Man With Plane Trolls Owen Jones From the Sky

With Owen Jones visiting South Thanet yesterday to campaign for Labour, Simon Moores – an economist, Guardian contributor, councillor and pilot – saw his chance to troll the his lefty colleague from a great height. And troll him he did, by flying this banner over the constituency for the afternoon:

Moores tells Guido:

“I did it off my own back because I can’t stand Owen Jones. I can’t stand economic illiterates and Jones drives me crazy.”

One critic Owen can’t block…

Classic Guardian Freudian Slip

Ed Miliband unveils his “big promise” on the front page of tomorrow’s Guardian: no more borrowing. Can you spot the perfect Freudian slip?

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No need for a second edition, they had it right first time…

The Day the Polls Didn’t Turn

This is a poll of polls average for today only:

Worth noting that the Labour figure is inflated by their very high rating with Panelbase.

As you can see below, TNS, Panelbase and Survation all put Labour ahead, but the latest polls out tonight from ComRes and YouGov have the Tories in first:

Which makes this Guardian splash, released before the ComRes and YouGov polls, look rather premature:

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Too late to change the splash?

Apple’s Guardian Snub

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There was much embarrassment in King’s Place yesterday when the Guardian’s tech writers were forced write up an overview of other newspapers’ reviews of the Apple Watch instead of doing one of their own. Apple had refused to send the Guardian a review unit…

Despite the Guardian’s love of all things Apple – they even built iPads into the tables of their #guardiancoffee coffee shop – Apple snubbed them in favour of the Mail, Indy and Telegraph. Rumour has it that Apple are still smarting after the Guardian ran a withering article about the Apple Watch that was written by chief executive of a marketing company which represents luxury watch manufacturers.

They will just have to buy one like everyone else…

Owen Jones Exits Reality Based Community

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So we are not allowed to say that a metropolitan liberal lefty lives in North London and now pointing out that Ed Miliband ruined his brother’s life is apparently anti-Semitic.

A spectacularly hypocritical allegation from someone who works at the Guardian.

Could Labour cheerleaders please provide us with a list of pejorative terms we are allowed to use about their spanner of a leader?

Will Ed Balls End the Guardian’s Non-Domiciling of Corporate Assets?

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Further reading on the Guardian‘s tax hypocrisy:

Guardian Debate Mash-Up

Page 3 Totty Back in Print

… In today’s Guardian…

Mask Slips From Greenpeace ‘Health Charity’ Front

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A report published by “independent” medical charity Medact calling for a UK-wide moratorium on fracking, is nothing more than left-wing propaganda pushed by Green extremists, Gaia can reveal. The Guardian is already excitedly claiming that the report is prompting doctors and academics to call for a ban on fracking…

Health & Fracking was launched yesterday by Andy Haines, who wrote a chapter of a Greenpeace global warming report, and its lead author is David McCoy. McCoy is on the record saying that health professional associations should do more to lend their authority to the campaigning efforts of organisations such as Greenpeace.

Another contributor to the report is none other than Mike Hill. As previously revealed by Gaia, Hill is a fantasist who falsely claims to be an advisor to the government and EU and is running for parliament on an anti-fracking platform. Something the report didn’t see relevant to declare as a conflict of interest… 

Medact is funded by the ‘International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons UK’, of which Greenpeace is a partner organisation, along with Crisis Action, who include Greenpeace in its network of members. ‘Scientists for Global Responsibility’, whose Executive Director has collaborated with Greenpeace, also supported them. Do we detect a pattern here?

Gaia hears whispers that the report was originally scheduled for release last week, but Medact opted to drop it during purdah so that Public Health England could not respond…

Guardian Could Champion Better Bill Gates Cause

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The Guardian’sKeep it in the Ground’ anti-hydro-carbon fuels campaign, conveniently launched after the Guardian pocketed $1 billion from the sale of gas guzzler’s weekly AutoTrader, is well under way with more than 74,000 readers signing a petition urging the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to stop investing in energy corporations. According to the Guardian, these investments pose a “real threat to us all” and are morally misguided.

Bill Gates’ foundation’s malaria vaccine programme alone is on track to save 8.7 million of the worlds poorest from an agonising death by 2020. That’s 8.7 million more lives than will be saved by windmills.

Guardian Editor Final Two Rumour

A white Oxford educated, grammar school girl V a white Oxford educated, public school boy…

Guardian Smear Apple on Behalf of ‘Big-Watch” Lobby

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This week the Guardian ran a withering article by Martin McNulty about the new Apple Watch. In it McNulty accuses Apple of losing all credibility, likens the watch to the much-maligned Bluetooth headset and concludes by assuring readers that Steve Jobs would basically be turning in his grave.

So, who is this Martin McNulty? He’s the chief executive of marketing companies Forward3D and Locaria, whose clients include Kering, the owner of luxury watch manufacturers Ulysse Nardin, Jean Richard and Girard-Perregaux.

 The home of quality journalism…

Guardian Admit To Screwing Over Tech Company

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The Guardian have admitted that the scathing hatchet job they wrote about US tech company Whisper was largely false. Back in October the home of ‘quality journalism’ breached just about every tenet of media integrity after the reporters they sent to work on a media partnership with Whisper wrote a slimy exposé about them. As a result of the accusations that Whisper (who pride themselves on keeping their users data private) were spying on their customers, the company’s fortunes plummeted and senior management heads rolled.

Yesterday the Guardian deleted one of their articles about Whisper and reworded another – retracting much of their original allegations.

Facts are sacred…

Alan Rusbridger Receives Police Caution On Hampstead Heath

Via his Instagram:

“So I took this unremarkable picture on Hampstead Heath this morning while being photographed by@davidlevene. The minute speck in the middle of the picture became very upset… and 10 minutes I was being cautioned by a police officer on behalf of @davidlevene for his illegal use of a tripod. Unlike some editors I believe in taking the rap when caught red-handed”

Free the Islington one!

UPDATE: Rusbridger speaks.

Professor Greenslade Overlooks Guardian’s Double-Digit Decline

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Media commentator Roy Greenslade reports that the Sun’s circulation was down to 1,842,284 copies a day in February, a fall of 6.89%. Professor Greenslade, writing in the Guardian, speculates as to if it is due to the suspension of the traditional Page 3 Girl from the print edition – though she can still be found in all her glory in the online edition.

Greenslade does a fairly balanced analysis of the situation over a thousand or so words. It is only when the determined Guardian reader reaches the fourth last sentence of the column that he learns that the Guardian itself actually had a worse drop in readership of 10.34%. The worst performance of any national daily newspaper in the country. Mind you the Sunday sister-paper, The Observer, lost 11.28% of its readers…

Election Result Due Imminently

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There is another election result due soon…

UPDATE: Media Guardian beats Media Guido for once….

kath-vinerStaff of the Guardian and Observer have voted in favour of Katharine Viner, the current editor-in-chief of Guardian US, in an indicative ballot on who should be the next editor-in-chief after Alan Rusbridger steps down after 20 years this summer.

Some 53% of those who voted backed Viner with a first choice vote of 438. In second place was Emily Bell, director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University and a non-executive director of Guardian-owner the Scott Trust with 188 votes. Janine Gibson, editor-in-chief of theguardian.com, was in close third place, with 175 votes. Wolfgang Blau, GNM’s director of digital strategy, received 29 votes.

The G-Factor Candidates Audition

The Guardian editor pitches are out, with some deliciously cringworthy brown-nosing submitted in the“candidate statements” of the new wannabe Rusbridgers.

Janine Gibson, one of the favourites, goes for the Islington vote:

“we’re a meeting place for the communities we create around shared passions whether its county cricket, poetry, theatre or watching strangers date wearing Google Glass”

Hotly-tipped Katharine Viner has some innovative crowd-pleasing ideas:

“Themed roles would help us tell a coherent international story: correspondents for water, fossil fuels, women’s rights, a 1% correspondent.”

Meet Wolfgang Blau, the ‘check your privilege’ candidate:

“In regards to our journalistic portfolio, I would like to propose that we substantially increase the diversity of voices – politically, as well as ethnically… I am not a woman and I have not grown up in the United Kingdom. I can only promise to you that as the Editor-in-Chief – should you vote for me and should the Scott Trust choose to appoint me – I will do everything I possibly can to make sure women succeed in their careers at the Guardian.”

While Emily Bell goes for the tried and tested butter ’em up approach:

“This is a defining moment for the Guardian. You are among the very best journalists in the world. You have produced stories that have challenged the powerful – from News Corp and Scotland Yard to the US intelligence agencies – with courage and brilliance.”

Sluuurp!

Telegraph and Guardian At War

Last night the Telegraph dismissed the Guardian as “cushioned from commercial reality by a generously-endowed charitable trust”, this afternoon they accuse them of hypocrisy:

“in July last year Apple bought wraparound advertising on The Guardian’s website and stipulated that the advertising should not be placed next to negative news.

A Guardian insider said that the headline of an article about Iraq on The Guardian’s website was changed amid concerns about offending Apple, and the article was later removed from the home page entirely.”

Shots fired…

Telegraph Whitehall Editor Quits For Guardian

Yet another one jumps: the Telegraph’s Whitehall and Investigations editor Holly Watt, of expenses scandal and Vince Cable sting fame, joins the Guardian. Will the last person to leave the Telegraph please pay back the HSBC loan

Owen Jones Distances Himself From Guardian

 

Challenged by Toby Young on the Daily Politics, Owen Jones swerved the question of the Guardian attacking offshore tax shelters whilst sheltering half-a-billion of its assets in the Caymans:

“I am not responsible for my employer’s tax affairs.”

While writing in today’s paper that “while the poor’s smallest misdemeanours are punished, the rich are able to draft the loopholes they then use to avoid tax”…[…] Read the rest

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“There is a timidity and lack of ambition about Mrs May’s Government which means it constantly disappoints. Time to raise your game, Prime Minister.”

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