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John Barrowman snogged a dude at the Commonwealth Games because that's how John Barrowman rolls
By Media Mole - 24 July 11:01

The Doctor Who actor John Barrowman kissed a guy in the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Sky reporter Colin Brazier's apology for his MH17 error is a lesson in how to say sorry
By Media Mole - 22 July 12:10

Colin Brazier of Sky News was lambasted for picking through a MH17 crash victim's luggage on air; his apology is a moving reminder of just how unprecedented this disaster is.

Barmy BBC cuts: Panorama reporters go but "crap BBC Buzzfeed" stays
By Media Mole - 17 July 14:34

Outrage as 415 jobs are cut and Panorama loses key journalists.

Michael Gove. Photo: Getty
Michael Gove got stuck in the toilet on his first day as Chief Whip
By Media Mole - 17 July 13:06

The Shadow Leader of the Commons, Angela Eagle, revealed the former Education Secretary’s first day disaster.

"Hope I don't look too '80s cabin attendant'": Nick Clegg in Twitter joke triumph
By Media Mole - 16 July 12:33

Is this the best thing our Deputy Prime Minister's ever done?

New boys on the block: Your guide to the Kings of the Downing Street catwalk
By Media Mole - 16 July 11:22
  • William Hague wore a suit
  • Michael Gove wore a suit
  • Philip Hammond wore a suit
  • Daringly, Michael Fallon wore a suit
  • All the men wore suits
The Guardian confuses Vine with Jeremy Vine
By Media Mole - 16 July 9:11

The Guardian confuses the short-form video sharing service with the BBC Radio 2 presenter.

Portsmouth is awash with Hancocks
By Media Mole - 15 July 14:42

What it lacks in shipbuilding, it makes up for in Hancocks.

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"The worst kind of tabloid": George Clooney rejects the Mail's apology
By Media Mole - 11 July 13:44

The actor has rejected the Daily Mail's apology for printing a false story about his fiancee's mother.

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In the first half of 2014, MPs have earned £150,000 for journalism work
By Media Mole - 10 July 13:54

MPs have been paid nearly £150,000 in the first of half of this year for journalism work.

Actor George Clooney arrives for the red carpet of Omega Le Jardin Secret dinner party on May 16, 2014 in Shanghai, China. Photo: Getty Images
Clooney blasts Daily Mail for "dangerous" lies about his fiancée that "exploit religious differences"
By Media Mole - 09 July 11:32

The actor has rounded on the British tabloid for stirring up trouble with an unsourced allegation.

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I know you don't want it: Robin Thicke's new album has sold 530 copies
By Media Mole - 08 July 12:48

Revenge for the nation's ears as the Blurred Lines singer's new offering sells terribly in the UK.

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"Hung to his curves": Mail Online gives Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger the Sidebar of Shame treatment
By Media Mole - 07 July 16:49

The Mail surpasses itself by giving the Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger its signature figure-hugging treatment.

Ofsted. Photo: Flickr/Pete
Multimillionaire Tory donor in the running for next Ofsted chair
By Media Mole - 04 July 13:05

David Ross, the multimillionaire co-founder of Carphone Warehouse, is in the frame to succeed Sally Morgan as chair of the education watchdog.

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The Department for Work and Pensions has an official subscription to Private Eye
By Media Mole - 04 July 12:33

A Freedom of Information request reveals which newspapers and magazines the DWP receives. The department must have a thick skin as one of these is Private Eye.

Watch: George Osborne dodges basic maths question from a 7-year-old on live TV
By Media Mole - 03 July 13:25

Watch the Chancellor bat away a times table question from a child in an interview on Sky.

US goalkeeper Tim Howard reacts during a Round of 16 football match between Belgium and USA at Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on July 1, 2014. Photo: Getty Images
Hey Americans, Tim Howard's been sportsing for years
By Media Mole - 02 July 17:48

Bit late to the party, no?

A pothole. Photo: Getty
The long-term economic plan, hardworking families, and, err, potholes
By Media Mole - 02 July 13:38

The Prime Minister took the modern trend for sloganeering a little far in PMQs today, basically making a State of the Nation address about potholes.

Nigel Farage turns his back on the EU anthem at the opening of the European Parliament
By Media Mole - 01 July 17:34

The Ukip leader led a protest against the European Parliament by standing the wrong way round during Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy”.

Victoria Derbyshire is among those leaving Radio 5 live for “new ventures”. Photo: BBC
New Radio 5 live line-up will have only an hour a week fronted by a woman
By Media Mole - 01 July 13:39

High profile presenters Victoria Derbyshire and Shelagh Fogarty are departing, to be replaced by the likes of Adrian Chiles, Peter Allen, and Tony Livesey.

Robin Thicke. Photo: Getty
#AskThicke: Robin Thicke did a Twitter Q+A, and it didn't go so well
By Media Mole - 01 July 11:31

The Blurred Lines singer did a Twitter Q+A hosted by VH1. Mockery and scorn ensued.

Paxman standing by a wall, behind some trees, at the 2014 Chelsea Flower Show. Photo: Getty Images
Paxman comes out as “One Nation Tory”, says Newsnight “made by 13-year-olds”
By Media Mole - 27 June 11:36

Freed from the demands of hiding his own beliefs while host of Newsnight, Jeremy Paxman has started speaking out.

Who or what is the Old Bailey’s court matron?
By Media Mole - 24 June 13:20

As Rebekah Brooks is led away by the Old Bailey's court matron after the hacking trial verdicts, we ask - who is she: Fighter of crime? Upholder of justice? Or a scary nurse?

Louise Mensch: trollier than thou
By Media Mole - 24 June 13:17

All other trolls go home.

Police Officers stand outside the Chelsea Building Society branch in Sunbury-on-Thames on May 7, 2014 in Sunbury, England. Photo: Getty Images
Fact-check: is "half" of police work really related to social media?
By Media Mole - 24 June 12:08

Is the head of the College of Policing correct to say that "at least half" of police time is taken up by crimes on social media?

Why would a grieving family want to hear from a not-quite England footballer, Ian Wright?
By Media Mole - 24 June 10:17

The Sun columnist says football players shirking international duty should have to call the parents of someone killed in Afghanistan and explain themselves. What?

Tory MP Michael Fabricant tweets about punching journalist "in the throat"
By Media Mole - 20 June 9:19

The Conservative MP for Lichfield has just tweeted something very ill-advised about journalist and commentator Yasmin Alibhai-Brown.

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Labour accidentally tweets promise to give everyone an owl
By Media Mole - 19 June 14:44

Twit-twooing voters: the Labour Press Team has made its best announcement yet.