Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Hodges,Ed,Guido, and the New Statesman

There has been a great deal of controversy over the fate of New Statesman journalist and blogger Dan Hodges mainly from the website of Guido Fawkes who alleges that an article by the said journalist upset the Labour leader Ed Miliband.

The said article dealt with the issue of the booing of Tony Blair as Ed referenced him in his conference speech forcing the New Statesman to spike the piece.

You can read the full article entitled "Tony Blair is the Scar the Labour Party Cannot Help Scratching" on Iain Dale's site

The magazine has reiterated its version of events that he has simply resigned stating

For the record it says:

Dan Hodges resigned as one of our freelance bloggers, he was not sacked. Moreover, we asked him to stay and to continue blogging.

He wasn't being "rested" from the magazine for the simple reason that he is not a regular contributor to it. Like all other would-be contributors to the magazine he was invited to pitch ideas directly to the editor.

No article or column intended for the magazine was "spiked" because no piece was commissioned for the magazine.

The magazine adds that the article was not spiked saying that they did not run the piece as Hodges had already contributed four blog posts that week (as agreed, and double his usual output).

A fifth post that went over much of the same ground as the previous posts,they say was deemed redundant.

As with all other magazines and newspapers we have occasion to "spike" pieces. It wasn't the first time and it won't be the last.

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