September 25th, 2012

Coogan Tells Guido: I’m Brave to Take Murdoch Shilling
Press Freedom Under Attack at Hacked Off Meeting


Hacks, MPs and LibDem delegates assembled in a packed Grand Hotel conference room last night for the Hacked Off debate on press reform. Hugh Grant was bundled away from his meeting with Clegg by his many minders before proceedings began, leaving Steve Coogan as the sole star attraction. Somewhat predictably, the evening quickly descended into an all-out assault on press freedom.

Panelists and delegates focused their ire on the likes of Page 3, Boris and Kelvin Mackenzie, so it seemed as if Coogan was playing to the gallery somewhat when he exhorted: “I float between Labour and LibDem. But never Tory. I’d rather pull out my own eyeballs than vote Tory. Alan Partridge backs David Cameron”. The journalists present looked on with horror as NUJ boss Michelle Stanistreet condemned editors and Hacked Off professor Steve Barnett laughably admitted that “I have this vision of Kelvin behind bars”. The mood was summed up when a technical issue saw the lights briefly go down, only for delegates to shout “Murdoch!”. They promised a debate, but there was none to be found.

20120925-222412.jpgThen came the star of the show. Guido found it interesting how Coogan spent at least a minute beforehand standing and pretending to speak in order that paps could get their money shot. Evan Harris plugging his new book for him was no coincidence either – Coogan is only too happy to use the press when it suits him. When it came down to it, the Latvian-loving tabloid star was full of style but no substance. Apparently “press freedom is a lie peddled by proprietors and editors who only care about profit”, and when it comes to the Mail and the Sun there are “dark forces afoot”. Afterwards Guido asked Coogan about the charge that attacking Murdoch then selling his show to Sky could be seen as hypocritical:

“I am aware of it but I see a flipside, I think it makes me even braver. It would be even more hypocritical if I took his money and didn’t criticise him. What I’m doing puts me in even more danger.”

Just how brave do you have to be to trouser a seven figure sum…


  1. 1
    Tim says:

    What a Muppet!

  2. 2
    Ctesibius says:

    What a complete bell-end. This just shows that acting is not an intellectual job. How much brains does it take to read stuff off a page?

  3. 3
    Clint says:

    So did you call Coogan’s bluff ?

  4. 4
    Only in the Graun says:

    Monkey tennis?

  5. 5
    Grommit says:

    I have integrity. Right up to the point it hits my wallet. Seems like criticising and not taking the geld never crossed his mind.

  6. 6

    This is the modern version of detachment.

    In the old days we would have had his head off.

  7. 7
    Sniper says:


  8. 8
    ToonBob... says:

    Never as funny as he thought he was.

  9. 9
    Ex-Tory says:

    A complete hypocritical socialist c*nt. Like all the luvvies.

  10. 10
    Anonymous says:

    Of course, Coogan has done nothing of any merit for years. Noteworthy that he harks back to Alan Partridge; that’s because he’s done sod all since and just isn’t funny any more.

  11. 11

    Come on, be fair. What do you genuinely expect from people who spend their entire adult life pretending to be someone else for the amusement of the public.
    Trusting actors to behave like real people with real emotions is like trusting politicians to do the same thing.

  12. 12
    Scamp The Excitable Dog says:

    Used to be a big fan of Coogan’s because he is, despite an unbelievable run of bad (and extremely needy) career choices, normally on the side of better than average in the comedy arena, but the self-righteous piety and almost reptilian smugness of him and his comrades ‘in the fight for good’ like Blair lunching Mayor-in-waiting Eddie (L)Izzard now render their onstage and onscreen presences completely unwatchable and integrity free to many people…Wonder if he thinks THAT’S worth it.

  13. 13
    The Oncoming Storm says:

    I’d rather pull my own eyes out than watch one of Coogan’s so called comedy shows

  14. 14
    The General Public says:

    Coogan’s most convincing comic characters (Alan Partridge, Gareth Cheeseman etc) are those that are most like Coogan himself; insufferable posturing bell-ends who aren’t nearly as important as they believe themselves to be.

  15. 15

    John Cleese used to be funny but then he appeared for the LibDems. Don’t these guys learn anything?

  16. 16
    The General Public says:

    Absolutely. I used to really admire Izzard’s stand-up and would drop everything to watch a new series of Partridge, but I’ve no enthusiasm for either any more. It’s hard to laugh at someone’s act when you know the performer is – in real life – such a dreary, pompous finger-wagger.

  17. 17
    itsfewernotless says:

    The distasteful scramble of journalist and celebrity mules staring enviously at the saddle on the high horse.

  18. 18
    Anonymous says:

    Lets face it! He isn’t any different from most other people in the media business.Pay them enough and they will take any position you like. I suspect most politicians are the same. After all most get paid good money as ‘consultants’ to peddle someone elses viewpoint regardless of whether it is for the good of the country or not.

  19. 19
    Becky Rule says:

    The lesbians they had on page 3 never looked like the Eagles sisters or Rosie O’Donnell.

    For shame!

    To those sickos at The Sun newspaper.

  20. 20
    Red Ed says:

    Isn’t he that great DJ who inspired people in Norfolk to be the roaring successes they all are, by shagging their relatives less?

  21. 21

    Are you revolting, General Public?

  22. 22
    Alec Gallagher says:

    It would have been brave of Mr Coogan if he had taken Mr Murdoch’s money first, THEN criticised him. Doing it the other way round, it look much more like hypocrisy to me.

    And in any case, bravery has nothing to do with it. We wouldn’t have thought him a coward if he hadn’t signed up with Sky. This is about principles – and Mr Coogan has abandoned his.

  23. 23
    Taking the middle road says:

    Worst Coogan: the series with Bryden stroking each other’s egos in northern hotels.

    oh er, missus!

  24. 24
    Steve Miliband says:

    Don’t understand why ‘celebrities’ announce their politics – it immediately alienates half their fans.

  25. 25

    Coogan: These are my unwavering principles – but I can change them for a fee.

  26. 26

    Coogan’s supposedly fictional “The Trip” revealed him as a damaged, narcissistic fantasist which largely envelopes the weirdy beardies.

    You have to wonder what planet Clegg is on when he is reported to be saying Britain is returning to prosperity next year (Vince must have told him) and boastingthe Lib Dems will not longer be the third party (when actually they are fourth behind UKIP).

    Being in power is too much for the LibDems as their wonderfully idealistic polices are shown as unworkable and impracticable, so it doesn’t matter who their leader is, as their credo flawed. Just look at Oakeshit, failed at Oxford, failed to become an MP for both Labour and the SDP-Libs, now makes a living extracting fat management fees for mediocre performance from charities and rich people while telling us all how to run our money.

  27. 27
    smoggie says:

    It should be enough he is washed.

  28. 28
    nellnewman says:

    No attacks on the biased taxpayer funded beeb then?

  29. 29
    smoggie says:

    And why are they always leftwing? Do not any of them have any backbone?

  30. 30
    Fuck the bbc says:

    A grade a cotho

  31. 31
    Referee says:

    “After all most get paid good money as ‘consultants’ to peddle someone elses’ viewpoint regardless of whether it is for the good of the country or not.”

    Well said. I’ve been seeing last year’s AV referendum flash mob organisers now tarted up in suits and working for Public Affairs companies shamelessly knocking back all the free Chardonnay on offer here at the the LibDem conference, screaming self-importantly into their i-phones.

    It’s quite depressing.

  32. 32
    Referee says:

    “After all most get paid good money as ‘consultants’ to peddle someone elses’ viewpoint regardless of whether it is for the good of the country or not.”

    Well said. I’ve been seeing last year’s AV referendum flash mob organisers now tarted up in suits and working for Public Affairs companies shamelessly knocking back all the free Chardonnay on offer here at the LibDem conference, screaming self-importantly into their i-phones.

    It’s quite depressing.

  33. 33
    smoggie says:

    …rather pull out his own eyeballs than vote Tory ?

    Such unfunny sentiments did wonders for Ben Elton’s career years ago.

  34. 34
    Ruper Murdoch says:

    I quite like this Alan Partridge fellow but who the fuck is Steve Coogan?

  35. 35
    lolathebeautiful says:

    If only. The Muppetts were mildly amusing. Coogan is simply a smug hypocritical c**t.

  36. 36
    Andysdog says:

    So I take it the rest of you have never slagged off your employer then happily taken your wage at the end of the month? Same principle, different scale…

  37. 37
    Grommit says:

    I’d like to spend the time picking that analogy apart but – meh

  38. 38
    i-Socialist says:

    Thats why as a champagne socialist I arrange my financies so that I pay the least amount of tax possible. It makes me braver when I call for more investment in the Public services.

  39. 39

    Is there an echo in here?

  40. 40 says:

    How brave (or stupid) is it to support a party that when in power turned a blind eye when phones were being hacked and Murdoch was being protected by the Labour party?

    Cock-ends like Coogan just can not see that Labour were the party most responsible for the unlimited power of the media, just as Labour were the ones most responsible for the risks taken by the bankers.

    Gordon Brown: “110% mortgages, Mr Goodwin? Sure, why not? What could possibly go wrong?

  41. 41 says:

    I’d rather eat my own eye-balls than vote Labour.

  42. 42
    i-Socialist says:

    If you are employed in the Public Services and you so much as moan about your employers in a public forum, you get sacked.

  43. 43
    Mr Ramsden says:

    Sorry people but a lot of comedians, probably on the left at that, are taking the Rupert shilling because he doesn’t tie them up in PC red tape for years or install middle management ARSES to stuff everything up. Here’s the show. Right here’s your money, let’s broadcast it. Even proven much loved household names now have BBC focus groups and other Oomska to wade through before they can entertain us.

    And the seven figure sum is probably for the whole production not for him personally. There’s still people who loathe David Baddiel for the woeful Baddiel’s Syndrome on Sky after the tabloids said he got £5 million for it. Which is £5 million too much.

  44. 44
    Barry says:

    Steve Coogan, the face you want to smack.

  45. 45
    Big Biscuit says:

    Who is Steve Coogan

  46. 46
    Anonymous says:

    That’s right Grommit. Plus the fact that we are all as unbiased as our principles will allow.

  47. 47
    Anonymous says:

    Come off it Alec;how can he abandon that which he didn’t have in the first place?

  48. 48
    Fog says:

    Are all libdems bonkers? I’m not interested in Coogan’s views. Clegg seems to re ally hate old people. How much do you have to earn to be considered a we althy old person?

  49. 49
    Pauline Cow says:

    “It seemed as if Coogan was playing to the gallery somewhat when he exhorted: “I float between Labour and LibDem.”

    Playing to the gallery indeed, Guido. As recently as last January, when not in front of a Lib Dem audience, Mr Coogan told the Daily Telegraph quite categorically “I support Labour and I would certainly get involved under Miliband”. No mention at all about the Lib Dems.

    A-haaaaaaa!!!! Caught out, one might say.

  50. 50
    itsfewernotless says:

    Imagine the comments for someone who takes the Lebedev shilling.

  51. 51
    Jon says:

    ‘Alan Partridge votes tory’

    But in playing Partridge for the past 15 years, you’ve basically been playing yourself, knobhead…

  52. 52
    Marion the cat says:

    That’s something I have been wondering about for a while, if you think of the truly great comedians they never spoke about politics because, on balance, it would lose them audience. I suspect that for this lot they would rather ensure their diminished share of a partisan following.

    I suspect that makes them either cynical a la Ben Elton or so seriously deluded they think they will alter a punter’s voting intent – see Eddie Izzard.

  53. 53
    Xavier Onassis says:

    Pathetic man. He’s a lousy comedian, certainly doesn’t make ME smile.

  54. 54
    kitler says:

    I’d vote for anyone rather than lose my eyeballs. All governments are useless but my eyes aren’t.

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