• Grauniad,  Guardian,  Hypocrites

    Guardian staffer sounds off on Alan Rusbridger’s management in a piano memoir thread

    Criticising the boss is never easy. But when your boss is the po-faced editor of the Guardian, and the subject is his half-million salary and vanity scribblings as against compulsory redundancies and pay-cuts, you apparently can’t file a grievance in the comment section of one of his essays. On this thread, Alan Rusbridger’s efforts in learning the piano are chronicled. This is a post which was deleted, multiple times as others reposted it. Eventually, they closed the thread. “Afternoon Alan – I’m a member of Guardian staff, posting anonymously. As you know, it’s a tough time for your journalists at the moment – especially for those of us way down…

  • Banking,  Grauniad,  Guardian,  Iran

    In which John Mann is wrong and The Guardian is right

    John Mann on Standard Chartered, as reported by Reuters: Several of the bank’s top shareholders and a leading opposition lawmaker have questioned whether U.S. authorities are seeking to undermine London as a global financial centre. […] “I think it’s a concerted effort that’s been organised at the top of the U.S. government. I think this is Washington trying to win a commercial battle to have trading from London shifted to New York,” said John Mann, a member of parliament’s finance committee who also called for a parliamentary inquiry. Mann, from the centre-left Labour party, has become a public scourge of London bankers’ greed and immorality during the financial crisis. But…

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    The Canary In The Guardian’s Coal Mine

    When a country is in trouble, it looks for scapegoats. All too often, that scapegoat has been the Jew. Something similar has been happening at The Guardian. The Guardian is in a death spiral. Like most newspapers, it has found that readers prefer not to pay for something that they can read for free on their mobile phones on the way in to work. In order to survive, it has undergone a sea-change into something rich – not in a monetary sense – and strange. Most of you will be familiar with the extent of the problem at the beleaguered newspaper. The Scott Trust is in reasonable financial shape, and provides a…

  • antisemitism,  Breivik Left,  Grauniad,  Guardian

    Guardian publishes praise of Hamas from Palestine Telegraph writer

    The Guardian has published a piece by Nader Elkhuzundar this evening. Elkhuzundar writes: Hamas has always been the spike in Israel’s throat. The latter took advantage of this and tightened up the siege on the Gaza Strip, in the name of “self defence” and anti-terrorism acts. The Gazan border is almost always closed. […] Hamas has slowly stripped the big families in the Gaza Strip of their weapons, which has made Gaza safer by almost eliminating the murders and by making accessible streets and neighbourhoods one couldn’t enter before. Elkuzundar’s tweet: best part about dying a martyr is that you get 72 hoor in jannah <3 Elkhuzundar maintains the Sleepless in Gaza…

  • Grauniad,  Guardian

    A Guardian Q&A with Ismail Haniyeh

    As was apparent at the time, when people were commenting, but may now be less clear to the casual reader – this is a spoof. Following his op-ed, “We Palestinians are reclaiming our destiny“, which was published in The Guardian today, Ismail Haniyeh has kindly agreed to an interview with Associate Editor Seumas Milne on the state of Palestinian politics. Seumas Milne: Prime Minister Haniyeh, now that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has been implicated in a £100 million corruption scandal, how does Hamas intend to further its reconciliation agreement with Fatah? Ismail Haniyeh: First, Brother Seumas, let me thank you for your offer to allow me to express my…

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    The Guardian Takes Down Hate Preacher’s Libel of The CST

    Another day, another need for a “correction” from the Guardian. This time, it involves the newspaper’s favourite racist, Raed Salah: The Guardian has removed a comment posted in Raed Salah’s name in a comment thread on their Comment Is Free website at CST’s request, which included a false and damaging allegation against CST. Raed Salah wrote an opinion piece for the Guardian last Thursday, in which he did not mention CST. However, in the comment thread under the article, a comment was posted in his name which suggested CST had provided the Home Secretary with a “doctored” version of a poem he had written, “to make it appear anti-Jewish”. This allegation is untrue. Several…

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    The Guardian’s “Open Journalism” In Practice

    The Guardian launched its “Open Journalism” approach last month. I’m still not entirely clear what the Guardian means when they talk about non-journalists “contributing to our journalism”, as they put it. Here’s one description: Adam Freeman, executive director of commercial at Guardian News & Media, told a conference in Oxford that the loss-making newspaper was moving towards an “open vision for journalism”, whereby laypeople, who may not have any formal expertise, will be allowed key to the media group’s future. … “[It] is a collaboration between journalists within the building and experts out of the building … who are experts because they care about the subject matter as much as…

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    From The Guardian Bookshop

    In December, the Guardian reported: The UK’s biggest book chain, Waterstone’s, has apologised after one of its branches pushed Adolf Hitler‘s manifesto Mein Kampf as the “perfect” Christmas present. Amid the glossy hordes of titles by Jeremy Clarkson, Lee Evans and Jamie Oliver for sale this Christmas, the Huddersfield branch of Waterstone’s used a festive sticker to describe Mein Kampf (My Struggle), the antisemitic diatribe written by Hitler in prison before he rose to power in 1933, as the “perfect present”. A staff recommendation described it as “an essential read for anyone seeking to understand one of history’s most despicable figures. A shocking read and a vital warning for future generations.” It…

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    Come and Stay in the Guardian Hotel!

    A friend has just received the following request for his views on an exciting new venture for The Guardian: The Guardian is thinking of developing a new hotel concept. An atmospheric place to unwind, broaden your mind and meet others. This would be much more than simply a place to stay and would offer an inspiring break for our guests. The hotel would offer a diverse programme of activities and events including workshops, debates and classes featuring guest speakers, writers, artists, chefs and political commentators. “Or it could simply be a place to relax with others. A stay at the hotel would be a social experience with plenty of communal…

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    The Guardian’s Holocaust Memorial Day Surprise

    The Guardian has celebrated Holocaust Memorial Day by running a “gotcha” piece which implies that Michael Gove MP improperly provided government money to the Community Security Trust: Michael Gove, the education secretary, awarded £2m of public money to an organisation that he promoted as an adviser for four years. The education secretary personally made the decision to give taxpayers’ money to an organisation to fund better security at Jewish schools. Gove has promoted the Community Security Trust (CST) as an adviser since 2007. Documents obtained by the Guardian show that Gove personally wrote to the trust confirming that the education department was awarding the money to it. He issued a public statement saying…