an elephant mid-interview in Africa this afternoon. “Off to the sunny Brexit uplands…”
In a quick response to to Andrew Marr’s hurried announcement yesterday that his Sunday show is moving to ten o’clock, Ridge is grabbing the nine o’clock slot. Of course Peston has beaten them both by retreating to Wednesday nights. This all brings back memories of the great morning email wars of of 2017.* Smart move. Ridge will now be more likely to set the agenda…
Guido hears the Daily Mirror are looking for a new political editor, with incumbent Andy Gregory set to join the Sunday Times as health editor Still the biggest selling left-of-centre paper in Britain, the paper has always been Corbyn sceptic. Could it really jump a generation and to the left with a new pol ed? As ever we bring you your runners and riders…
Jeremy Corbyn set out his media policy in a speech in Edinburgh this morning, it felt very sinister in its implications. That is not just Guido’s feeling, that was according to the Labour Party’s former Head of Press & Broadcasting, Jo Green;
“I find elements of these media reforms rather sinister. And I don’t believe for a second that they are motivated by a belief that a future government should be held to greater journalistic scrutiny.”
Corbyn wants to set up a state-backed British Digital Corporation to rival Netflix – in addition to BBC iPlayer – he wants it to work in the interests of the many not the few and he wants to “democratise” the BBC with an elected board. We all know what this means, invariably left-wing activist cranks would get editorial control of the BBC and Laura Kuenssberg would be burnt at the stake. Everywhere in the world this happens the media becomes a tool of of despotic governments – this may be why it appeals. Corbyn’s friends in Tehran and Damascus have media channels which pump out glorification of their sponsors and denunciations of their opponents. Continuously hammered by a free press, you can see the appeal for Jezza.
Even in Western European countries (like France) where the government subsidises some of the media in the interests of diversity or plurality, the subsidised media become captured tame creatures unwilling to bite the hand that finances them. The only guarantee of an independent media is financial independence. Profitable news outlets are fearless because they know they don’t have to bend the knee to survive.
The hard-left’s imperative to control the media stems from their essentially totalitarian world view. Their dreary left-wing papers have no popular appeal so they want to control the genuinely popular press which they correctly see as permanently antagonistic towards their ambitions. John McDonnell has been candid in the past;
“I don’t think we should let the traditional media off the hook… Where there is a distorted report or an inaccurate report, or where there’s a non-report by the traditional media, we take direct action against it.”
The hard-left and their opponents agree on one thing, a free press stands in the way of their transforming society…
Last night’s Channel 4 News didn’t exactly go to plan. First they wrongly introduced Hillary supporting, Democrat voting, Harvard Law School Emeritus Professor Alan Dershowitz as an ‘adviser to Donald Trump’, before he demolished their holier than thou attitude towards the state of U.S. politics.
“Where is the moral backbone of Great Britain to have as the head of the Labour Party a virulent anti-Semite, a virulent hater of Jews and the nation state of the Jewish people.
Don’t lecture us about our political system as long as you have Jeremy Corbyn who may potentially become the next Prime Minister of England. Shame on Great Britain for allowing that to come to pass.”
You’ll want to watch this…
Facebook has removed more than 284 pages and accounts with apparent links to Iran across the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. Cyber security firm FireEye tipped Facebook off to the accounts it says are likely to be part of an Iranian state media network and are dedicated to pushing Iranian foreign policy aims. Among these appear to be the election of Jeremy Corbyn and Scottish independence.
The pages, which had names like ‘Free Scotland 2014’ and ‘The British Left’ were followed by almost one million Facebook users. Before he became leader of the Labour Party, Corbyn took up to £20,000 in fees from the Iranian state broadcaster PressTV. Iran is Israel’s primary strategic enemy, no surprise they back Jeremy Corbyn…
A letter sent from Home Secretary Sajid Javid to the Home Affairs Select Committee Chair, Yvette Cooper, outlining the mistakes of the Home Office over Windrush has mysteriously leaked to the Guardian’s Amelia Gentleman, who has selectively quoted from it in an article published last night.
The coverage glossed over one of the most striking parts of Sajid’s letter – the revelation that half of the 164 Windrush removals and detentions began under Labour between 2002 and 2010 – when David Blunkett, Charles Clarke, John Reid, Jacqui Smith, and Alan Johnson were Home Secretaries. Amelia Gentlemen, who often writes Guardian stories which are flattering to Yvette Cooper, neglects to report this part of the story. Will Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott be personally apologising on behalf of the Labour Party for their historic policy towards the Windrush generation?
Tory MP Mark Francois has made a formal complaint to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards regarding undeclared trips by Jeremy Corbyn based on his – or more likely some lucky researcher – trawling through back copies of the Morning Star. To forget one or two over the years would be unfortunate. To forget to declare this many is suspicous;
Who knew the Morning Star could be so informative? He’ll no doubt just get a slap on the wrist…
UPDATE: Co-conspirators are contacting Guido with even more undeclared trips made by Mr. Corbyn. Here he blogs about observing elections in Gaza in 2005, but such a trip never appears on his register of interests…
Not so much a dog whistle in this Morning Star editorial, and more of a foghorn. Apparently “wealthy and powerful circles” are traducing the Palestinian cause and exploiting “the bogus anti-semitism furore” surrounding Jeremy Corbyn. The editorial then goes on to attack the Munich widows. Who could they possibly mean by “wealthy and powerful circles”?
A new #BBCswitchoff hashtag is sweping across the more loopy sections of Twitter, as Corbynistas attempt to organise a mass boycott of the Beeb tonight. Supporters are saying the BBC is ‘infested’ with ‘Zionists’, is a tool of ‘Conservative propaganda’, and that the licence fee should go to Channel 4 instead. Some are even calling on each other to throw their TVs in the bin…
And of course Corbynistas’ favourite impartial TV channel is chiming in on the act:
How will the Beeb cope?
It seems to Guido that everyone on Twitter could do with being a bit nicer to each other. Take this almighty brouhaha between Owen Jones and Matt Kelly, editor of the Remoaner newspaper The New European. The paper’s front page depicted OJ in tears, imagery Owen denounced as homophobic:
But of course the only one crying on this cover is the gay guy, in no way is the overly emotional / hysterical gay man one of the oldest homophobic tropes in the book https://t.co/amxKQ9fD45
— Owen Jones🌹 (@OwenJones84) August 15, 2018
He accused his Remainer critics of Trumpian rhetoric:
Finally, I genuinely don’t give a toss how @TheNewEuropean portray me, fill their boots, about 85 people read that magazine anyway, but it’s important not to let this sort of Trumpian stuff get normalised.
— Owen Jones🌹 (@OwenJones84) August 15, 2018
The New European responded by doubling down and issuing this statement insisting Owen “often acts like a tantrum throwing cry baby”.
In response to those on Twitter claiming our cover is homophobic: pic.twitter.com/URm8MmQIyR
— The New European (@TheNewEuropean) August 15, 2018
Before editor Kelly called top Corbynista Aaron Bastani a “pr*ck” and accused the New Statesman’s Stephen Bush of “bullsh*t”, and locked his account. Time for this lot to take a couple of weeks off and come back in September relaxed and refreshed…
Six anti-Boris stories on the BBC Politics homepage this afternoon. Not one mention of Corbyn’s Munich Massacre row, despite it leading on other broadcasters, featuring in every newspaper, and Corbyn recording a piece to camera about it today.
The BBC website isn’t even pretending to be impartial now.
MediaGuido has never quite understood why Sky News, an impartial broadcaster bound by Ofcom rules, allows its political correspondents to opine about how much they don’t like the Tories and Brexit on the “Sky Views” section of its website. Suppose it doesn’t make much difference from their output on telly…
Today, Sky’s Lewis Goodall has written a long attack on Boris. Goodall has decided that Boris “surely knew” what he was doing from the start and that he “intended” the whole row to play out as it did. No actual evidence of this, naturally, and no reporting to justify the claim. Goodall goes on to argue Boris only got away with it because he is posh, compares him to Enoch Powell and says “I give the suggestion that there has been an increase in the numbers of attacks on women wearing the niqab in recent days absolute credibility”. No statistics or reporting to reasonably measure this, obviously.
Some other Goodall classics include “Brexit talks cannot succeed”, written in September 2017. If you’ve ever got the impression that Sky’s political correspondents are a bunch of left-leaning Remainers, you might be onto something… Goodall is a former Labour Party activist and researcher at the Labour wonk shop the IPPR.
Lewis is entitled to his partisan pro-Labour Party views, but why are they being aired by a supposedly impartial broadcaster?
Indeed, as a Sky News output prod I was categorically told I could not write for a certain conservative leaning professional blog lest there be any impartiality issues. So surprised my former employers are now allowing opinion pieces by reporters with party connections
— Jay Singh-Sohal (@JSinghSohal) August 13, 2018
You don’t hear the outraged of Twitter going on about the BBC and the Guardian mocking the burka. Stephen Fry made the same joke as Boris on Have I Got News For You, before Ian Hislop and Paul Merton joined in:
Stephen Fry: “I just posted something in that.”
Ian Hislop: “We must stop meeting like this, Camilla.”
Paul Merton: “Prince Charles is surprised when a pint of Guinness looks at him in a funny way.”
This was Polly Toynbee in the Guardian:
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