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How and why the Guardian and BBC collude with despots & terrorists


A guest post by Geary

As Harriet “Hen the Pen” Sherwood joins Jeremy “Our Man in Hamas” Bowen in Tripoli, we might reflect for a moment on the freedoms and privileges bestowed by their despotic hosts on them and the likes of Fisk, say, and Ugly Orla (Guerin).

Are they permitted to file from Arab capitals by blood soaked dictators thanks to their reputations for fearless independent impartial even-handed reporting? Of course not. Quite the opposite. They are welcome precisely because they have a track record of never calling an Arab spade a spade, never calling Arab terrorists by that name, of being as indulgent as they can get away with towards Hamas, Hezbollah and their puppet-masters.

Never mention the inter-Palestinian murders, the Syrian torture chambers, the Jew-genocidal Charters of foundation. Or Arafat’s unscrupulous personal “proclivities”.  And, if you’re Barbara Plett, shedding a tear for the dying terrorist mafioso does your BBC career no harm at all. Oh, and of course, they are also welcome in the Palaces of Blood for their fame as being metronomically reliable in taking every opportunity on offer to badmouth Israel. Do you want a career as journalist in the Middle East? Be nice to dictators and terrorists but spit venom at the one democratic and civilised country they wish to destroy. After all, Israel will always let you back in. The worst that can happen to you is a black look from the border police.

Sherwood and Bowen are no fools or, rather, they have no lack of low cunning. They know that one day, to further their careers, they might want to report from Gaza or Lebanon or Damascus, just as they are now reporting from Tripoli. (By the way, on Libya, both the Guardian and BBC are calling in old favours. The Guardian for its pro-Gaddafi family special pleading (here and here and here), the BBC for Bowen’s Bambi-eyed adoration of the old goat himself.  You rub my blood-soaked back, I’ll rub your unscrupulous mercenary spine). And so they are careful to lay the cautious groundwork: don’t be hard on dictators, be nice to the terrorists, dump on Israel.

They know that, when they apply to enter some repressive Arab badland, their portfolio is going to be scrutinised by the Intelligence Services (aka the Torture Police). Ah good, Mr Bowen talks of the “Israeli occupation of Gaza”, excellent. Ah, Ms Sherwood, she of the chicken-heart and blind eye to Israeli virtues and Arab misdeeds.  Very good. Let them in.

And, in the meantime, the one country in the region with a free press gets such a bad press from the collaborationist Guardian and BBC. But there is a special punishment reserved in Dante’s Hell for sycophants like Bowen and Sherwood, like Ugly Olga, Plett, Brian Whitaker and the squalid Chris McGreal. They are destined to pass eternity steeped in excrement, commensurate to the ordure they speak and write.

Strange thing is, they seem to be up to their necks in it already.

Botticelli Punishment of the Panderers, Seducers and Sycophants

78 replies »

  1. “SerJew sounds like the Taliban in Jew’s clothing. He failed to notice that the whole point of this blog is to be politically correct, though apparently only in one particular.” sammie

    Oh, you nailed, dammit! You´ve just “deconstructed” the grand conspiracy lurking behind this blog. We are all crypto-talibans, humorless, censoring, intimidating, anti-semitic (disguised as pro-zionist), anti-western and medieval obscurantists.

    Fortunately we can always count on such beacons of humanitarian millenarism, like sammie-the-nanie, to rescue us all from our sins of critical thinking and insolence. Repent! Repent!

  2. 2We are all crypto-talibans, humorless, censoring, intimidating”,

    Speak for yourself. Don’t drag down to your level stellar posters possessed of sound judgment (and a wicked sense of humour even) like the admirable Israelinurse. Adam Levick the head honcho is pretty damn good too, and I don’t have to agree with everything Akus writes to say he is well worth reading too.

  3. I will leave you with this tale even though many will just find fodder for further sneering, I hope the message gets through to some that words can kill and are not just irrelevant politically correct faux feminist outrage.

    During the most tumultuous days of black student riots on campus in SA, a white female colleague of mine who had been a staunch supporter of the liberation struggle was vice chancellor of the University. She was nevertheless seen as part of the white establishment which was the object of student hostility for some grievances I can no longer recall. The male staff cowered inside the admin buildings too afraid to face the rioting mob. It was only my female colleague who went out to face them. She was not a barbie doll in appearance. She was faced with baying chants of Ugly J.. Ugly J.. They would not have used that language about a male member of staff. They used that language to show their contempt for women and to stir the crowd to violence against her.
    She steadfastly held her ground and faced the crowd down, to the shame of her male colleagues. But I will never hear that phrase without thinking of that mob.

  4. “Speak for yourself.” amie

    I always do, sweetheart, and assume full responsibility. I don´t need your type of herd mentality in which truth and reality are raped in the name of “the cause”.

    So, why, don´t *you* take some responsibility, for a change?

  5. “She steadfastly held her ground and faced the crowd down, to the shame of her male colleagues. But I will never hear that phrase without thinking of that mob.” amie

    So, you had a bad experience which in your mind became associated to the word “ugly”. Henceforth, wherever you hear it you have a Pavlovian reaction that just shuts your critical habilities, so that a side comment in a blog provoke in you a disproportionate reaction. Man, can that be more PC??!

    So, for now on, one shouldn´t say of any woman that she´s ugly, or fat or has halitosis. But it´s still ok to say anything you want about man.

  6. Sammy ‘n Amie, get over yourselves, do!

    Geary’s is a good article.

    Give it a rest already!

  7. Yes, amie, it is to show contempt for women and we see the mob behaviour forming in the lining up with jeers and jibes and all the tired old injunctions that have not a thought worth the name between them. This is my first sight of this blog and it is disappointing to say the least that something supposedly intended to be about antisemitism stoops so low and has so little awareness or sense of irony, let alone humour.

  8. QUOTE: So, for now on, one shouldn´t say of any woman that she´s ugly, or fat or has halitosis. But it´s still ok to say anything you want about man.
    – – – – – –
    Could anyone read those two statements and tell me that isn’t the very definition of a non sequitur?
    (Not to mention the second also being a heap of straw.)

  9. Sam: Check out any of Israelinurse posts. She is a down to earth English woman and Israeli who speaks from a depth of personal experience, who advocates for Israel with both passion and good sense and a deep sense of humanity, and satire and humour, where appropriate. She is the best thing about this blog.

  10. It looks like the complaints against the Beeb’s coverage of the Mavi Marmara affair have been rejected for the most part, except for three rather trivial matters.

    I found that quite surprising, given that the Beeb was investigating itself.

    Perhaps there’s some hope for it, but precious little for the Groan.

    And Geary, I like this article. Pay no heed to the children. They must’ve eaten the sweeties with additives.

  11. “This is my first sight of this blog and it is disappointing to say the least that something supposedly intended to be about antisemitism stoops so low and has so little awareness or sense of irony, let alone humour.”
    Sammie-nannie

    Well, disapointments are part of life. <— guess: it this irony? or is it sarcasm? and what´s the difference?

    Now, if your are so unhappy about this blog, why you keep posting your inanities and whinings? Just to exchange adulations with your side-kick amie? Are you engaged?

    So, try to be an adult for a change and go find a blog that suits your tastes, for instance, CiF itself, where you can be sure to find the quintessential theory and practice of anti-semitism, plus huge doses of
    spleenetic self-congratulatory self-righteousness. Enjoy!

  12. “still ok to say anything you want about man. But Geary didn’t. He chose the woman. Why?” sammie

    Who the hell cares?!?! He already said he thinks all those people are *ugly*.
    (oh, sorry, I used your trauma-word, I hope you won´t throw a tantrum).,

  13. Sam: Check out any of Israelinurse posts. She is a down to earth English woman and Israeli who speaks from a depth of personal experience, who advocates for Israel with both passion and good sense and a deep sense of humanity, and satire and humour, where appropriate. She is the best thing about this blog.

    Thanks for that, amie. I am sure she is worth reading.

  14. SarahLeah
    And Geary, I like this article. Pay no heed to the children. They must’ve eaten the sweeties with additives.

    Hey. Leave out the insults. Pandering to misogyny does you no credit.

  15. SerJew,
    You have no interest in reasoning, answering points or making a sustainable argument.
    Why don’t you start a woman-hating blog of your own instead of inflicting your irrationality and Talibanesque nonsense on one about antisemitic hatred?

  16. Irit

    “Please, even ordure and excrement do not deserve such a fate!”

    Don’t worry, I’ve just checked – it’s their own excrement they’re in, so they merit each other.

    @ amie and sam

    Look. “Ugly Orla” has a poetic ring to it that “Ugly Fisk” doesn’t.

    And I didn’t comment on the looks of Sherwood or Plett (females), but I was mean about old goat Gaddafi and child-buggering Arafat (males).

    You guys are so up your PC selves you completely ignore the central serious point of the piece.

    Go to the bottom of the class.

  17. Geary, You have to admit it’s not as good as Deary Geary or even Dreary Geary, though!
    Looks to me that you are the one who’s so up your PC that you have posted a rant because Orla Guerin has said or done something that doesn’t conform to your PC requirements vis-a vis Israel. How dare she! (Whatever it was). Have a nice day and a nice Easter! (Am I allowed to say that? Wouldn’t want to offend Israel, like…)

  18. “SerJew,
    You have no interest in reasoning, answering points or making a sustainable argument.” Sammie

    Indeed, I have no interest in reasoning with spoiled PC-operatives like your Sammie-nannie duo. It´s as useless as arguing with scientologists. But I do enjoy make fun of your comic pretensiousness.

    Oh, and I sincerely hope you and amie will be inspired by the upcoming royal wedding and will finally decide to consumate your marriage at the High Church of All Things PC.

  19. Honestly, SerJew, reading you is like reading The Guardian. Not interesting or worth the time it takes.

    PS: Did no one tell you? We’re already married! amie is a good fine woman and a great catch.

    Congratulations are in order, don’t you think? (In the happiness of the occasion, I may even forgive some of your more unkind comments.)

  20. “Honestly, SerJew, reading you is like reading The Guardian. Not interesting or worth the time it takes. ” Sammie-nannie

    But, curiously, you still keep reading and responding to me. As for myself, I do love to make fun of your PC-mental armour.

    And, yes, congrats! You´ve found a perfect match indeed.

  21. Why, thank you!

    You’re just so limited in your thinking, like The Guardian. I just get bored.
    But I would never be bored with amie. She is a strong fine woman with a keen mind, good moral sense and serious purpose.

  22. Good heavens! It says above that the time is 5 15 pm when in fact it is 10 15 pm. Don’t tell me this is American time. Is it an American site?

  23. Ugly Orla” has a poetic ring to it. The term you are looking for is alliteration.

    Sam, indeed I am a lucky woman to hook up with one such as you. Especially a hideous crone like me.

  24. Now! Now, my lovely amie. Don’t go denigrating your fine self. There are enough others here ready and willing to do that!

  25. “As Harriet “Hen the Pen” Sherwood joins Jeremy “Our Man in Hamas” Bowen in Tripoli…” rather sets the tone for the rest of the article. Stop slinging mud. If you have something to say that’s worth saying people might be persuaded by your arguments. If you disagree with what Jeremy Bowen said or did then let us know what and why. This name calling is childish and only entertains the home side (mostly you). Those sitting on the fence are unlikely to be convinced by it.