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BBC’s ‘Community Nurse’ is Prolific Corbynista Campaigner

Yesterday evening the BBC News Channel interviewed nurse Danielle Tiplady live in her NHS uniform. The on-screen caption described her only as a “community nurse“. Tiplady was highly critical of the government on NHS workers’ pay: “I know one friend for example who’s being forced to sell her flat because she cannot survive on a nurses’s salary.” The implication was that this is an ordinary nurse speaking on behalf of her colleagues…

Tiplady’s appearance was subsequently clipped and shared on Jeremy Corbyn’s official social media channels. The optics of an ordinary, uniformed nurse criticising the government would, of course, be irresistible for Labour. But neither the BBC nor Team Jez mentioned that Tiplady is far from your average nurse. While softly spoken on the news, Tiplady is, in fact, a vociferous hard-left campaigner…

  • Until recently Tiladay’s Twitter account used the name “Danielle vote Labour”.
  • Her bio still contains a heart emoji for the Labour Party.
  • She has addressed dozens of protest rallies where her favourite chant is “Tories out!”.
  • Addressed a CND rally alongside Corbyn while a student nurse at Kings College London.
  • Writes for “revolutionary socialist website” Counterfire.
  • Writes for the communist Morning Star.
  • She is a leader of the “sack Jeremy Hunt” Bursary or Bust campaign.

And here she is with the man himself:

The Corbynistas forever claim the Beeb are biased against them, yet Auntie didn’t mention any of this on the news last night…

Radio 4 Gossips Link Peston to Today

Radio 4 sources are loudly and widely sharing concerns that Sarah Sands is planning big changes at the Today programme. They have been circulating a rumour – which has been repeated to Guido unprompted by blabbermouth non-BBC industry sources – that Sands wants Robert Peston to present the flagship programme. This does sound unlikely to Guido, he is on a hefty wedge at ITV and the prospect of his idiosyncratic style on the Radio 4 airwaves is not likely to be popular at Broadcasting House. It is not impossible that this is disinformation being spread by Beeb refuseniks trying to undermine Sands. World at One presenter Martha Kearney has also been linked to Today. What would that mean for Jim Naughtie…

BBC’s Softball Brexit Questions Prove Robbo’s Point


Nick Robinson’s comment in the Radio Times that “the referendum is over. The duty we broadcasters had to ‘broadly balance’ the views of the two sides is at an end” revealed much about the Today programme’s attitude to covering Brexit. Take a look at Mishal Husain’s line of questioning during her interview with Sadiq Khan this morning. This was her cringingly deferential first question:

“You’ve talked at length about how concerned you are to protect London as a global financial centre after Brexit. How much assurance have you been given, and what could the government say that might stop jobs moving out of London in a way that we’re already seeing, from banks, from people like Goldman Sachs,  Lloyd’s of London is opening up a Brussels office. The movement is already happening.”

Completely softball, no scrutiny of Khan’s position, simply inviting him to speak without challenge. Husain also repeats the Remain spin about Lloyd’s (who actually say London will remain their major financial sector). Her final statement that “the movement is already happening” is overt Remain topspin to the point of being untrue.

Husain’s next question simply invited Khan to explain his new “flexible immigration” policy, again with no scrutiny. The job of interviewers is to probe, scrutinise and hold politicians to account, not repeat their spin and invite them to talk about how brilliant they are…

BBC Sense of Humour Bypass Over Eurovision April Fools

Readers of PinkNews must have felt their hearts skip a beat when they read the headline “BBC to announce that the UK is to withdraw from Eurovision” on Saturday. It was of course an April Fool, somewhat given away by the article’s eyebrow-raising claim that Ruth Davidson and Nicola Sturgeon wanted a referendum on whether Scotland would still put forward an entry. No one would fall for that, right?

Well it was enough to worry the BBC, who got in touch with PinkNews to demand they took the lighthearted story down because people might believe it. PinkNews refused. Two days later, MediaGuido hears Beeb jobsworths are still going on at Pink News to take it down. Makes you think the April Fool might be onto something…

Green Deputy Leader Gets Brillo’d

Green deputy leader Amelia Womack well out of her depth and without an answer for why she says the government is pursuing an “extreme” Brexit…

Channel 4 News Row Back on Naming Attacker

Tonight on Channel 4 News Simon Israel named hate preacher Abu Izzadeen AKA Trevor Brooks as the Westminster attacker. The BBC say they are wrong and that Izzadeen is still in jail:

Channel 4 News went back to a red-faced Israel at the end of their report, he reverse ferreted and said there was “some doubt” over his original report. Abu Izzadeen’s brother has called up Channel 4 News to tell them he wasn’t the attacker because he’s still in jail. Quite a blooper.  If you look closely, you can see Simon’s cheeks getting pinker… 

UPDATE: Plug pulled on Channel 4+1:

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Louise Mensch’s Superpowers

This was the most entertaining and extraordinary interview of the day. Good bit of mutual needling. Brillo is sceptical about her theory or belief that Putin had Andrew Breitbart assassinated in order to put Steve Bannon into the White House. It almost enters in to the realms of magical realism at points, stay for Louise’s exposition of her superpowers at the end. Guido believes her…

Farage: Will Probably Stand Again in Thanet South

No deal is better than where we are currently says Nigel:

Listen: Spreadsh*t Phil

This one is going to stick…

Facebook Reports BBC to Police

Facebook has reported a number of BBC journalists to the police after they “provided” them with evidence of child abuse image that appeared on the social network. It is obviously illegal to distribute child abuse images, so when Facebook asked the BBC to “provide examples of the material” they had apparently found, the Beeb’s lawyers should have sounded alarm bells. Instead, the BBC “did so”, and Facebook then reported them to the National Crime Agency. As a Facebook spokesman says:

“It is against the law for anyone to distribute images of child exploitation.”

And in their write up of the story the BBC admits to have confessed all. Wouldn’t it have been more sensible to invite them in and show them in person?

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Licence Fee Raised to £147

The annual television licence fee will increase to £147 from £145.50 on April 1 this year, the first increase since 2010. Bad week for the news to come out following revelations of bullying and heavy-handed enforcement practices and news that thousands of licence fee hearings are held in secret without legal representation. Meanwhile, ITV today announced a profit fall and advertising shortfall. Auntie taken care of for another year…

UPDATE: The Freedom Association’s Axe the TV Tax campaign say:

“It’s hardly a shock that the Beeb took the first opportunity it could to raise the licence fee. It will say that it’s still wonderful value – not that anything taken from you under the threat of a prison sentence can be described as value for money. It’s time this telly tax was abolished. We should have a choice whether or not we want to fund Auntie.” 

Now Hancock Gets Copeland Tory’s Name Wrong Too!

Last night Matt Hancock was unable to name Stoke Tory candidate Jack Brereton when asked by Andrew Neil. His excuse was that he had been up in Copeland…

This afternoon Hancock did the double, getting new Copeland Tory MP Trudy Harrison’s name wrong on Radio 2, repeatedly calling her Judy Harrison. When challenged and corrected by Jeremy Vine, Hancock shamelessly tried to bluff it. For goodness sake man, go to bed.

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Across West Socialism is in Retreat, Traditional Labour Voters Realigning

BBC Sources Revealed

If you look closely you can see that BBC News has inadvertently revealed their source for fast breaking top political news.

You’re either in front of Guido, or behind…

Corbyn Tells BBC: You Are Reporting Fake News

BBC: I’m aware of the issue of fake news at the moment.

JC: There’s a lot of it about.

BBC: Well, there’s a story going about that you’ve set a date for when you’re gonna quit as Labour leader.

JC: That’s on IMadeItUpYesterday.com.

BBC: Is there absolutely no truth in that?

JC: Absolute nonsense.

BBC: So your future as Labour leader is absolutely intact? You’ve not considered whether you as leader are damaging the party?

JC: I’m really surprised the BBC is reporting fake news. There is no news. 

The Trumpian rebrand continues, bigly!

Thornberry: Public Has Spoken

Emily Thornberry says “The public has spoken, so we do as we’re told”, that’s why we’re back triggering Article 50.[…] Read the rest

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