The tendency of certain newspapers to play both sides of the field - the Mail is probably the supreme exponent of the genre - has, it seems, percolated down the food chain to the perpetually thirsty Paul Staines and his rabble at the Guido Fawkes blog. Staines was telling last month that he had moved away from blogging, only to later find the label useful as a means of promoting Himself Personally Now.
Fart in lift Inquiry hits damp patch
When talking to the Guardian - note also that Staines plays both sides of the field here too, laying into the paper when it suits him, then all too ready to use it to garner publicity - he told that “I am very nervous about moving away from the blog concept but we are more of a news website now. We’ve dropped the term ‘blog’ from the masthead”. So, got that? The founder of the Fawkes blog says it’s no longer a blog.
As Roy Greenslade has noted, he “argues in his Calibre interview that although newspapers are ‘still an important part of the debate’, bloggers and the Twittersphere cannot be ignored”. And here’s the quote: “I read more bloggers now than mainstream columnists, because they’ve got more interesting things to say. Too many columnists today make you think, ‘Yeah, I think you’ve said that 10 times before and I’ve just noticed your column has not got a single fact in it’”. I wonder who he was referring to, er, Paul?
[UPDATE 1935 hours: as if the Fawkes rabble could not make themselves look yet more ridiculous, their latest attempt to smear Mil The Younger has served only to give Miliband more publicity, and make the Fawkes folks look like the pretentious wannabes they all too often appear to be.
In trying to badger Labour MP Toby Perkins, who rightly said "Oh what a tragic shadow of its former self Guido has become", someone from Guidoland told him "This is important investigative journalism". Yeah, right. However many times they repeat it, it won't turn them into Woodward and Bernstein. Another fine mess]