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Danny Gold understands the Daily Mail – and will bring about its fall in America

daily mail reporter Danny Gold understands the Daily Mail   and will bring about its fall in America
DANNY Gold is the American who understands how the Daily Mail online works. The Mail is the world’s most-read online news site.
In: “I Am The New Sheriff Of The Internet And I Say The Daily Mail Can Go Fuck Itself”, Danny Gold tells Gawker readers about the David Carr’s column in the New York Times on Ad Age columnist Simon Dumenco ideaeto create a “Council on Ethical Blogging and Aggregation“.
Others have signed up to the idea: David Granger, the editor in chief of Esquire; James Bennet, editor in chief of The Atlantic; Adam Moss of New York magazine, Elizabeth Spiers, editor in chief of The New York Observer; Mark Armstrong, a founder of Longreads.com; and Jacob Weisberg,editor in chief of Slate.

These leaders will tell you what is right and what is not. We already know. It;s about fairness. Give credit where credit is due. Try to add value. Use links.

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Posted: 13th, March 2012 | In: Key Posts, News | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Bobbi Kristina duets with Whitney Houston on Oprah Winfrey’s Milking records

bobbi kristina Bobbi Kristina duets with Whitney Houston on Oprah Winfreys Milking records

WHITNEY Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina has met with Oprah Winfrey in the kitchen, for obvious reasons. (Milking human suffering is hungry work.)

Says Bobbi Kristina:

“Throughout the house lights turn on and off, and I’m like, ‘Mum, what are you doing?’ I can still laugh with her and still talk to her. I can hear her voice telling me, ‘Keep moving, baby, I got you.’ She’s always with me. I can always feel her with me. She would say at 5am the saints start praying. I wake up now and look at the clock and it’s five o’clock. I start praying. Her spirit is strong. I feel her pass through me all the time.”

Stitch that, Graceland! Does Elvis sing to the tourists as they pass though his mansion? Does he put on light show? No and no.

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Posted: 13th, March 2012 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Rebekah Brooks and Charlie Brooks arrested: the dumped bag mystery

PA 13038539 Rebekah Brooks and Charlie Brooks arrested: the dumped bag mystery

REBEKAH Brooks has been arrested in den of knobs Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, reports Sky News. Also arrested is her husband Charlie Brooks, David Cameron’s pal.

David Cameron is out of the country at the moment. Which is convenient.

In all six people have been arrested this morning by officers from Operation Weeting. They are suspected of conspiring to pervert the course of justice.

Of course, Rebekah Brooks has already been arrested, In July 2011, Brooks was arrested in July on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications and on suspicion of corruption.  Back then her lawyer told media:

Her lawyer Stephen Parkinson said: ‘Despite interviewing her for nine hours, the police put no allegations to her. They will in due course have to give an account of their actions.’

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Posted: 13th, March 2012 | In: Key Posts, News | Comments (10) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Israel and Gaza Watch: Using dead children Raja Abu Shaban and Nayef Qarmut to win hearts and minds

PA 13009415 Israel and Gaza Watch: Using dead children Raja Abu Shaban and Nayef Qarmut to win hearts and minds

ISRAEL is back at the top of the news cycle. Islamists have been firing rockets into Southern Israel. Israeli war planes have attacked Gaza. Adham Abu Selmiya, a spokesman for Hamas emergency services, says “mostly children” have been injured or killed. Israel says this is not so.

An Israeli spokeswoman says the country’s forces “targeted a weapons storage facility and four rocket launching sites in the northern Gaza Strip, as well as a rocket launching site in the southern Gaza Strip”.

Israel says Zuhir al-Qaisi, head of the Popular Resistance Committees, an armed group linked to Hamas, was set to order an attack. In the Israeli offence / response to PRC rockets, 18 Palestinians were killed, 16 of them militants. The Islamists fired 120 rockets into Israel, injuring four.

One side has bunkers. One does not.

The war is ongoing. But what of the media? Can they play a part. Do we treat the news that “mostly children” are injured with caution? Do we know for certain an attack on Israel was planned? Do we belive all we see? Take this in the Times:

israel hamas Israel and Gaza Watch: Using dead children Raja Abu Shaban and Nayef Qarmut to win hearts and minds

And what of this? @KhuloodBadawi tweets a photo:

khuloodbadawi tweet1 1 Israel and Gaza Watch: Using dead children Raja Abu Shaban and Nayef Qarmut to win hearts and minds

Only, the Israel Defence Force has seen the photo. The IDF points us towards @avimayer, who spotted that the picture was taken in 2006.

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Posted: 12th, March 2012 | In: Key Posts, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Plastic Brits: Why does the Daily Mail love big blond South African Mouritz Botha?

PA 13023776 Plastic Brits: Why does the Daily Mail love big blond South African Mouritz Botha?

MOURITZ Botha (born in South Africa)was in the England team that beat France in Paris. So too was Manu Tuilagi – he was born in Somoa. Neither of them have been called Plastic Brits by the Daily Mail.

As the Mail says:

Manu Tuilagi set England on their way to a storming victory here yesterday that may confirm Stuart Lancaster in the head coach’s job. The 20-year-old centre scored a sensational long-range try in the 13th minute to ignite a performance that the interim coach claimed has ‘put the pride back’ in the nation’s rugby after the disastrous World Cup.

The Mail then turns to athletics:

Imports take GB to medal record

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Posted: 12th, March 2012 | In: Key Posts, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


London Olympics 1908 In Photos: When Britain Cheated America

1908Olympics London Olympics 1908 In Photos: When Britain Cheated AmericaTHE London Olympics of 1908 ran from 27 April to 31 October and featured 22 countries. Rome was meant to host the Fourth Olympiad but Italy did not have the money to pay for it. So, the Games were moved. Great Britain did well, winning 56 gold medals at the White City stadium in west London. Henry Taylor was the hero, winning three swimming golds.

But glory was tempered by cheating.

GB won 146 medals in total. Seven players entered the rackets contest: all British.

All officials came from the host nation. This led to lots of complaints of bias from the Americans. There was, for instance, the time test cricketer Johnny Douglas won gold in the middleweight boxing division. The fight against an American had split the judges. The ref’s decision would be decisive. The ref was Douglas’s dad. Douglas wins!

British athlete Wyndham Halswelle won gold in the 400m when the American who crossed the line first was disqualified for blocking. The race was re-run. The Americans refused to take part. Halswelle was the only runner. Halswelle wins!

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Posted: 10th, March 2012 | In: Flashback, Key Posts | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: Helena Monteiro, Rogerio Alves and tabloid excitement

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MADELEINE McCann: Anorak’s look at Our Maddie in the news…

Daily Mirror (front page): “At last! Maddy Police launch new probe”

“Lawyer: Cops investigate ‘fresh, specific information”

No. They don’t.

Daily Express (front page): “MADELEINE – Parents joys as Portuguese police start fresh hunt”

Daily Star (front page): “MADDIE – Shock as cops reopen case”

A shock because it is not true.

Only, the Portuguese police have not re-opened the case. As we reported yesterday,

It is understood that the team from Portugal’s investigative Policia Judiciaria (PJ), headed by senior officer Helena Monteiro, has been looking at the Madeleine case for some weeks now.

A team of detectives based in Oporto in northern Portugal has been appointed to re-examine the original investigation into the little girl’s disappearance from the Algarve in 2007, the Portuguese newspaper Jornal de Noticias reported.

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Posted: 10th, March 2012 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann | Comments (18) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


A history of the Great British Football mascot – from Ken Bailey to sex and violence

ONCE upon a time, football mascots were men like Ken Baily, who dressed as John Bull, helped restore Erica Roe’s modesty after her Twickenham streak, and followed the Queen and the England and Bournemouth football teams across the world. Subbuteo even honoured him with his own model.

Mascot 11 A history of the Great British Football mascot   from Ken Bailey to sex and violence

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Posted: 9th, March 2012 | In: Flashback, Key Posts | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Daily Mail fails Tiffany Porter’s Plastic Brit test

PA 11510432 Daily Mail fails Tiffany Porters Plastic Brit test

TIFFANY Porter is the Daily Mail’sPlastic Brit“. She’s the captain of Team GB at the World Indoor Championships in Turkey.

The Mail says she’s “plastic” because she was born and raised in Michigan. Tiffany Porter represented the United States as a junior. And now she represents Britain because her mother was born in London (her father is Nigerian).

This is a great country, where we welcome talent. But the Daily Mail does not share those values. Its reporter asks Porter to recite the opening liese to God Save The Queen, you know, like the Scots and Welsh don’t do at international sporting events. She can’t or won’t. She should, of course, have asked the reporter to sing the second verse. It’s that ability that marks you as an authentic Briton.

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Posted: 9th, March 2012 | In: Key Posts, Sports | Comments (7) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Kate Middleton is pregnant – Peter Andre, Katie Price and Kerry Katona will be delighted

kate middleton pregnant Kate Middleton is pregnant   Peter Andre, Katie Price and Kerry Katona will be delightedKATE Middleton places a hand on her tum-tum and waves to the crowd. To her side OK! delivers the headline is bold yellow ink:

“A ROYAL BABY”

Can it be that Kate is pregnant? Kate is touching her stomach in the way pregnant women do in the tabloids. And that headline does crete the impression that Middleton is up the duff. Only the smaller print informs us:

“How having a baby will transform her life”.

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Posted: 9th, March 2012 | In: Key Posts, Royal Family | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Gemma McCluskie’s death is a tabloid soap opera

gemma mccluskie 1 Gemma McCluskies death is a tabloid soap operaGEMMA McCluskie appeared in 34 episodes os EastEnders between 2000 and 2001. She’s dead. Well, so police believe. A body has been dragged form the Regent’s Canal in Hackney, London. It has no head. It has no limbs.

Miss McCluskie’s brother Tony has been arrested. He had been living in Bethnal Green, east London, with his sister.

That’s all we know. Police have released no more facts.

It’s a grim tale. A woman appears to have been murdered and dismembered. We know what the order of her ordeal. But the media see a dead star.

Daily Star (front page): “EastEnders murder girl in noisy row”

EastEnders… Noisy row… The Star seems to be blurring fact with fiction. What is EastEnders but a series of noisy rows?

Channel 5 Celebrity Big Brother star Natalie [Cassidy] said: “She’s a lovely girl.”

The Daily Star is owned by Richard Desmond, who also owns Big Brother on Channel 5. Best not to let the BBC and EastEnders get all the free plugs, eh?

The Sun: “Murdered Gemma McCluskie was  ‘in fear of a man’ - EastEnders girl told pals of terror”

Another life-long friend said Gemma, 29, would have “fought for her life” against an attacker. The woman pal said: “She was feisty and bubbly, like her character on EastEnders. Gemma is not the sort of girl who would have wandered off.”

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Posted: 9th, March 2012 | In: Key Posts, News | Comments (7) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Glen Johnson, Paul McGrath, Ron Atkinson, Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra star in a Racism Smack Down

PA 96379 Glen Johnson, Paul McGrath, Ron Atkinson, Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra star in a Racism Smack Down

GLEN Johnson, the Liverpool defender is talking to the Daily Mail where he is billed as “Liverpool’s only black first-team player“. That’s an odd thing to state, given that Liverpool is not a racist club, operating no colour bar to players nor fans.

It duly falls upon Johnson’s shoulders to be the spokesman for the entire black community (and where are those meetings held?).

Johnson was in the line up when unlovely Luis Suarez declined to shake the hand of Manchester United’s unlovely Patrice Evra.

Says Johnson:

“Evra was clever at Old Trafford,’ said Johnson, extending his hand directly towards me. ‘Because – I’m not being funny – but if I wanted to shake your hand I would stick it right out in front of me like that. But if my hand is down here, almost by my side, then it’s because I really don’t want to shake your hand.”

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Posted: 8th, March 2012 | In: Key Posts, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Rochdale rape case shames all men

alleged paedophiles Rochdale rape case shames all men

ON International Women’s Day, an update on the Rochdale rape case at Liverpool Crown Court.

Kabeer Hassan, 24; Abdul Aziz, 41; Abdul Rauf, 43; Mohammed Sajid, 35; Adil Khan, 42; Abdul Qayyum, 43; Mohammed Amin, 44; Qamar Shahzad, 29; Liaquat Shah, 41 and Hamid Safi, 22, are in court. They all deny conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with children under the age of 16. Also a 59-year-old man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, denies the same charge and two, among other thing, two counts of rape.

The 11 accused are all men. That is the first thing we see.

In court, one of the men’s alleged victims tells strangers and a jury that when aged 15 she work form a drunken slumber to find a man raping her.

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Posted: 8th, March 2012 | In: Key Posts, News | Comments (27) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The 10 funniest GIFS ever

WE love GIFS. You should see this video of how they came into being. But before that, enjoy the funniest 10 GIFS ever…

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Amazing street art in photos

Amazing street art in photos – it’s not all grey with signs telling you what not to do…

 

Posted: 8th, March 2012 | In: Key Posts, Photojournalism | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


David Cameron’s wolf whistle politics – making saucy whistling a crime

wolf whistle David Camerons wolf whistle politics   making saucy whistling a crimeDAVID Cameron is out to ban the wolf whistle. Well, so says the Sun. The less sensational story is that Cameron is to sign the country up to Council of Europe’s convention on violence against women.

The Guardian writes:

Among the pledges in the convention, which has already been signed by 18 countries including Germany, France and Ukraine, is one to pass legislation or other measures to criminalise or impose other sanctions for “unwanted verbal, non-verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature with the purpose or effect of violating the dignity of a person, in particular when creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment”.

Unwanted? How do you qualify unwanted?

Better to rebrand the wold whistle to something less predatory, like the frog whistle or the teddy bear whistle. Wolves don’t whistle. But rabbits might.

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Posted: 8th, March 2012 | In: Key Posts, Politicians | Comments (4) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Do tabloid rewards do more harm than good?

PA 4651745 Do tabloid rewards do more harm than good?

DO newspaper rewards aide the hunt for missing persons and criminals? Or are they just splashy adverts that show how much the organ cares, or pretends to? The News of The World’s £1,5m reward for Madeleine McCann remains unclaimed (did it die with the paper?). So too does the Daily Express’ £1million reward for information on what happened to Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman.

As it did with Our Maddie and Jo Yeates, the tabloids likes to slap their logos on the faces of the missing. As the Sun said:

We also produced posters featuring this picture of the girls, in the Manchester United shirts they were wearing when last seen. The Sun pledged £100,000 of the reward and the News of the World £50,000.

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Posted: 7th, March 2012 | In: Key Posts, News | Comments (4) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Blackburn man learned to grow marijuana on Facebook Pot Farm

pot farm Blackburn man learned to grow marijuana on Facebook Pot Farm

MARK Anthony Barnes tells Blackburn Magistrates that he learned to grow and cultivate cannabis by playing Pot Farm on Facebook.

Facebook has rules against showing marijuana being used for trade and recreation.

But the Facebook founder have donated to the legalise marijuana drive

Facebook’s attitude to marijuana is every bit as confused as that of Western governments.

The Lancashire Telegraph says:

“Barnes was so successful at transferring virtual reality cultivation into the real thing that his first crop had a street value of nearly £7,000.”

Is this the Facebook business model?

Andrew Church-Taylor, defending, adds:

“There was so much he had actually destroyed some of the crop.”

Barnes pleaded guilty to producing cannabis. For his pains he was given a 26 weeks prison sentence suspended for 12 months, made subject to a 7pm to 7am curfew for 16 weeks and ordered to pay £85 costs.

A curfew? Why? Why keep the man who grows weed at home at home? The nonsense gets more nonsensical when we read:

Mr Church-Taylor said Barnes was a full-time carer for his wife and rarely went out of the house.

So. A curfew will teach him to obey the letter of the law on drugs – a letter than allowed puffing David Cameron to become Prime Minister.

The law on weed is so utterly pathetic, so weak and vindictive it could drive a man to drink (which is heavily taxed)…

Spotter: Karen

Posted: 7th, March 2012 | In: Key Posts, marijuana | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Ed Miliband says boycott the Sun – so David Miliband writes for it

PA 9530074 Ed Miliband says boycott the Sun   so David Miliband writes for it

SAYS Ed Miliband:

“News International have sullied the character of reputation of British journalism”March 3, 2012

All good and true Labour supporters must boycott the Sun, says Ed.

“Sunk by a wave of freedom - David Miliband writes why Russian election could be end of Putin” – March 4, 2012

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The many orgasm faces of George Osborne

THE many orgasm faces of George Osborne – as not seen by anyone other than his wife ever (and no prostitutes nor members of the Bullingdon club)…

Spotters: @TomChivers, and TheMayCumFacesofGeorgeOsborne@Uponnothing

 

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Live-tweeting from the Park Slope Coop meeting – a gathering for tortured PC souls

park slope food coop Live tweeting from the Park Slope Coop meeting   a gathering for tortured PC souls

WITH its leafy streets lined with charming brownstones, Park Slope is one of New York’s most desirable neighbourhoods. The name comes from the neighbourhood’s location on the western slope of Prospect Park – Brooklyn’s green oasis.

In the family-friendly Park Slope, also nicknamed “Stroller City”, yummy mummies brush shoulders with actors, directors and authors. Tom Hanks has a house here, as does Steve Buscemi and celebrity couple Maggie Gyllenhall and Peter Sarsgaard. Vintage shops, restaurants serving locally-sourced food and fair-trade coffee, community gardens and farmers’ markets cater to the well-to-do residents’ every need and PC preoccupation.

At the heart of the neighbourhood is the Park Slope Coop, a members’ only supermarket selling organic fruit and veg, artisan cheeses, supplements and vitamins, environmentally-friendly cleaning material and more. The coop has over 15,000 members, most of whom work at the shop once a month in exchange for discounts on groceries – and the buzz they get from feeling morally superior to their fast-food chomping peers.

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Janaka Basnayake loses buried alive world record

janaka buied Janaka Basnayake loses buried alive world recordDID Janaka Basnayake, 24, break the world record for being buried alive? We may never know. Firstly, there is no official record. Secondly, Lord Lucan has yet to appear for his hiding place. And lastly, we do not know the precise moment when Mr Basnayake died under the ground in Kantale, Sri Lanka.

Also, it is only alleged that Mr Janaka Basnayake buried in 10foot-deep trench sealed with wood and soil. It is only alleged that his family and friends helped him, er,  live his dream.

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Posted: 7th, March 2012 | In: Key Posts, Strange But True | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Photos of the day – Wookie Goldberg’s missing piggy

Spotters: mudwerksmiguelandrade,  kidgloves,

Posted: 6th, March 2012 | In: Key Posts, Photojournalism | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Prince Harry does the Bahamas – Bahamas yields (photos)

PRINCE Harry has made it to the Bahamas. There he was presented with a portrait of himself. It wasn’t a  caricature done by a precinct Picasso in black ink, with  Harry smoking a massive refer, scarfing a rum punch and squiring a lovely bevy of lovelies. No, no. Wait for the photos. This is a neat portrait of Harry looking demure, as befits his role as one of the patriotic flag bearers for this year of Great British greatness. 2012 is the year of the Great British London Olympics and the Great British Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Lucky old Harry gets to escape the place for a while and build up his tolerances before the real pomp begins…

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Prince Harry visits the Mayan temple at Xunantunich , Belize, on the second day of his 10 day tour to Belize, Bahamas, Jamaica, and Brazil. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday March 3, 2012. See PA story ROYAL Harry. Photo credit should read: Mark Large/Daily Mail /PA Wire

Posted: 5th, March 2012 | In: Key Posts, Royal Family | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Baby P’s father gets £75,000 for being called a child rapist in print

6651655 Baby Ps father gets £75,000 for being called a child rapist in print

THE father of Baby Peter Connolly – for now and for ever the tabloids’ Baby P – has been awarded £75,000 against the publishers of The People. The newspaper said he was a child rapist who had attacked a 14-year-old girl.

The paper was wrong.

Mr Justice Bean said it was “difficult to think of any charge more calculated to lead to the revulsion and condemnation of a person’s fellow citizens than the rape of a 14-year-old girl”.

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Posted: 5th, March 2012 | In: Key Posts, News | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0