Murdoch press just doing their f—ing job

Twitter is rife with speculation over whether The Sun might have bought the rights to Gillian Duffy's story. It would be in keeping with their recent tactics.

Twitter is rife with speculation tonight as to which right-wing paper might buy the rights to Gillian Duffy’s story, the woman at the centre of “bigot-gate”. If true, it would be in keeping with other recent rumours of the tabloid’s spending patterns.

Earlier this evening politician, Tom Watson, tweeted, “The Sun have paid 50k+ for an exclusive interview with Mrs Duffy. Murdoch turning this election into a farce”. This was swiftly followed by a denial from The Sun’s twitter account saying, “wrong again Tom. We haven’t done any ‘deal’ with Mrs Duffy, or paid her any money.” Then shortly after 9pm the Guardian’s general election editor Matthew Wells tweeted, “Andrew Porter dropping hints on BBC Campaign Show that Telegraph have got the Duffy story”.

But Mr Watson can be excused for thinking this might be in keeping with The Sun’s line of attack during the election campaign. The paper projected its bile on Nick Clegg last week – a move which appears to be backfiring. And unreported by the entire mainstream media, The Sun’s political editor Tom Newton-Dunn, was – according to Vanity Fair columnist Michael Wolffcaught telling colleagues, “It is my job to see that Cameron fucking well gets into Downing Street”.

Meanwhile, writer and academic John Naughton blogged today about an “intriguing email which dropped into my inbox”. It appeared to commission information for The Sun’s Jenna Sloan and said:

“I’m looking for a teacher and a nurse to be case studies in The Sun next week.

“This is for a political, election feature and both must be willing to say why they feel let down by the Labour Government, and why they are thinking about voting Conservative.

“We’ll need to picture them, and also have a chat about their political opinions. We can pay the case studies £100 for their time.”

Naughton cautions that the email may not be genuine. We’ll certainly know one way or another before the election is over.

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36 Responses to “Murdoch press just doing their f—ing job”

  1. SSP Campsie

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  2. Chris Roberts

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  4. Matthew Rhodes

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  12. Claire Louise French

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  13. Carol Roper

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  19. Paul Marsden

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  20. Jill Ebrey

    Just watched ‘Campaign’ on BBC News Channel…Andrew Rawnsley speaking his bile about GB…Have phoned BBC to complain…seems like their election coverage is devoted to stirring up trouble for Labour rather than serious discussion. Harriet Harman was mounting a defence of GB, the two panellists arguing with her. There was no Labour supporting panellist…AR and Telegraph journalist, followed by Michael Howard and Charles Kennedy. How is this balanced? The BBC is meant to be impartial, but It seems to be setting agendas rather than concentrating on reporting. PM on R4, sometimes a very good programme, last week did the same thing over the ‘no fly’ volcano issue…trying to whip up public hysteria amongst people stuck in airports, asking leading questions, trying to elicit particular answers… just what they tried to do tonight on Campaign by linking to voters in a Norwich constituency to the studio and again asking leading questions.

  21. Wes Streeting

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  25. Silent Hunter

    @Jill Ebray:

    Oh Boo Hoo! It’s just so very mean of people to use the same tactics that the Labour Spin Machine under Alastair Campbell, Damien McBride and Derek Draper used against all Labours political opposition in the past.

    But when the boot doing the kicking is not on a ‘Labour foot’ – suddenly it’s “So Unfair”.

    Well the Labour chickens are all coming home to roost now – what’s it like to be on the receiving end for a change?

    Hopefully, your sorry, sleazy excuse for a political party will soon be just a stain on our recent history.
    A party we can all look back on and say “Never again” will we allow a repressive, authoritarian corrupt Labour Government to ride a coach and horses through our freedom of speech and our right to protest.

    So go back to your constituency . . . and PREPARE FOR ANNIHILATION !

  26. Tim Ireland

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  27. Jan Novak

    This is what the labour party think about anyone who brings up the subject of immigration, we are all bigots.

    I’am glad that it happened today so it can show the public the true face of the corrupt labour party. The whole lot of them stink.

    Time to send the labour party to the dust bin where they belong.

  28. Bham Labour Students

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  29. Billy Blofeld

    I’ve only just got in from work – and missed the news all day…… having just caught up, however, it is pretty clear that the mic caught the “real Gordon” that anyone that follows politics (and is sane) knows and hates.

    ……..so to the rest of the nation: Welcome to New Labour.

    They are evil shits at heart. That is what they do. That is who they are.

  30. Danny Lauricourt

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  33. Mr. Sensible

    Not at all surprised to see how the Murdock Press is behaving.

    Jill, I think to criticize the BBC like that is unfair. I catch many news programmes and don’t notice the BBC trying to put an agenda across.

    All this shows why I stick to the BBC and Guardian for my news.

  34. StopTheRight

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  35. Sm26

    the right wing press, and the right wing bloggers who all slavishly toe the party line, desperately trying to suck up to cameron and pickles…it makes me sick that in a week or so they’ll be crowing and masturbating furiously over a tory victory. Pathetic little souls.

    Anyone who actually supports the right wing’s press to twist this election their way is in my honest opinion sub human scum.

    I am sane and intelligent, and I do not hate Brown. I do hate Cameron.

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