“Damian Green will keep his job”, so said ITV’s political editor Robert Peston ten days ago, citing “three well-placed sources” who told him “there should be confirmation on Wednesday” that week. How did he get it so wrong? Peston’s always entertaining blog could have been used to see how the idea of letting Green off would go down with the Lobby. It’s possible the Cabinet Office and Number 10 hardened their position on Green’s fate as the inquiry continued into this week. Or Peston’s “well-placed” sources could just not be that well-placed…
Another ‘interesting’ take from Robert Peston, who writes: “the life-or-death question for May is whether Shapps and Johnson are in cahoots”. He claims Shapps met with Boris’ team a few weeks ago to “discuss matters”. A Tory source says this is “totally fabricated, an obvious smear”. Jake Berry, who is named in Peston’s story, says it is “fake news”. Senior May allies say Boris is not plotting any challenge with Shapps. Who briefed Pesto?
— Jake Berry (@JakeBerry) October 6, 2017
As anyone who has read a newspaper or spoken to a Tory MP recently knows, a more pertinent question would be whether Shapps has “discussed matters” with supporters of David Davis since the election…
An academic study by a team of media studies professors* found that the Tory press is biased against Corbyn and the Labour supporting press is more favourable to Jezza. Taxpayers once again wasting money in academic studies of the bloody obvious. Well at least it keeps the hackademics off the streets…
They also found that the supposedly impartial broadcasters – the likes of Faisal and Peston – did give more airtime to pro-Remain voices during the referendum. Guido could have told them that for free…
*David Deacon, Professor of Communication and Media Analysis, Loughborough University; Dominic Wring, Professor of Political Communication, Loughborough University; Emily Harmer, Lecturer in Communication and Media Studies, Loughborough University; James Stanyer, Professor of Communication and Media Analysis, Loughborough University, and John Downey, Professor of Comparative Media Analysis, Loughborough University
Two hours of Farron, Nuttall, Sturgeon, Lucas and Leanne. What more could you possibly want.
ITV is pushing ahead with its TV debate and says it has invited all big seven party leaders to take part. May and Corbyn have refused…
“The ITV Leaders” Debate will air on Thursday May 18th at 8pm, and will be moderated by ITV News anchor Julie Etchingham. As in the previous two General Election debates. leaders will have the opportunity to make short opening statements at the beginning of the programme and closing statements at the conclusion of the debate. During the live debate, the leaders will have the opportunity to each in turn answer questions that are asked direct by members of the studio audience, before the ﬂoor is opened up to a period of free flowing debate.”
Corbyn’s team have previously said he would not appear in a TV debate without May. Will they now U-turn?
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…
The first Corbynista media boos of the campaign, for ITV’s Libby Weiner who asked Jez if he was part of an “Islington elite”. Corbyn’s response: “I am very proud to represent Islington and it’s true, there are many people who drink cappuccino every day…”
ITV are threatening to hold a leaders’ debate without the leader of the country, with Theresa May ruling out appearing. Corbyn says he welcomes ITV’s decision to hold a debate, though Team Jez say they only want a head-to-head with the PM and are not keen on a losers’ debate with Farron, Sturgeon and Nuttal. No official word on whether Corbyn will turn up if May doesn’t. A straight May-Corbyn head-to-head would be open the broadcasters to a legal challenge on impartiality grounds. Farron on the other hand is up for debating anyone, anywhere, and wants ITV to empty chair the PM. As former Clegg SpAd Sean Kemp notes, there is no benefit for May in taking part in a debate with the other leaders, it only helps Farron.
Theresa May would have been insane to agree to a debate, would have helped Farron massively and done nothing for her.
— Sean Kemp (@Sean_Kemp) April 18, 2017
Lynton Crosby, who May has hired to help run the Tory campaign, famously hates TV debates. It was once said of Lynton: “If David Cameron gets in a car to go to the debate, Lynton Crosby will stage a car crash.” No way he will allow May to boost Farron…
He sadly refused to twerk…
Glitterballs was showered with TV offers after dad-dancing his way to stardom on Strictly. Today he’s done the dirty on Auntie and announced he will appear as “honorary man” on an ITV Loose Women special tomorrow. That’s a promotion from his occasional role as a guest on the show grinding Janet Street-Porter. Now for a whole hour of Balls…
— Dan Jukes (@DanJukes17) November 8, 2016
On ITV last night, Robert Peston and Emily Thornberry claimed the Leave campaign did not make clear that Brexit meant leaving the single market. Peston told Nigel Farage:
“I’m not sure that’s right. I really don’t think that’s right. It’s not what Boris said. It’s not what Michael Gove said.”
As anyone following the news in the last six months will know, Boris and Gove did say it. Peston completely wrong. Again.
Here’s what Shami Chakrabarti had to say about sending her son to an £18,000 private school while criticising selective education: pic.twitter.com/N5vVGcEQc3
— ITV News (@itvnews) October 9, 2016
Pesto asks Shami how she can square her opposition to grammars with sending her son to private school. “I live in a nice big house and eat nice food…”
Leave message: John Mann: We can create a more equal society if we Leave.
Remain message: Remain makes travel easier/cheaper.
Cut through: Boris interested in power, not Brexit.
Odds: Remain 1/3, Leave 14/5
Latest poll: Remain 43% (+2), Leave 42% (-3) (YouGove, online). Poll of Polls is now Remain 51%, Leave 49%.
Farage said we won’t be bullied by Juncker:
And he brought a prop:
This was Cameron’s toughest moment:
Cameron still doesn’t have a line on immigration – these questions reflect genuine public concern about strain on public services. Hard to paint them as Little Englanders.
Last night Cameron called Faisal Islam “glib” for asking about immigration, this morning he snapped at Kate Garraway:
KG: “You still haven’t answered how we would deal with [immigration] if we stay in.”
DC: “I am answering. Let me give you some answers. First of all, for people outside the European Union, we’ve closed down bogus colleges.”
KG: “So why didn’t we get the numbers under 100,000?”
DC: “You keep asking me a question and then literally not giving me a change to answer.”
Kate was right – Cameron wasn’t answering about EU immigration, he immediately deflected to non-EU immigration. This question is going to be asked time and time again and he cannot answer…
Sky News won the battle of the producers to book ministers for their programmes in April. The usually minister-heavy Today Programme drops out of the top three for the first time, while Newsnight rises up the rankings. Marr features a minister a week. The whole of ITV (The Agenda, Good Morning Britain, and ITV News) managed to get just three ministers in the entire month. Overall there were 44 ministerial broadcast appearances in April, expect that to ramp up when the referendum campaign gets going…
ITV’s scoop-getting political editor Robert Peston is annoying Tory spinners in more ways than one. When the other broadcasters film short interviews in Downing Street, they usually bring one camera with them to film the interviewee. Peston however insists on bringing two cameras, one to film the minister, the other to film himself.[…] Read the rest