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Friday 18 June 2021

Daily Mail Hearts GB News

What a difference a year makes: last September, the Mail was giving a platform to Defund The BBC, telling readersDefund the BBC, founded by Brexiteers, began crowdfunding in June and aims to decriminalise non-payment of the TV licence fee … The group is using the money to create campaign material including billboards, merchandise and advertisements across social media”. November brought more uncritical publicity.

Nothing wrong with damaging the Beeb - not in the minds of the inhabitants of the Northcliffe House bunker. But all has changed with the appearance on the media horizon of Gammon Broadcasting News (“Bacon’s News Channel”), which has attracted the attention of the people at Stop Funding Hate. Suggesting to advertisers that they should not have their brands associated with GB News has sent the Mail apoplectic.

So much so that yesterday brought this classic Daily Mail headline: “The hatred of the Stop Funding Hate fanatics: They vilified GB News even before it launched and claim to fight for tolerance - but foul-mouthed trolling is par for the course, writes GUY ADAMS”. Adams finds a series of social media users who have aggressively targeted GB News advertisers and declared them to be the same as SFH, even though they clearly are not.

In support cameRevealed: The hard left Corbynista zealots campaigning to cancel GB News include vegan professional cat-sitter, a gender and sexuality studies teacher and an ex-BBC executive … Stop Funding Hate insists it 'not linked to, or aligned to, any political party’ … But its leadership appear to be left-wing pro-Labour and pro Jeremy Corbyn”. The Mail appears to be an unprincipled crock of crap, but hey ho. And there was more.

That targeting of SFH was an organised Mail hit job was confirmed when talentless churnalist Richard Littlejohn, so British that he has lived for decades in the USA, declared SFH to be a protection racket, like that run by the Kray twins and their pals. “SFH has been stoking up a tedious Twitterstorm to bully advertisers into boycotting the station. Their message is clear: advertise with GB News and we will destroy you” he blusters.

As opposed to the Mail telling Slebs and Royals to cooperate with them, or … you get the picture. SFH has been the target of vicious press hit-jobs more or less since it started. But the latest twist shows that the Mail is not only worried about the potential effect of an advertiser exodus on GB News’ continued viability, it gives the impression that it is not a disinterested party. Like being invested in shifting the Overton Window rightwards.

The Mail, and all the other parts of our free and fearless press that have been shilling for GB News, have good cause to be concerned: the new channel has thus far demonstrated poor production values, the dark and austere sets are hardly welcoming, viewer numbers - despite former Murdoch editor Andrew Neil’s claims - are gradually subsiding, and flagship presenters like the deeply unpleasant Dan Wootton come over as worryingly inept.

Moreover, content is already being recycled - this evening sees a Brillo highlights show, so it appears The Great Man only appears four evenings a week. As does Wootton, who’s not “Live” this evening. Meanwhile, those the channel might have been expected to poach - think Nick Ferrari, or even Julia Hartley Dooda - have wisely stayed put.

If GB News is any good, it won’t need the Mail to shill for it. I’ll just leave that one there.

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Steve Woods said...

For those who enjoy a laugh at the dilettantism of Brillo's Geebies, I recommend the GB News Fails Twitter account.

Anonymous said...

Don'tcha just LOVE it when the Daily Heil gammon face turns PUCE?

Me, I'll just exercise my free democratic choice not to buy either the fascist <>Heil<> or Gammon Bullshit Nerds. While urging companies not to advertise with both. And ripping the piss out of both at every available opportunity.

May they both drown in their own Nazi poison. And the sooner the better for the cultural health of this country.

Darren G said...

its actually quite funny.

On Twitter ( dont have facebook but I assume that it is similar ),

nearly all of the account complaining about the Ad avoidance on GBeebies have the defund the bcc hashtag in their bio.

Tad bit hypocritical there methinks

Arnold said...


Sam said...

GBH News motto:"advertise with us or we'll send someone around to 'ave a little chat with you?

iMatt said...

Is this not part of free market economics of the type the Mail champions? If I decide not to spend money at a particular establishment or with a particular brand/product due to where it chooses to advertise, then that's my choice surely?

Anonymous said...

When gammons peddle their "free market" bullshit what they mean is Free To Push Far Right Racist Propaganda At Everyone Else's Expense.

One party government and media lies and spivvery hated by all true democrats.

Anonymous said...

Quite, to me, defunding the BBC means not paying the TV Licence, the same licence that is needed to watch GB News as it is being broadcast.

Anonymous said...

Stop Funding hate true democrats? I wonder. This "one party government" was actually democratically voted for, and a woker PM there has never been. Nothing wrong with people peddling what you see as right wing racist propaganda, it gives you an open opportunity to set out your counter arguments and let people make up their own mind. But of course what you want is to control what people can watch, hear and read and then if they still want to think for themselves punish them. Now is that true democracy? The truth of this is clearly illustrated by your use of what you think are pernicious insults, hate is bad, and the term used is sexist and could be considered racist, tut tut!

Anonymous said...


Bozo The Clown and the tory Circus "woke".....Jesus wept, I've heard it all now. A demonstration of ranting rightery at its worst. Laughable.

So is the notion of a far right clique in power through a minority of the electoral roll.

Britain has never been a democracy. And at this rate never will be.