Guardian’s Chicken Shop ‘Racism’ Hypocrisy

Lefties led by Twitter rent-a-gob David Lammy are have all gone clucking mad at the news the Home Office are using takeaway chicken shop boxes to advertise anti-knife crime messages. The insinuation is that the Department is somehow making a offensive connection between knife crime, black people and the racist trope of liking fried chicken. Of course a brief look at the actual hard facts behind the move completes undermines the hysteria…

Inevitably both the Guardian and Independent have jumped on the bandwagon, which is funny because just three days ago both publications covered a report uncovering how children are being “lured into crime by ‘chicken shop gangs’ offering free food“. Funny how Lammy didn’t accuse them of being racist then.

Either the Guardian and Indy editors have very short memories, or they’re just cynically stirring up outrage…

Media Storm Over Iceland Hunting is a Load of Puff

A host of papers have latched on to a fake meme that hordes of Brits are travelling to Iceland in order to trophy hunt puffins, in a call to ban the practice. The only problem is there’s no evidence that such trophy hunting is actually taking place…

  • The Telegraph alleged that “Puffins are being hunted 100 at a time by trophy collectors who are allowed to bring the carcasses back to the UK”
  • The Mirror said that “British trophy hunters are flocking to Iceland to shoot up to 100 puffins at a time – before bringing the carcasses back home.”
  • The Independent went with “British trophy hunters are killing up to 100 puffins at a time during hunting trips to Iceland”

But Iceland only hands out 100 hunting licences to foreigners each year, mostly for reindeer or goose hunting. The Icelandic Hunting Association was bemused by the stories, explaining “foreigners can only hunt less than 250 meters from the shore and the puffin is beyond that.”

The articles cite the figure of Brits paying £3,000 to hunt, but that turns out to be just a crude conversion from a $3450 price listed on an American website based in Montana and aimed at American tourists. Not to do with ‘British trophy hunters’ at all…

More bizarrely still, each article is accompanied by photos that have nothing to do with Britain. Áki Ármann Jónsson, President of the Icelandic Hunting Association and the former head of Iceland’s Environment Agency said “The picture with the news story is from 2010 from the Icelandic company The Icelandic Hunting Club, they hunt about 200 puffins yearly” out of a population of 5-6 million. That didn’t stop the stories racking up thousands of outrage-shares…

UPDATE: Following Guido’s fact-based research into this story, the Independent, the Mirror and the Metro have removed all references to British trophy hunters from their articles. The Telegraph are yet to back down…

Indy Complains Too Many “White Men” in Tory Leadership Race

Dominated by white men? Errr, who is going to tell them….

PA’s Woodcock Replacing Indy’s Watts

Guido hears Andy Woodcock from the Press Association has been appointed political editor of the Independent to replace Joe Watts. More when we have it…

UPDATE: Following Guido’s story, Woodcock has confirmed the move. Guido hopes he gets speedier once he has moved to the digital-only Indy…

Indy and Mirror Worst For Gender Byline Equality

Research by Women in Journalism has found that between 5 June and 22 July the Independent and the Mirror were the worst news organisations for gender byline equality. 91% of Indy front-page bylines during the period were male, just 9% of stories were written by women. The Mirror wasn’t much better, their gender byline ratio was 90% was 10%. The Mirror might be bro-cialists but the Indy spends its whole time lecturing on gender equality, so this is pretty damning for them. In the same period covered by the survey the Guy Newsroom was 25% female, a similar result to The Times…

H/T Press Gazette

Remain Papers Backing Juncker

The coverage of some newspapers breathlessly endorsing Juncker’s nonsense today is remarkable. Not sure siding with Jean-Claude is a great look for Remainers…

UPDATE: Iain Martin agrees over on Reaction.

Indy Newsroom Not So Indy

By day, Independent news reporter Niamh McIntyre writes punchy copy talking up Labour and bashing the Tories for the news section of the Indy website. When she clocks off Niamh dons her “F**k the Tories” necklace and “Vote Barry” sticker and campaigns for Labour’s press hater-in-chief Barry Gardiner in Brent North:

Niamh looks more like one of those “never kissed a Tory” types, so this seems like an incredibly generous offer to any blue rosette wearing types.

News with strong views…

No, Le Pen Did Not Endorse May’s Conference Speech

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Less thorough elements of the online media are claiming that Marine Le Pen last night tweeted an endorsement of Theresa May’s conference speech. According to Huff Po UK:

Le Pen, who was once tried for inciting racial hatred for comparing Muslims praying publicly to the Nazi occupation, responded: “Exactly.” She even threw in an applause emoji.

And according to the Independent:

Theresa May’s Conservative conference speech has received a ringing endorsement from French far right leader, Marine Le Pen.

No, she didn’t. The account which sent the tweet was clearly marked “compte non officiel”, which you really shouldn’t have to be French to be able translate. The Indy have now deleted their article (cached version can still be seen here), but HuffPo’s is still up. Story is complete BS but, hey, at least it gets you some clicks…

No Colleagues Attend Remain MP’s Brexit Whinge

The Independent’s puff piece for Remain Tory MP Neil Carmichael and his Conservative Group for Europe event yesterday makes it sound as if someone cared. According to the Indy there were “loud cheers” at the “80-strong reception”, where “Pro-EU Tory rebels” “revealed” a “plan” to “fight a hard Brexit”. You have to wait for the final six words of the Indy news story for it to completely unravel: “no other current MPs were present”. What about those “Tory rebels?” It was one man’s lone whinge in a room with a bunch of kids and some health lobbyists. Makes NiMo look serious.

Smith Calls Corbyn a “Lunatic”


The Indy revealed Oily Smith lashing out at his elderly rival at a rally last night, implying Corbyn was “some… lunatic at the top of the Labour Party”:

“We’ve got to get two million people who actually voted Tory, 12 months ago, to vote Labour, in 106 seats. And what you won’t get from me, is some, you know, lunatic at the top of the Labour Party, you’ll have someone who tries to form a coherent narrative about what’s wrong with Britain.”

Oily has since offered a limp non-apology, claiming “I wasn’t talking about Jeremy Corbyn.” This hasn’t calmed Team Corbyn, who slammed the latter-day Blairite’s campaign:

“Owen Smith has degraded this contest by descending into personal abuse.”

What should have been a winning, post-TrainGate morning for Smith has turned into yet another speech disaster. Oily’s big announcement today that he would, suicidally, commit Labour to blocking Brexit is now over-shadowed…

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Despite the demise of the print Indy, the BBC #tomorrowspaperstoday and #SkyPapers are generously tweeting out their “digital front page“, glossing over the unfortunate fact that it, errrrr, is no longer a newspaper. Well, if they can do it…

It Isn’t

The deadest of the dead tree press…

Media Diversity

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The Times, Telegraph and Independent all went for the same cliché headline, used to cover countless budgets and spending reviews beforeThe rest of the unpopular press following in the Indy’s footsteps is not a good omen for the Times and Telegraph…

H/T thhamilton

Sinister Nexus of ‘Eurosceptic’ Think Tank Staff (Who Actually Back Remain)

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“Exposed”, screamed the Indy’s front page last Thursday, dramatically claiming the Institute for Economic Affairs is part of a sinister axis of think tanks conspiring to help the Vote Leave campaign. The spirited piece told of a revolving door culture and an ominous-sounding nexus of right-of-centre organisations whose staff, board members and even offices are linked”, with the IEA at the centre. All good fun, but does it ring true?

In response, the IEA polled their staff to find out if they are indeed a conspiratorial bunch of secret Eurosceptics. It transpires that 37.5% of IEA employees actually support Remain, and another 12.5% are undecided. The IEA confirm they have

“no corporate position on whether Britain should stay in the European Union and a wide range of views are held by the Institute’s staff, trustees and wider supporters”

Hope the Indy’s track-record of rigorous investigative journalism continues in its online offering…

Indy Recriminations Begin

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Now the hypocritical condolences from rival journalists are out of the way the bickering begins at the Indy. Guido hears some staff have already confronted the Indy’s management over bullying allegations against the new digital overlord Christian Broughton. Several staff say they would rather take redundancy than work for him.

cb-is-a-cThe above Indy restroom artwork seems to suggest people have strong feelings about Broughton. That they want to share…

Amol Rajan, the outgoing Indy editor, will apparently have no direct role driving the digital-only Indy. Many suspect he is waiting for the editorship of the Evening Standard to become available…

Kelvin MacKenzie on Indy’s Demise

Was he wrong?

Confirmed: Indy Closing March

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Confirmed: the Indy and the Sindy are closing. Last edition of the Indy will be on 26th March and the last Independent on Sunday on 20 March. Online only after that…

UPDATE: The i’s editor tweets:

Job Culls Coming at Indy, Guardian, Telegraph

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Evgeny Lebedev is expected to close the Indy and Sindy print editions as soon as tonight. Of the 150 full-time staff, just 20 or so look like they’ll moving over to the i paper. It will not be difficult for the owners to find voluntary redundancies. Many journalists at the Indy will be loathe to work for the much-derided, clickbait-obsessed online offering.

Meanwhile the Guardian is imposing 20% cuts, with staff warned in an email this morning that “As our staff costs are by far our biggest overhead, one outcome of the budgeting process may be that redundancies are proposed”. They are looking at 100 redundancies, and according to Beth Rigby they want to start with their “on leave” columnist Seumas Milne. He is in line for a £90,000 payout.

Media sources tell Guido that the Telegraph is set to announce a jobs cull next week. Print journalists there are furious at the dumbing down of content for their own ‘digital first’, Indy-style clickbait-based website. You will often find the exact same traffic-farming stories on the Telegraph site as you will on the Indy online. See the Telegraph’s “Man with two penises writes tell-all memoir” and the i100’s “The man with two penises has now written a tell-all memoir”. 

The FT have some killer numbers:

“Fleet Street’s large newsroom may be unsustainable. The Times had 454 editorial staff at last count, The Sun 525, the Daily Telegraph 662 and The Guardian, following expansion overseas, 925.”

Online-only is the only option. The question now is how proprietors and executives will reconcile the trend for traffic-driving churnalism to the pay the bills with actual, old-fashioned journalism in the digital age. The future of journalism is specialism, the most profitable online media operations have focus, that generates specific audience demographics that can be packaged for advertisers at premium prices.

Lebedevs Looking for New Standard Newsroom

This week’s Estates Gazette makes interesting reading in light of today’s news about the Indy. A report in the property trade journal claims the Lebedevs are planning to move the Evening Standard from their current offices sharing with the Indy and the Mail in Kensington. Apparently they are looking for a new 40,000 square foot space in Zone 1. Will there be room for a new online-only Indy there too?

Indy Editor Emails Staff “No Comment”

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Indy editor Amol Rajan just sent staff this curt email to worried staff:

Dear All,

Further to Steve’s email just now, I am very conscious that this morning’s news about Johnston Press will prompt a lot of questions and uncertainty.

I am very sorry to say, however, that for the time being we really are bound by strict rules on what we can and can’t say about this potential deal.

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