BBC Journalist Suspended For Calling Tories “New Nazis”

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The BBC journalist who Guido last week revealed had called the government “new Nazis” has been suspended. BBC Look North’s Danny Carpenter, a veteran reporter and lifelong leftie, posted the ill-advised rant on his personal Facebook page in breach of the Beeb’s impartiality guidelines. A spokesman says:

“We’re taking these allegations very seriously and the journalist concerned will not be reporting for the BBC pending the outcome of our investigation.”

Even the BBC realises that its perceived impartiality might be undermined by journalists ranting about the government being “new Nazis”… 

BBC Journalist Calls Government “New Nazis”

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When Boris criticised the BBC’s impartiality in his conference speech the Beeb’s panjandrums mumbled about how everyone complaining means they must be doing something right. Crazy Corbynistas claiming Auntie props up neo-liberal patriarchy is not quite the same as most fair-minded people recognising that on issues such as immigration and Brexit she is out of tune with mainstream Britain. Don’t take Guido’s word for it, listen to former director-general Mark Thompson, in a Media Masters interview last week he said: “journalists as a group tend in their personal politics towards the Left.” That it would help “to have Conservatives, people who tend to think from a perspective that goes with the Right rather than the Left, across your newsroom.”

The BBC has guidelines about journalists mouthing off their left-wing views on Twitter, guidelines ignored by Danny Carpenter of BBC Look North, who has rip on Facebook about the government in a comment on a post by Caroline Lucas of the Green Party:

“Hear hear! Now let’s see the Labour Party grow some proper balls and unite in the lobbies to vote out every cynical, vicious, racist and xenophobic piece of legislation these new Nazis propose and let’s start by demanding a commons debate on Brexit and voting out this utterly undemocratic and non-legally binding referendum result which was achieved by a combination of dishonest fearmongering and lies about the economy”

A view no doubt shared widely in BBC newsrooms…

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Corbynista Bank Smasher Dropped From Question Time

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Last week Corbynista mouthpiece Aaron Bastani boasted to his Facebook friends that he had been pencilled in to appear on tomorrow’s Question Time. Well, the producers have changed their minds and booked Caroline Lucas instead. Shame, Dimbers could have asked Aaron about his conviction for his role in smashing up a bank, as revealed by Guido on Monday

Tories Failing to Keep 15 Election Promises

Back in February the Sunday Politics launched its Manifesto Tracker, recording which election promises the Tories have kept or broken. Remember the pledge to require migrants to contribute for four years before they can claim benefits or tax credits? No word on whether that will be kept post-Brexit. The promise of no child benefit or tax credit for overseas children of EU migrants? Cameron’s renegotiation failed on both of these, May’s government has since said nothing. And what about Osborne’s target of surplus before end of parliament? It was always fantasy, and May and Hammond have formally dropped that commitment. The BBC’s analysis counts 15 election pledges on which no progress has been made. They made good on their promise of a referendum at least… 

See the tracker in full here.

BBC Investigated Vaz Last Year

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A team of BBC journalists was given high-level clearance to investigate serious sex allegations concerning Keith Vaz last year. The special unit was led by a reporter who specialises in sex crime stories. It interviewed a number of witnesses and found evidence that Vaz had cheated on his wife with young men. The team was reportedly given significant resources and director general Tony Hall was informed – unsurprising given the high-profile target and in the wake of the Newsnight / Lord McAlpine debacle. The investigation also looked at a number of as yet unpublished allegations. Wonder what they found? And why the programme never aired…

Owen Smith: There is No Chasm Between PLP and Membership

Owen Smith has them in stitches at the BBC hustings this morning:

“I don’t think there is a chasm between the PLP and the membership. Well, there’s laughter there but I think there has been a false narrative created that there has been a great big chasm”

Okaaaay…

Another Useful Owen Smith BBC Connection

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Owen Smith is a bit of a BBC luvvie having worked there as a producer for ten years, and his handy connections to Auntie don’t end there. Oily’s campaign team includes Olivia Pienaar, a Labour aide who is organising his support from within parliament. Olivia is by all accounts a talented young staffer who works as a bag-carrier to Rachel Reeves. However her appointment ruffled some feathers among Labour moderates who whined that she only got the gig because her dad is BBC deputy political editor John Pienaar. Guido dreads to think what the Corbynistas will say when they find out this family link between the Beeb and the Smith campaign. Don’t tell The Canary or we’ll never hear the end of it…

Beeb Still Offering Ethnic Minority Only Places

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A job advert on W4MP shows the BBC is still selectively recruiting based on race, despite the backlash caused by similar schemes earlier this year. The advert states:

“All roles advertised through Creative Access are only open to UK nationals from a black, Asian or non-white ethnic minority.”

Practices like this were blasted by Sir Trevor McDonald, while Tory MPs called it “racist”…

Macho, Laddish Culture of BBC Wales Boyos

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A veteran BBC Wales correspondent gets in touch with curious tale that took place at the Beeb’s Cardiff studios a few years back. The office was renowned for its macho, laddish culture, sexual shenanigans and boyo banter. The women in the newsroom were often on the receiving end of the work-hard-play-hard mentality of the blokes. One day, a young female presenter had an absolute car crash of an interview. She was a relative newbie, but everything went wrong and one producer in particular was not impressed. When she returned to her third-floor office desk she found a series of arrows printed on pieces of paper, leading up to the window ledge. The implication being that she should jump out. If you were that presenter or know which producer was responsible for the tasteless gag, we’d love to hear from you

Lily Cole Fronts BBC “CEO Secrets” Series After Running Company Into Ground

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Who have the BBC got to front their new “CEO Secrets” series? Model, actor, and “entrepreneur” Lily Cole has been offering her “tips for business success”:

“Believe in what you’re doing and know why you’re doing it, so it’s very hard to run a business, and there’s going to be up and down moments, and in those down moments what pulls you through is, you know, inner conviction of knowing why you’re doing what you’re doing and believing in it.” 

Inspiring stuff.

In other news, Lily’s taxpayer-subsidised social network Impossible.com has reported losses of £256,000 in 2015 and £250,000 in 2014. That’s despite taking a huge £200,000 grant from the Cabinet Office in 2013. The site achieved just 45,000 visitors last month. Please, Lily, tell us your secret…

Farewell, Giles!

Westminster telly legend Giles Dilnot leaves the Daily Politics today for the Legatum Institute. Here are some of his best bits…

‘Impartial’ BBC Newsroom Celebrates Whitto Sacking

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This very silly tweet from BBC journalist Ed Ram has swiftly been deleted. The Beeb’s impartiality out in full force on reshuffle day. Well done Ed for giving the game away…

UPDATE: A BBC spokesman comments: “We’re not commenting.”

Auntie’s Kidding No-One on Leadsom Quitting “Scoop”

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Note the timestamps…

Laura Kuenssberg follows Guido on Twitter. Her tweet was by definition not a scoop – as over 200,000 followers of Guido’s Twitter feed know. Lobby hacks were already furiously re-tweeting Guido before Laura followed up three minutes later. So this bit of bragging from BBC News is just demonstrably untrue:

Mark Thompson the former Director-General of the BBC explained a truth of modern digital journalism:

“… Guido Fawkes and a thousand others may deliver their scoops and insights with less precision and restraint than their traditional counterparts, but they deliver them all the same…”

Guido’s co-conspirators know we’re #1 for fast breaking political news; last week we broke the news that Nigel Farage was stepping down as UKIP leader before any other media outlet. Embarrassing that Auntie is trying to spin otherwise…

BBC Declares Brexit Winner

History in the making…

Boris Looks Forward to Independence Day

“If we stand up for democracy, we’ll be sticking up for hundreds of millions of people around Europe who agree with us, who currently have no voice. And if we vote leave, and take back control, I believe that this Thursday will be our countries independence day.” Boris saves the best line until last…

Cameron: Leave Voters ‘Confused’

Audience member: “What I don’t understand is with all these experts that you’ve got saying we should stay in, why the British public isn’t more convinced, why is Brexit in the lead?”

Cameron: “Well, I think people have found this debate, and all the facts and the figures, perhaps quite confusing. People need to think very carefully.”

That’ll win ’em round…

BBC Wembley Debate Line-Ups

Remain employ some squad rotation after a poor showing on ITV. Leave’s dream team are unchanged…

Who is on Question Time Tonight?

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If two hours of politics tonight wasn’t enough…

McDonnell Told Activists to “Target” Journalists

Who’s responsible for winding up Labour lefties to the point where they boo and hiss the BBC’s political editor? This video of John McDonnell from 2013 is worth a watch –  he tells activists to take “direct action” to “target” journalists they don’t like.[…] Read the rest

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