A voice for the voiceless (with or without CNN)

These haven’t been good days for Iran and, though not nearly on the same scale, it hasn’t been a good 24 hours for CNN either. The hashtag #CNNfail is currently reverberating around the Twittersphere as the Twitterati show their disgust for CNN’s seeming inability to give coverage to the goings on in the Middle East […]

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Ding ding – Rusbridger v. Watson

The Twitterverse was today privy to a debate that, in pre micro-blogging days, might well have taken place behind closed doors. The Guardian’s editor Alan Rusbridger and outspoken Labour MP (and blogger/Twitterer) Tom Watson engaged in a bit of tweeting on the subject of the Guardian’s treatment of Gordon Brown and Rusbridger’s own anti-Labour editorial […]

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Oi Blears! Dont blame the medium

Yesterday on the Guardian website, Hazel Blears sent out a (thinly) veiled criticism of Gordon Brown and, in particular, his recent YouTube video (above), the reception to which has been pretty poor to say the least. Blears comments: “People want to look their politicians in the eyes and get their anger off their chests. We […]

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It’s just too easy for Obama

It’s been another busy week at the White House. President Obama welcomed a new member of his team – a puppy, Bo – and, more pertinent politically (if less hyped) are the suggestions from the current administration that things may be about to get a bit better economically. And it really is perfect timing for […]

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When politics goes viral

Conservative MEP Daniel Hannan has been making headlines this week following his controversial anti-Brown outburst at the European parliament (video below). The headlines didn’t appear in traditional media outlets however. Rather, they appeared online and were spread via social media. Maybe the traditional news believe that the speech, in purely political terms, was fairly inconsequential […]

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Non, non et non, Monsieur le Président

Oh dear. The French president, Nicolas Sarkozy has pledged €600m (£565m) to help the country’s troubled newspaper industry. Ok, not too bad, news in certainly important. But, he goes further…. He had added that he will give every teenager a free, one-year, state-subsidised subscription to a daily newspaper of their choice, as an 18th birthday […]

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Barack: the ultimate marketing case study?

Tuesday was a great day. We sat in the office, in awe of an undoubtedly great man. We were transfixed. As Paul Carr said in his weekly column, the usual British cynicism that so often comes to the fore when anything American is concerned disappeared like $1 Obama water offered to a million-strong crowd. The […]

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