Katie Hopkins Joins MailOnline

… Reports MediaGuardian. Bye…

UPDATE: Contrary to the Guardian claim that Hopkins “resigned“, Guido understands her contract was allowed to run down and was never going to be renewed. A Sun spokesman says:

“She leaves for the Mail Online with our best wishes.”

Tim Walker to the Mail on Sunday

A little birdie tells Guido that pugnacious diarist Tim Walker, formerly editor of the Telegraph’s retired Mandrake column and most recently found at the Mirror, is off to the Mail on Sunday. Walker’s inside track on the world of hard-partying aristos is rivalled only by the daily’s Sebastian Shakespeare, and is probably better suited at the MoS than a redtop. Guido hopes this means Tim’s Twitter claws will be back out and we can look forward to some more outstandingly catty bitch fights with the Times Diary…

Liz Laid It On Thick

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Judging from the ferocity of her protest about Mail on Sunday political editor Simon Walters’ ‘unbelievable’ question to her about her weight, you’d think Liz Kendall would have thrown him out of her office where the interview took place. Er, no.

At the end of that interview she larked around taking photos of Walters with the Mail on Sunday photographer’s camera. And she gave him a jar of Granny Cool orange and lemon with ginger marmalade, saying: ‘I was given this but prefer thick cut.’ Walters was slapping Kendall’s ‘Granny Cool’ on his hot buttered Mother’s Pride on Sunday morning when, prompted by the Beeb’s PC brigade, he heard her fulminate against him on BBC Radio 5. Never mind Simon, she’ll soon be toast herself…

Telegraph and Mail Fall for Greek F-16 Cash Dash Hoax

GREEK PLANE

The Telegraph and Mail have just pulled articles claiming that a Hellenic Air Force pilot made an unscheduled stop in Turkey in order circumvent cash withdrawal restrictions in Greece:

deleted article f-16 greek pilot euros turkey

The hoax appears to have originated on French aviation blog RadioCocpit.fr. It managed to convince both the Telegraph and Mail that a pilot flying on patrol over the Greek island of Samos landed his plane on an abandoned Turkish airfield, hid it in a hangar, legged it to a hole in the wall, and withdrew €2,000 before scrambling his plane back into the sky.

Maybe he was just playing hide and Greek…

Ban This Sick Filth

Liz Kendall memorably told the Mail on Sunday’s Simon Walters to “f**k off” when he asked her if she is “about the same weight as the Duchess of Cambridge”. Liz was so outraged that she told John Pienaar:

“I just think it’s unbelievable that in the 21st Century women still get asked such very, very different questions from men. Can you imagine the Mail on Sunday asking the weight of the prime minister, George Osborne or any other leading politician?”

Well, now you mention it…

Here is Walters’ MoS interview with the Chancellor last year:

“it is more intimate matters that we discuss first. It is impossible not to notice his dramatic weight loss. He is a real skinny malink. ‘Am I?’ he says, modestly patting his slim line waist.

‘You reach that point in your mid-40s where suddenly the weight doesn’t drop off and you have to … it’s a hard fact of life. I found myself putting on weight being stuck in here [No 11] and the Treasury. I asked my doctor which diets he thought worked. He recommended the 5:2.’ Is he still on it?

‘No, the 5:2 diet helps you get down the weight – I lost a couple of stone – and once you’re there, you just have to be careful. I just eat less and go running round the park.’”

In fact the men of Westminster get scrutinised just as much as the ladies…

Peter Oborne Rejoins the Mail

Peter Oborne, who dramatically quit the Telegraph in February, will be rejoining the Mail according to sources at both papers.

The Daily Telegraph’s former chief political commentator cited the troubled broadsheet’s coverage of the HSBC banking scandal – or lack thereof – in a well timed career move.

Oborne starts in September…but will it be the only high profile political move from the Telegraph to the Mail this autumn?

Another Thornberry Tweet Lands Her On Front Page

emily-thornberry

Yesterday Emily Thornberry, the Labour MP for Islington, tweeted this:

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To which Guido replied

Which seems to have inspired the Daily Mail’s front page. Back in March, Guido had a right old ding-dong with his former next door neighbour Emily Thornberry. Lady Nugee’s tweet about a lack of social housing stock, despite buying a former housing association house in Islington and renting it out, is breathtaking hypocrisy. An open goal…

Eventually she threatened to sue him for talking about it:

Emily really should stay away from Twitter for her own good.

No writ has turned up… so she can add the Daily Mail to her list of future court adversaries…

Owen Jones Joins The Daily Mail

The Times’ community and social media journalist Owen Jones will join the Daily Mail as assistant social media editor next Monday…

Via DWPub

Mail Tricked Into Quoting Batman Film in Plane Crash Coverage

The Mail have been duped into quoting Batman film ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ in their profile of killer Germanwings pilot Andreas Lubitz.

By lifting unsourced quotes from a pilot forum, the lazy Mail hack became victim of an internet phenomenon known as ‘baneposting‘ – the practice of referencing the awkward conversation between the villain Bane and a CIA agent during the “I’m crashing this plane” scene in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’:

4chan troll mail

The parts highlighted above are lifted directly from the Batman script:

baneposting

This internet thing is becoming the bane of jounos’ lives…

Simon Heffer ‘Quits’ Mail

His Saturday column has been gone for a while he has been writing less and less regularly for the paper, and has been increasingly Ukippy for some time.

His pro-Tory Budget piece was not enough to save him.

Mail sources say he has resigned, officially.

There is some speculation he is off to the Sunday Telegraph.

Paging Peter Oborne, paging Peter Oborne…

Geordie Not Sure

The battle of egos over at the Mail has reached new heights: literally.

After a newsroom land-grab by MailOnline of desk space used by the Mail on Sunday a couple of months ago, sources reveal that Geordie Greig threw his toys out of the pram. The one time prince-over-the-water is getting tetchy.

By way of consolation for this Sudetenland-like annexing, Mail on Sunday editor Greig and his deputy were given new professionally interior-decorated offices.

Special permission was sought to raise the ceiling: specifically so it was higher than Dacre’s wood panelled bat-cave. And a Smeg fridge was thrown in for good measure. 

Daily Mail’s Pink Bus Exclusive Remains Exclusive

Guido suspects he got the same tip off as the Mail’s “stilleto sharp and terrifyingly well-informed” diarist Sebastian Shakespeare last week. It claimed that Labour’s pink van was on the road illegally, having failed to be correctly registered with the DVLA. Obviously Guido was excited to have a chance to take a pop at long time enemy Harman for breaking the law. Alas the story fell apart after one Google search and a phone call to the vehicle regulator. Checks that the Mail’s Shakeseare evidently failed to make…

The claim was that Labour had not updated the Vehicle Licensing Authority to the fact that their white Ford Transit had now been sprayed pink:

“Harriet Harman’s women-only Barbie battle bus has already been derided as ‘sexist’, a ‘gimmick’ and ‘patronising’ to female voters. But now the hapless van is the source of fresh controversy as it emerges that it is in breach of vehicle licensing regulations. According to records held by the Driver Vehicle and Licensing Agency (DVLA), the four-ton, 16-seater Ford Transit van is white, not pink — nor, indeed, ‘cerise’ or ‘magenta’, as Labour MPs Gloria De Piero and Harman have variously claimed. A change in the colour of a vehicle should be registered with the DVLA and failure to do so is a serious offence.  ‘Any failure to inform the DVLA about changing the colour of the vehicle can be punishable with a £1,000 fine,’ confirms a DVLA spokesman.”

This ran in the Mail on Saturday, yet last Thursday the DVLA website stated very clearly that the van was “Pink”. Guido understands that this change was made earlier in the year. The story is a dud yet the Mail still ran it in full.

Did they even type the number plate into the DVLA website, or just take the email tip-off hook, line and sinker?

“Terrifyingly well-informed…”

Battered and Bruised: Murphy Slammed Over Irn Bru-Gate

These are the headlines taxpayer-funded Irn-Bru quaffer Jim Murphy is waking up to North of the border this morning. The Scottish Sun says he is “battered and Bruised” after a day of ridicule, the Daily Record accuses him of “drinking Irn-Bru on the taxpayer”, while the Herald dubs the expenses claim “Girders-gate”. The editorial in the Scottish Daily Mail is damning:

“It is clear Labour have an electoral mountain to climb but they would find it much easier if they stopped cutting their own ropes and sliding all the way to the bottom time and time again… The light at the end of the tunnel may be no more than a burglar’s torch. For embarrassingly, Mr Murphy’s Westminster expenses show he indented the taxpayer for the princely sum of £1.30 for two cans of Irn-Bru. And while his expenses claim is hardly as egregious as the duck houses and moats fellow members of the Commons – flipping houses for all they were worth to line their pockets with our money – awarded themselves not so long ago, it is damaging all the same. It is a gift to his political opponents, given how adroit they are on social media. Twitter immediately filled with images of people sporting cans of Irn-Bru while proudly declaring they had bought them with their own hard-earned money… This makes it all the more disappointing that he has been foolish enough to let a piffling claim for soft drinks become a stick with which his enemies can beat him.”

Pay it back, Jim…

Leon Brittan Buried in Accordance With Jewish Customs

The Telegraph, Mirror, Metro and Mail have all followed up Exaro’s top scoop that Leon Brittan has been buried in an unmarked grave for fear it would be vandalised. The MailOnline headline has however since been changed with no explanation, though the URL remains the same:

Why the subtle change? As is being pointed out this morning, and as the new Mail copy states: “In accordance with Jewish tradition, the former home secretary is said to have been interred in an simple plot without flowers in Golders Green Cemetery”.

Wonder what other assumptions Exaro have failed to check…

Brand ‘Threw Curry Sauce’ at Daily Mail Journalist… Then Tweeted His Mobile Number to 8.7 Million Followers

How does Russell Brand respond to a journalist asking him a question? By tweeting his mobile number to his 8.7 million followers. Guido has obscured the image, but Brand knows Daily Mail reporter Neil Sears’ phone will be ringing off the hook with nutters bombarding him with calls. Was there an ulterior motive? Guido is told Brand and Sears had a run in last week when the reporter doorstepped him to give him right of reply on a story he was planning on running. Brand then allegedly responded by throwing curry sauce all over him…

MailOnline Breaks Judge’s Libor Gagging Order

“Banker admits rate rigging – but you can’t know where he works” reports MailOnline this morning, explaining that the identity of a top City employee facing ten years behind bars “is protected by a court order”. The story is accompanied by a blurred photo of the banker in question. Right click on the image and look at its properties, however, and the world’s most read newspaper website has inadvertently named the Libor rigger. Guido has blurred the name out:

Judge Leonard QC will not be amused…

Mail Online Hires Piers Morgan

This should be fun while it lasts…

The Man Who Hated Ed's Speech

After the fun and games of last conference season and the Mail’s ‘Ed’s Dad Hates Britain’ story, revenge was a dish served from the platform for the Labour leader. Ed used his conference speech to slam the Mail much to the joy of the crowd, for whom the paper have become Labour’s bogeyman de jour.

It was certainly an awkward moment for Mail on Sunday editor Geordie Greig , whose sister paper ran the offending Ralph Miliband story and who was conveniently sitting in the cheap seats of the Manchester Central Convention Centre, watching the speech live.

“All rather predictable really,” Greig told Guido as he scuttled toward the exit. Literally the first person to leave the hall after speech.

 

Dacre Takes The Telegraph

Spotted at No.10 today:

Eagle-eyed snapper Steve Back got the scoop: the Daily Mail editor takes Her Majesty’s Telegraph.

Don’t tell Tony Gallagher…

Nigel Evans Makes £21,000 From Post-Sex Trial Media Interviews

Cleared Nigel Evans was paid £21,000 for selling the story of his trial to the press. Evans is being paid £1762.50 a month until June 2015 by management company Exclusive Press & Publicity, in respect of three media engagements with the Mail on Sunday, Mirror and ITV.[…] Read the rest

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