BBC: I have to agree

My original point stands; if it comes to a choice between the BBC and Murdoch, I still choose the BBC and will continue to wear this button myself…

Click here to find out why.

…but it’s not a happy state of affairs if that’s about the only comparison that works out in the BBC’s favour:

Doctor Vee – A BBC scared of its own shadow isn’t worth it

The BBC’s primary problems date back, as we all know, to this same event. (Take another bow, Gilligan.) In their since-weakened state, they’ve capitulated needlessly – in varying degrees – to tabloid newspapers, pressure groups, and even clearly-confused nuisances.

The refusal to run the Gaza appeal, a move matched step-for-step by Murdoch-owned rival SKY, is a new low in this unmistakable pattern of decline. Their only defence of their position on the appeal is that they are afraid of how it will look, and as a result they damage their reputation further by being just a little too sensitive about it.

And I don’t expect the Conservatives to act as a positive, rejuvenating force, do you?

In as little as a year or two, we could be looking at the first real fruit of the liberal media myth; a fully-crippled BBC.

A pathetic beast brought down by a mob of monstrous moguls screaming ‘monster’.

(Of course, if this were a movie, we would all gang together, there’d be a musical montage*, and a tougher, more strident BBC would emerge, immediately ready to kick arse. But this isn’t a movie, and right now it looks like our starting point is a hospital room. Critical ward.)

[edit: Double-post fixed. Thanks to poons for the heads-up.]

(*alt)








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Jenvey: PCC to investigate

Guardian – Sun front-page story on ‘terror target’ Sir Alan Sugar under investigation: The Press Complaints Commission is investigating a front-page story in the Sun newspaper that claimed Islamic extremists were targeting The Apprentice star Sir Alan Sugar. The PCC has launched an investigation and will consider whether Abuislam is Jenvey. The regulator has contacted the Sun and is awaiting the paper’s response. It is understood that the Sun story originated from a news agency. The Sun declined to comment on why it had removed the story from its website.

“It is understood that the Sun story originated from a news agency” is an interesting little fig leaf, isn’t it?








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Meet Stevie-Louise Ritchie and Lisa O’Connor

Stevie-Louise Ritchie (NSFW), “recently moved to London to pursue modelling fulltime”, and eager to make her mark in a Credit-Crunch world (NSFW).

Lisa O’Connor (NSFW); “a friendly model with happy nature who has been modelling for about nine months” and “hopes to make her career as model a successful one & to that end, she’s been snapped up by XS Models”

Before you know it, both are photographed in the company of a most-controversial fellow, both are invited back to his flat, and both, immediately upon departure, tell all to The Sun.

And now they’ll be famous! Isn’t that lovely?








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I warned you about those bloody Canadians

Don’t run into big fights in a freshly-made mask. Ever. It’s a bad idea.

Turn up to a fight in a mask no-one recognises, and a lot of well-motivated and resourceful people will want to know who you are.

In a cape… well, you’re just asking for it.

Phil Hendren – Is the Labourist Editor a guy called Matthew Birks?

My answer (the short version): Yes

I looked in the same place Jag Singh looked a few days ago. I mention this only to point out that this connection was not visible until Matthew Birks registered nofourth.co.uk (a response to gofourth.co.uk) in his own name and then hosted both sites on the same server.

So I’m thinking he either got overconfident and sloppy, or he wanted to out himself in a particularly awkward manner.

Unity – Labourist – The BNP Connection?

It’s via a (maybe) relative in the same area. So calm, blue ocean.

Unity – He’s not a Tory, he’s a very naughty boy…

Again; calm, blue ocean. A (maybe) relative (maybe) involved.

But just as likely not.

Anyway, now would probably be a good time for Matthew Birks to say something.

UPDATE – Do keep in mind that there are more than a few Birks running around.








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‘Impartiality’

Like Justin, I suspect that the word ‘impartiality’ does not mean what Mark Thompson thinks it means.

Donate online to the DEC’s Gaza Crisis now

(I know you probably do so at risk of being called a Nazi by not-very-good-lawyer trying to pass himself off as a professional commentator, but count your blessings; it’s hardly white-hot fire raining from the sky, is it?)








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Try not to choke on your cornflakes

Guardian – Only quality journalism can save us, says Sun editor Rebekah Wade: Sun editor Rebekah Wade used her first public speech to warn that only journalism could save the newspaper industry from the recession. After six years as editor of the red-top she delivered a passionate defence of tabloids while railing against industry doomsayers at the Cudlipp Lecture at the London College of Communications.

Can this be the same editor who so readily published the lies of Glen Jenvey? The same editor who still refuses to clean up the mess she left behind after dumping the story?

UPDATE – A more detailed response and rebuttal from Septicisle.








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Just a quiet heads-up

There’s a post on my site that’s one of the top results in Google for most search queries relating to Gordon Brown’s email.

The relevant service has been down for months, I’m left wondering what the big deal is with a few emails, and I want to at least see for myself some indication of how big the daily pile can be.

So for the next 24 hours, I will be using that post to (again) accept emails on the PM’s behalf:

Bloggerheads (UK) – How to email Gordon Brown

Emails will be hand-delivered tomorrow evening, along with an executive summary.

If you’d like to send an email to Gordon Brown, this may be the only opportunity you get for a while.

UPDATE (27 Jan) – What… is that it? I could collate and summarise the emails I have so far with a stapler and a pencil. Surely Gordon Brown can’t be that much of an irrelevance already.

Offer now extended to one full week. I doubt very much if I’ll fill a foolscap folder in that time.

Meanwhile, an official statement from Downing Street about when we might expect the service to return would be more welcome than the odd anonymous word in their defence. I recognise that it’s more complicated than simply accepting email, but the last time I went into any detail about that, Downing Street rewarded my efforts in a most unusual way.








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Shock and awesome

I am shocked that this is possible. It is awesome.

Gigapixel.com – President Barack Obama’s Inaugural Address by David Bergman

Check out the four guys on the far-right of the roof of the white building in the background. Seriously.

(via b3ta, with best comment: “All those people, and no-one came as Wally.”)

UPDATE – Cheney. Awesome.

UPDATE – Professional image. Not yours. Hahahaha! Awesome.

UPDATE – Oh, bloody hell. Hahahahahaha! Am I allowed to say it again?

“2 stagehands walk into a bar… the second one had Gaff tape.”

One for the ages, now. Kilroy 2.0 and all that.

UPDATE – You can congratulate the creator here, if you fancy.

UPDATE – Huge 21.3Mb aerial photograph of the same event (via)








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Two screengrabs for your reference and mine

Over the past 20+ hours, Derek Draper has been playing a fun little game of comment keepsies.

He’s been challenging folk, including me, to respond to this or that… while withholding any responses.

This is the link, but please keep in mind that this thread could change and there are a number of comments Draper could release at any time. A screengrab for reference is below:

Given his recent behaviour, I have every reason to expect that these responses – or simply the ones that put him at a disadvantage – will be deleted. Or maybe even released all at once into a confused mess a day after most readers will have moved on to another conversation.

He is using his position as moderator of the conversation to gain an unfair advantage in the conversation. This is a childish game, but it wouldn’t matter quite so much if he didn’t also tout himself as Labour’s ambassador to bloggers; a man who believes in the empowering wonders of engagement and debate.

I am trying to be patient with Draper and his people, but it appears that we have come to something of a crossroads:

Well, there it is. If I want Draper and his gang to take me seriously and treat me courteously, I’ve got to go through Downing Street.

An interesting week lies ahead.








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Obama is freeing all of his terrorist buddies

CNN – Guantanamo judge suspends 9/11 case prosecutions: The presiding judge in the 9/11 terrorism case at the Guantanamo detention facility granted a delay in the case on Wednesday, according to a military official close to the proceedings. The continuance comes a day after President Obama directed Defense Secretary Robert Gates to ask prosecutors to seek stays in prosecutions for 120 days so that the cases of suspected terrorists at the facility can be reviewed.

That’s a hell of a first day. Colour me impressed.

(Headline nicked from Farker yosluggo… and possibly a certain not-very-good-lawyer’s ‘radio’ show.)








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