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Sunday 27 July 2014

Top Six – July 27

So what’s hot, and what’s not, in the past week’s blogging? Here are the six most popular posts on Zelo Street for the past seven days, counting down in reverse order, because, well, I have to clear up after curry-making later. So there.
6 Tory Youth Wing Row Worsens Another day, another senior Conservative Future figure forced out, this time by an anonymous smear campaign. Who was behind it was not clear – but that Mark Clarke was celebrating the ousting certainly was.

5 Fake Sheikh – Pants On Fire Mazher Mahmood’s latest sting, on singer Tulisa Contostavlos, fell apart after the judge threw the case out. He did this because Mahmood lied to him – so how many more of those stings might have to be revisited? Another less than beneficial day for the Murdoch press.

4 So Farewell Then Tabloid Troll All the wrong calls, threats of turning up on critics’ doorsteps, and frequently dodgy “inside information” ended suddenly as the Twitter presence called Tabloid Troll disappeared. He won’t be missed.

3 Guido Fawked – Say Sorry To Owen Jones The perpetually thirsty Paul Staines and his rabble at the Guido Fawkes blog had to pull their smear of Owen Jones after being called out and ridiculed. But, as usual with the Fawkes folks, there was no apology. No change there, then.

2 MH17 – Citizen Journalism Shames The Press While papers did their punditry and speculation over the shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777, Eliot Higgins’ new venture Bellingcat showed how citizen journalism located the missile launcher thought to be behind the attack. You can still contribute to the Kickstarter.

1 Don’t Menshn Mira Bar-Hillel Louise Mensch tried to smear the Israeli journalist as anti-Semitic and racist. This only served to make her look yet more ridiculous.

And that’s the end of another blogtastic week, blog pickers. Not ‘arf!

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