September 8th, 2011

The Yanks Know Marr is a Soft Touch

Another interesting snippet from Wikileaks’ State Department cables proves that Andrew Marr’s reputation as a patsy is global. In preparation for Hilary Clinton’s UK visit in 2010, the US Embassy in London noted that the Secretary of State should take time out of her schedule to do a pre-record with Marr. The reasons why are hardly a ringing endorsement for the BBC’s flagship interviewer:

“On the public diplomacy side, I hope you can take some time out to tape an interview with leading British journalist Andrew Marr, to be broadcast on his Sunday morning BBC TV talk show. The program, which reaches 1.5 million live and millions more on the web, is essential weekend viewing for Britain, often setting the week’s news and political agenda for the nation. The program could be taped at your hotel, at my residence or at the BBC studios in West London. It would be a powerful way for you to set out our priorities for Afghanistan/Pakistan, and underline our premier partnership with the United Kingdom. Marr is a congenial and knowledgeable interviewer who will offer maximum impact for your investment of time.”

Congenial? In other words a walkover…

Via News UnSpun


  1. 1
    MrAngry61 says:

    He’s a kiss-arse journalist with a specific weakness for leftie politicians.

  2. 2
    Bled White Taxpayer says:

    I’m glad I missed that cartoon the first time around. It makes me want to retch.

  3. 3
    Is Will Hutton a knob? says:

    So many wets in politics and media.

  4. 4
    Kieran E says:

    You may well be right abour Marr, but I rather think this is case of reading what you want to read into the text, and is certainly a case of taking it too far by saying it ‘proves’ anything.

  5. 5
    Backwoodsman says:

    Hello Sir, would you like to buy London Bridge ?

  6. 6
    Nu Attack Dog says:


  7. 7
    Guardian readers are retarded says:

    Is the dopey jug eared c’unt still shagging around?

  8. 8


    Ed Balls told me he used to worry that one day he was going to find Marr saying,

    “Hang on a mo! Hasn’t Obama tried this spend until no country in the world will lend anymore money? And hasn’t it all gone rather badly? I mean..catastrophically badly, Insanely badly. Hasn’t Obama spunked $11 trillion dollars? And if you divide the jobs created by the cost its $238,000 a job?
    Surely he could have just given a two year, employment tax holiday and the private sector would have created far more jobs for a fraction of the price.?”

    But then he remembered, Its Marr!

    As hard hitting as fog.
    As intelectual an interviewer as Rodney Trotter
    Softer than an Andrex puppies pooh.

  9. 9
    Engineer says:

    It might be more interesting to know which senior British journalists the Yanks advised Clinton to avoid being interviewed by.

  10. 10
    Tsk says:


  11. 11
    smoggie says:

    Johann Hari. But somehow he got the interview anyway.

  12. 12
    Engineer says:

    None so blind as those who choose not to see.

  13. 13
    Alex says:

    1. (of a person) Pleasant because of a personality, qualities, or interests that are similar to one’s own.
    2. (of a thing) Pleasant or agreeable because suited to one’s taste or inclination.

    Sounds like the definition of a “pushover” to me.

  14. 14
    Goblin Teasmaid says:

    Apparently the cartoonists think he’s worse than “kiss-arse”

  15. 15
    Geoff, England says:

    Essential viewing? Maybe it is, for about 2.5% of the population of the ‘Union’. That means about 97.5% don’t consider it essential viewing. There’s the Biased Bigoted Commies full of their self-importance again.

  16. 16
    Stinkfinger says:

    Saw the start of his show once.Thought it was Noddy on his paper round.
    ‘Not for me’ I thought

  17. 17
    Loungelizard says:

    I assume the theme music and the car at the start of his Sunday prog is some kind of statement, the word that comes to mind is wanker, any ideas?

  18. 18
    Westminster says:

    Keep voting Lib/Lab/Con!

  19. 19
    The Man who never was says:

    Gordon Brown always rated Marr that’s why he gave him the exclusive on the election that never was in 2007 of course

  20. 20
    Jack Dromey (Ms) says:

    No, I think “wanker” sums it all up admirably.

  21. 21
    A proper right winger! says:

    It’s goverment speak for “he’s a walkover”!

  22. 22
    Greasy George says:

    Someone mention me again:

    “It is a pleasure to win this award. I’ve just come from addressing about 300 bankers in the City of London and it says something about my profession that I was still the most unpopular person in the room. It is a fine recognition.

    “I’m not sure who actually reads the politics pages of GQ magazine though – I suspect they are the only pages of the magazine that a teenage boy hasn’t stuck together while reading the magazine. Some might say that’s because the w*****s are on the page rather than reading them.”

    Greasy Osborne Esq

  23. 23
    Stinkfinger says:

    ‘I’m a nice kinda guy’ lefty statement.
    But when you scratch the surface….there is a low down cheating dirty rat who uses super injunctions to protect his image.

  24. 24
    Engineer says:

    Off Topic – slightly – it concerns Foreign Affairs.

    Peter Oborne’s article in today’s Telegraph is worth a read. NewLab weren’t content with wrecking the economy, they all but wrecked the FCO as well. Under their period of office, diplomats no longer bothered to learn the languages and cultures of the countries they were going to, and the FO Library, which contained all the originals of treaties we’d signed with other countries (among much else) for a couple of centuries, was sold off, some of it ending up on E-bay.

    Quite staggering ineptitude, bordering on deliberate vandalism.

  25. 25
    Engineer says:

    Instead of what? Spoiling the ballot paper?

  26. 26
    Hugh G. Rection says:

    Agree with you Kieran. I’m a big Guido fan but I don’t see a smoking gun here.

  27. 27
    MrAngry61 says:

    Didn’t Marr “stab him in the back” by asking if he was on meds?

  28. 28
    MrAngry61 says:

    Hateful treacherous leftie shit eating scum.

  29. 29
    P4ul P1ss St4ines says:


  30. 30
    Axe The Telly Tax says:

    “The BBC is not impartial or neutral” – Andrew Marr

  31. 31
    P4ul P1ss St4ines says:

    Shocking. Take ‘em round the back and fuck ‘em.

  32. 32
    Specsavers says:

    There’s none so blind as them that can’t see.

  33. 33
    Hugh G. Rection says:

    Engineer said the same thing 20 mins ago. Should have gone to Specsavers.

  34. 34
    HandsomeDavid says:

    In the kingdom of the blind, the one eyed man…..

    OH SHIT!!!!

  35. 35
    Loungelizard says:

    We don’t need a FO anymore Baroness Face like a bag full o spanners is opening them up all over the world, just like Burger King.

  36. 36
    What a plonker. says:

    I bet none of them would like to be interviewed by Brillo .
    He is the best.

  37. 37
    HM Government says:


    We haven’t worried ourselves about ‘borders’ and suchlike in many a long year.

  38. 38
    What a plonker. says:

    How could any woman be that hard up?

  39. 39
    Stinkfinger says:

    EU District9 (Britain) has no need of its own Foreign office and as far as seperate treaties are concerned….

  40. 40
    Flim flam says:


  41. 41
    Geoff, England says:

    That figures. They never even ‘asked’ immigrants to England to assimilate/integrate. The Labour government simply encouraged immigrants to do as they damn well pleased.

    The stunning arrogance shown by those diplomats is also very much in keeping with Liebore.

  42. 42
    BGD says:

    Herr Marr : “the vigorous use of state power to coerce and repress…I firmly believe that repression can be a great, civilising instrument for good. Stamp hard on certain ‘natural’ beliefs for long enough and you can almost kill them off.”

    Progressivism speaks.

  43. 43
    Old Tory Bigot says:

    I hate Marr, but “congenial and knowledgeable” is hardly a damning indictment, is it?

  44. 44
    Chrsi The Leatherman says:

    Maximum impact is the damning phrase. It means Marr and the BBC will ask the right questions and are sympathetic to HilaryClinton and everything she stands for. I would be pleased to be described as congenial and knowledgeable.

  45. 45
    Sarah says:

    Me next

  46. 46
    Polly says:

    well . . . .

  47. 47
    Labour edukated says:


  48. 48
    Loungelizard says:

    Don’t confuse career diplomats with political appointees. The old career diplo is merely a servant of the crown.

  49. 49
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    It is in diplomat-speak. BTW Guido, are you going to let your daughters see the cartoon?

  50. 50
    Godron Brhoon says:

    Only for jock itch

  51. 51
    Anonymous says:

    Shame on the FO for being duped.

  52. 52
    Loungelizard says:

    above reply to 42

  53. 53
    Jethro Q. Walrus-Titty says:

    I remember hearing a few years back that Marr was assaulted in a pub over some argument.
    Couldn’t possibly imagine why anyone would want to assault a face that looks as if it had already been smacked hard countless times with a kipper…………….
    Yeah, another one worth every penny at Beeb propaganda unit-more so because he “does his own research” apparently.

  54. 54
    Polly Toynbee, live from Tuscany says:

    More ad hominem attacks. Typical.

  55. 55
    bergen says:

    Think of Robin Day and weep.

  56. 56
    Dodgy Dosser says:

    Does he live near Clapham Inn Junction?

  57. 57
    Do as I say, not as I do says:

    I’m rather tickled by the story that left wing radical socialist crusader for the poor Aaron Porter is charging universities £8,500 for a two week consultancy package through his new company Aaron Porter Consultancy (breathtakingly imaginative name). Only a matter of time before he can buy his own villa in Tuscany.

  58. 58
    Andrew Marr says:

    I couldn’t give a tuppenny fuck.
    I’m a senior luvvie in the cosseted BBC bubble, affording me similar status to one of Stalin’s favoured apparatchiks in the 1930s.

    I’m off to bash out another volume of “The history of Britain through my demented leftist goggles.” Then maybe another chapter of my seminal “Things I observed while working on a lefty newspaper that I somehow think the little people will be fascinated by.”

    Then I’m off to wipe my arse with a 50 pound note. Have you ever even seen a 50 pound note?

  59. 59
    J Dalton says:

    Please Guido, no more images like the one above, it’s too much.

  60. 60
    HM Government says:

    No, he’s generally an arrogant, feckless fool who is of no use to anyone abroad who asks him to do anything even approaching providing effective assistance or protection of british nationals. Their only talents are braying moronically, sychophantic gin swillling with visiting politicians and embarrassing and irritating the hell out of local expats.

  61. 61
    Polly Toynbee says:

    I feel so passionately about poor people and worry about them so much, that’s why I live in an affluent white middle class area far away from the commoners. Do you expect me to live next door to working class folk? You must be mad. I’d never allow one inside my home. My dinner parties are strictly for white middle class and upper middle class educated types. But I do employ a maid at my villa in Tuscany who’s rather lower class and unsightly. I pay her £1 an hour and free signed copies of my books. That’s how philanthropic I am.

  62. 62
    pissed off voter says:

    and we are paying for them.

  63. 63
    Loungelizard says:

    I like this one as well. Only the left would consider paying Aaron Porter at this level. The left funded via the taxpayer pays the left. Aaron wouldn’t get the min wage in the private sector.

  64. 64
    David Laws Lib Dem fiddler says:

    “A soft touch..” Was that his wife or mistress who said that? Perhaps it was Bill, he has form for shagging.

  65. 65
    Loungelizard says:

    You are Sir entitled to your opinion. There are however many exceptions as I’m sure you’ll agree. The local expats can be a bit uphill at times as again I’m sure you’ll agree.

  66. 66
    Ichabod says:

    But I did enjoy James Naughtie giving ‘Ed’ Balls a hard time on Today this morning–he plainly thinks Balls is a piece of work.

  67. 67
    Jabba the Cat says:

    Can we have a bigger(at least A4) version to pass around the internet?

  68. 68
    Anonymous says:

    Can you not read? That’s what the American diplomats think about the Marr programme.

  69. 69
    stilyagi_air_corps says:

    I think New Labour’s FCO policy made a lot of sense, considering their worldview and social priorities – surely all they needed, in order to communicate with like-minded world powers (Cuba, Venezuela), was a GCSE in Spanish.

  70. 70
    Marr-de-marr-marr says:

    Surely: ‘The Yanks Know Marr Too Much’

  71. 71
    Anonymous says:

    Ahhh.. the Haunting sound of the Bagpipes I think ya got to take your tongue out of the Hole though ?????

  72. 72
    Anonymous says:

    How is it essential viewing? Never ever seen an edition and I am better informed about events than many on campus.

  73. 73
    Intellectual says:

    er,———————— possibly you meant intellectual ?

  74. 74
    mark patrick norris says:

    Tony Blair on the run

    T.B is trying to make a mini Through hearts and minds as david cameron
    heard through the grapevine as T.B cannot carry Ed Miliband if he wants
    to survive skulls and bones florence and the wind machine humans are
    long vehicle Ron as they hold pole.

    Strait flip George Osborne said OZ CS Lewis who wants to hold that
    gold in loo W.C

    Italian Job 3

    Michael Caine = Police Commissioner on Resolution 1941 to be given a
    key roll

    Go’s back in time to good night sweet hearts

    Nicholas Lyndhurst = Gary Sparrow

    Ron = Senior Minister



    Gary === May say to Ron how did get through the voices I mean how did
    you get through the gate..

    Phoebe === May say don’t be silly gary he came through Pub and light
    skin Door

    Reg === May say the Gerrys blue the door off wind 2 make a shoulder 2
    shoulder 2 sea

    Michael Caine = Police Commissioner === May say cos your in and not a
    lot of pressure then

    Drinking in last orders

    Bran van 3000

    Michael Caine did nothing that day to the lobby in day in loo W.C

    job creation for the good of the people that day in loo so we end


    king strange gate government legislation Calm’s me and in every

    As we sanitary and con-serve a tree said alastair campbell as I keep a
    breast of Tampax of up up up Minster first past the bedpost kings MI6
    wind Zimbabwe gov internal leak Viagra shouts D.C with land mark to
    open debate as we pinewood as we have a dick chain on mercy mercy me
    signed sealed delivered.

    Now I’m back not a shape or crime in me on cross member said god to
    white wash star chamber.

    mopping up process
    mark patrick norris

  75. 75
    wibble says:

    mind bleach please

  76. 76
    Rt Honourable Gordon Brown MP says:

    Oooooh baby…..

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