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Thursday 23 June 2011

Guido Fawked – Second Hand News

The less than dynamic duo of Paul Staines and his tame gofer Henry Cole at the Guido Fawkes blog like to give the impression that they are the go-to source for news and gossip around politics and political journalism. But the timeline concerning the exit of “Mad” Melanie Phillips from the blogroll of the Spectator suggests otherwise.

This morning, the Fawkes blog posted an item on Mel’s departure from the Speccy, correctly citing her last post on June 16, telling that her blog now had “a new home”. However, when the Fawkes blog goes on to say “there is an expensive looking retraction on the front page of the Spectator’s website today, referencing a story by Phillips”, it is a day late.

Because the retraction was there yesterday, and to prove the point, Jonathan Headington of Ropes To Infinity captured the moment and posted it to TwitPic: you can see the image HERE, with the date June 22 clearly visible. That puts Staines and Cole not at the front of breaking news, but at the very back along with the likes of the Express and Daily Star.

Moreover, the moral of a story about someone putting about tales that increasingly turn off the target audience and spray your credibility up the wall is seemingly lost on Staines and Cole. Have a think about it when you have a quiet moment in the Westminster Arms, eh, lads?

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