Speaking to CNN, David Cameron has warned Rishi that tax rises in the budget “wouldn’t make any sense at all”, comparing the Covid economic crisis to a wartime scenario. Odd times get odder as the former PM joins forces with Labour to campaign against Tory tax rises…
If Cameron has ended his self-mandated silence on his successor’s policies and now plans Blair-like regular rare interventions readers who haven’t had their fill should note he is due to appear before a parliamentary select committee on security next month. Pencil in your calendars now…
CNN has condemned Buzzfeed for publishing the unverified Trump dossier and spoiling their more careful reporting of allegations against the President-Elect:
“CNN’s decision to publish carefully sourced reporting about the operations of our government is vastly different than Buzzfeed’s decision to publish unsubstantiated memos. The Trump team knows this. They are using Buzzfeed’s decision to deflect from CNN’s reporting, which has been matched by the other major news organizations.
We are fully confident in our reporting. It represents the core of what the First Amendment protects, informing the people of the inner workings of their government; in this case, briefing materials prepared for President Obama and President-elect Trump last week.
We made it clear that we were not publishing any of the details of the 35-page document because we have not corroborated the report’s allegations. Given that members of the Trump transition team have so vocally criticized our reporting, we encourage them to identify, specifically, what they believe to be inaccurate.”
Big fight between two liberal media outlets, even more pressure on Buzzfeed’s decision to publish now…
Editor @BuzzFeedBen tells me they’re “not going to participate in an attempt to divide the media against each other” following CNN criticism
— Michael Calderone (@mlcalderone) January 11, 2017
“Buzzfeed is a failing pile of garbage” – Donald Trump pic.twitter.com/IJgEZV01ih
— BBC Newsnight (@BBCNewsnight) January 11, 2017
The President-Elect says BuzzFeed “is a failing pile of garbage”, then refuses to take a question from CNN because: “You are fake news.”
Donald Trump refuses answer questions from CNN calling them fake news https://t.co/aq0gwA0SAI
— Sky News (@SkyNews) January 11, 2017
And responds to the Beeb: “BBC? That’s another beauty.”
“BBC News. That’s another beauty” pic.twitter.com/I0NrKTiI3e
— Daniel Sandford (@BBCDanielS) January 11, 2017
Arron Banks tells Guido he is lawyering up after CNN analyst and Washington Post columnist Josh Rogin claimed live on air that Brexit, UKIP and Banks were funded by the Russians. Banks says:
“It’s already been handed over to my US lawyer – most of this stuff is fair enough but this is beyond the pail. [sic]”
This tall tale has been doing the rounds for months – Banks himself has wound the rumours up by claiming a “KGB man” took him to the Russian Embassy. Попкорн!
As the rhetoric ratchets up and Israel leans towards launching a pre-emptive strike on Iran’s nuclear weapons programme, the regime feels it needs to reach out to the Western media, granting CNN’s Piers Morgan an interview to be broadcast Monday night. The evil egotistical megalomaniac is interviewing President Ahmadinejad…