February 15th, 2013

Mehdi’s Masterclass in Hypocrisy

Seemingly the entire lefty commentariat has been up in arms this morning over the Sun’s decision to run bikini photos of Reeva Steenkamp. HuffPo’s Mehdi Hasan joined in the faux outrage, re-tweeting red-top criticism:


Move over to Mehdi’s own HuffPo website, where surely the progressives would be covering the story sensitively with unrivalled tact and class, the headline is “Reeva Steenkamp, Girlfriend Of Oscar Pistorius, Was An FHM Cover Girl And Rising Star”, HuffPo headlined their profile of the alleged murder victim, followed by – that’s right – a slideshow of bikini shots under the banner “Who was Reeva Steenkamp?” 34 pictures is taking the Pistorius…

UPDATE: Iain Dale, publisher of Mehdi’s biography of Ed Miliband, has written a coruscating blog post about Mehdi’s Huff Po:

Since Chris Wimpress left any pretence at any form of balanced political coverage seems to have gone out the window. Mehdi Hasan, love him dearly as I do, has free reign to rampage with his interesting, but deeply unbalanced opinions. There is little counterbalance to his views at all apart from puff pieces from party politicians which no one apparently bothers to read. Mehdi’s latest article ‘On Iraq, the Hawks Were Wrong About Everything’ is a good example of the pieces he writes on HuffPo. Everyone else is wrong about everything. Mehdi is right about everything. Things aren’t generally as black and white as that.


  1. 1
    Rupert says:

    Come round tonight Guido and polish my helmet will you

  2. 2
    Does teabagging count? says:

    “free reign”? Oh dear.

  3. 3
    les says:

    Hasan is highly excitable and unbalanced – it’s a very lefty lefty thing!

  4. 4
    Gay Blade from Sheffield says:

    Who is Reeva Steenkamp?

  5. 5
    From the Bijou Office of Mehdi Hasan says:

    You are all wrong, and I as usual am correct.

    You are all horses

  6. 6
    Gordin Brown says:

    is there any accurate way I can measure the weight of my head?

  7. 7
    Uncle Guido says:

    Sho’ thing, massa Murdoch.

  8. 8
    SpAd says:

    Chris Bryant and Suzanne Moore profess to be offended by something! Hold the front page!

  9. 9
    A Physics Master says:

    Stick it in a bucket of water, hold it there for 15 minutes, get Sarah to measure the weight of the water displaced.

  10. 10
    'Sir' Bruce Forsyth says:

    I’d marry it.

  11. 11

    I like women too

  12. 12
    Anonymous says:

    I have just read the latest about Oscar Pistorius court appearance,in South Africa. “Innocent until” etc, but he seems to be being treated like the victim, and there is a BAIL application on tuesday. i mean she was shot 4 times !

  13. 13
    Gonk III says:

    From the HuffPo spokesman..’Hasan, oh him, that part time bloke you mean.
    haven’t read it, what’s he been saying ‘

  14. 14
    Welcome to sunny Antarctic says:

    Interesting “In Our Time” last night. Melvyn Bragg looked at Ice ages.

    We are in an Ice age (or rather in the process of leaving it) and these ice ages are not to be confused with glacial events. Seems that the norm for the earth is to have no ice at the poles and as we leave this ice age that is what will happen no matter how much the politicians tax us. Only takes 10,000 years to leave an ice age and hundreds of thousands to enter one.

    Stick that in your Windmill Dave.

  15. 15
    Anonymous says:

    Im offended by Chris Bryants picture that he posted on line in dirty “Y” fronts on that gay dating website, its seared in to my memory.How he can take the high moral ground is a mystery !

  16. 16
    Yew Fat Tuat says:

    Who is Mehdi?

  17. 17
    SleeplessInKirkaldy says:

    After 15 minutes you would be dead. The head could then be cut off and weighed, which would give a definitive answer.

  18. 18
    Faux Gauche are the new Fake Left. says:

    Tell you what if that had been a Tory MP tweeting that, then the lefties would be wailing and gnashing their teeth and tearing their garments off in the streets.

  19. 19

    And the wedding would be “World War Z” themed, Brucie?

  20. 20
    Tim Yeo says:

    10,000 years you say.


  21. 21

    He likes taking it up the moral high ground, apparently.

  22. 22
  23. 23
    Mrsshitrit says:

    Does anyone recall his comments on abortion (against it) his views on porn (Against it) his views on Iran nuclear problem ( not a problem) everything as a matter of fact in a rather Islamic mon believer style mass hypocrisy over twitter years. I am just taken aback when he was appointed at the Huff post with all its liberal lefty attitude news pro Feminist attitudes yet his views go against their output. Nothing that comes out that mans mouth is worth listening to -media orgs use him for political comment

  24. 24
    Scientist says:

    You could burn the head, measure the energy produced, and weight the ashes

    Just to be on the safe side

  25. 25
    Mehdi Hasan says:

    I will be taking French nationality and henceforth will be known as Merde Hasan.

  26. 26
    Anonymous says:

    The NHS whistle-blower that was silenced is a good example of the UK public sector corruption.

    From one whose possessions were threatened and forced to comply with life threatening demands I can believe him entirely. It is just impossible to fight them alone. The courts were simply corrupt. To have your life threatened by a Judge, and ridiculed, is just simply not civilized. We live in a barbaric time when no challenge can be made to government corruption. No one believes when the managers/directors threaten individuals. The NHS whistle-blower did the right thing and waited until the mood of the public changed and has now spoken out. He needs your support.

    But then what I predicted also came true. People died. It is what happens when a corrupt organization can not be challenged. They get worse and worse until they justify killing. In our case we have a clear written statement that deaths are acceptable.

  27. 27
    beast says:

    The perils of alcohol
    Oscar was probably legless when he shot her

  28. 28
    Terrible But True says:

    Oh dear.

    Bit of a screech in the BBC ‘gob of the day’ commissioning dept. again as they have to pop the person who speaks for the nation slot on the back burner for another bit of blowing over and moving on.

    No worries. If Polly is free and not up to her neck in multiple standards too, simply… Release the Prescott!

  29. 29
    Polly Toynbee says:

    Darling the BBC cannot afford my £2,750 fee more than 25 times a week

  30. 30

    He’s a well educated and erudite Barrister. Sadly, in my opinion, he is also a greasy little cu.nt who is heading for his own political Waterloo, dressed as Napoleon.

    Fetch some popcorn!

  31. 31
  32. 32
    Vox Pops says:

    As a matter of interest. Who outside of Westminster and Lefty hotspots reads the Huff Po and ustaaz Hasan?

  33. 33

    Token minority. Makes them look “cool” and “with it”….. “man”!

  34. 34
    Polly Twats a joke says:

  35. 35
    Paniagua says:

    Should that not be

    Toynbee Road leading to economic collapse?

  36. 36
    Anonymous says:

    Aye, all sounds like some gay bitchfest to me.

  37. 37

    VERY poor taste – please find my new subscription enclosed. Keep up the good work!!

  38. 38

    New from the Co-Op.

    “Does your busy, progressive, lifestyle leave you short of time? Need to grab something between a protest at the US Embassy and a save the penguins sit in?

    Why not try NEW READY-MEHDI

    Ready-Mehdi‘s range of half baked, crumbly lefty ideology, is the perfect soundbite for the activist of today! No need to think for yourself! Just pop Ready-Mehdi into the microwave and receive a slice of ill thought out opinion served with an indulgent, faux foaming sauce, and 100% Horseshit!”

    *Note. Some of these opinions have been reheated. Some have been exposed to external scrutiny and may have gone off. Please check the label for the Common Purpose seal of approval.
    Consume opinion within 70 years of 1917 or they will have been proved to be long out of date.

    Best served between the ages of 16 and 25.

    Ready to spout.

  39. 39
    Anonymous says:

    Some of us remember the “scientific threats” before CC and GW. It was the threat of an ice age.

    The ideas was that it take only takes 1 year to become an ice age. The year was the one where the ice does not completely melt in the summer. The next year then adds to the thickness. The reflective nature of the snow provided positive feedback. Once into an ice age it takes an severe event to get out. It seems the thoughts have changed now.

    But then that is all they are: thoughts. Something to manipulate the public with.

  40. 40
    ████ ' changed my tune' Hoon says:

    It’s LibDem country. Follow the yellow prick road.

  41. 41
    Paniagua says:

    * Actual opinion may vary dependant upon prevailing wind.

    Note: Opinions are not valid when receiving salary

  42. 42
    Anonymous says:

    Fancy naming the street before she gets run over by a bus.

  43. 43
    Friends Of Dorothy says:

    Vote Lib Dem

  44. 44
    Paniagua says:

    oops meant to be reply to 39 !

  45. 45
    Joss Ayinglike says:

    Hahaha ! Love it.

  46. 46
    Joe Swanson says:

    Pistorius will go for the mistaken identity defence as it was very dark and he couldn’t see two feet in front of him.

  47. 47

    Leading to Laburnum Grove… that’s very spooky! Wiki entry for “Laburnum”:

    All parts of the plant (Journalist?) are poisonous, and can be lethal if consumed in excess. Symptoms of laburnum (Toynbee) poisoning may include intense sleepiness, vomiting, convulsive movements, coma, slight frothing at the mouth and unequally dilated pupils. In some cases, diarrhea is very severe, and at times the convulsions are markedly tetanic. The main toxin in the plant is cytisine, a nicotinic receptor agonist. It is used as a food plant by the larvae of some Lepidoptera (butterfly socialists) species, including the buff-tip (or Champagne lefties).

    How accurate is THAT!

  48. 48
    Fluffy Thoughts says:

    Guido, should you not be following this story?

    Why is there so little about the Finmeccanica scandal in the UK press. Surely there is a UK interest about the fate of Westlands and how a former Labour Defence-Minister has become involved?


    At the heart of the scandal are allegations that Finmeccanica paid 51 million euros in bribes to Indian contacts to secure the latest contract against competition from French, US and Russian competitors….

    The importance of the Indian market for AgustaWestland was underlined six days ago by the company’s Managing Director for International Business, former British Defence Minister Geoff Hoon.

    Or has it been ‘D’-noticed…?

  49. 49
    Plato says:

    Her being shot 4 times makes him guilty??

  50. 50
    James says:

    Daddy wants a backrub, get on over there Guido please he’s feeling his age

  51. 51

    Has anyone noticed that you never see Polly and Justin Haywood in the same room together…..?


    Can Polly do “Nights With White Cretins” ?

  52. 52
    Gonk III says:

    ‘Do come Polly, please do. And after, we’ll lunch. It mostly be the media but I’m afraid we might get a few locals, screeching mostly about what they want.
    I’m sure you know John, he’s from London too.’

  53. 53
    James says:


  54. 54
    Paniagua says:

    Did you manage to dispose of Rebekahs horse James?

  55. 55

    I was with some Finmeccanica execs a few days ago.

    “no story..all above board..misunderstanding.Press has not got all the facts.”

    I wasn’t convinced.

  56. 56
    Coming Soon says:

    Blade Gunner: The Oscar Pistolius Story

    Shooting starts soon.

  57. 57
    James says:

    Yes, we gave it back to the Police it was tainted with pork

  58. 58

    Nice one Bill – good to read you again!

  59. 59
    Sir Trev Skint MP says:

    Pure class Bill.

  60. 60
    Rip van Wrinkle says:

    “Things aren’t generally as black and white as that.”


  61. 61
    Bugler Bert says:

    Hypocrisy…….AKA the Liebore Front Bench are a good example [as on St V’s of all days] Millibandit puts the knife in the back of his former boss – the one and only Prime Mentalist – and as for Ballsache, words fail me……..

  62. 62
  63. 63
    Curly says:

    .. and demanding the immediate close-down of the vehicle of communication.

  64. 64
    Exporter says:

    It was under Labour’s disastrous regime that ‘ethical’ foreign trading rules were introduced which meant that UK international sales people had to negotiate with one hand tied behind their back compared to all their competitors. Of course the current left wing regime has left these rules unaltered.

  65. 65
    Curly says:

    You forgot self-seeking etc, but I think you got the ‘rude’ bit right with e’rude’ite

  66. 66
    InstantKarmaNow says:

    Well she is dead. She has shot her four times. History of Domestic Violence Shot through a door .Neighbour’s heard shouting domestic. His Gun. Aggressive Reputation.Charged with murder. Public interest realistic prospect of a conviction Innocent at this time BUT Charged.Your comment -what do you think. Innocent?

  67. 67
    Curly says:

    Yup, that was Tony Benn and his mates in 1975 declaring we would all be under 50 feet of snow come 2000 – which must explain why his party shut down most of the coal mines.

  68. 68
    Curly says:

    He is becoming quite practised at it now – back-stabbing that is

  69. 69
    Riggsy Brown says:

    Iain Dale’s right on target. Mehdi has become a shouty, predictable, solipsistic Julie Burchill manqué. Ignore him.

    Meanwhile, anyone see Galloway on QT last night? What happened to Gorgeous George? So seedy and decrepit looking. That Beatle/Nehru jacket with large pewter-type buttons does him no favours. And not launching into personal attacks on those who take an opposing view. It was his stock in trade!

  70. 70
    Casual Observer says:

    Innocent until proven guilty.

    However, in South Africa, the justice system these days is not what it used to be, and that does not mean it has improved.

    South Africa is quite violent as well.

    The forensics are still being gathered. The charge at present is likely procedural, and also being placed in custody puts Pistorius in a place of safety. At this stage there only appears to be circumstantial and hearsay evidence. No one saw the person who pulled the trigger or what was going on in the home at the time.

    Time will tell.

  71. 71
    PC Dixon says:

    how does a hypocritical prat like Mehdi get any work?- Cos he’s a bigoted lefty – Obviously

  72. 72
    Residing in 96.99% white Merseyside says:

    Aren’t the French animal like kuffar too?

  73. 73
    Department of Weights and Measures says:

    Head in the bucket then cut off: Water may be absorbed into the cranial cavities which could affect results.

    Burn the head: Would not work as one would have to assume a uniform density of material which releases a uniform amount of energy when burned.

    Best method: Lay flat on a see-saw balanced. Tip head toward chest. Move until see-saw re-balanced. Distance moved will allow mass of head to be calculated as % of total body weight.

    Mehdi case: Cut off the head, and start reading a proper publication.

  74. 74
    Point of Information says:

    He was counsel as well for both Richmond and Islington councils.

  75. 75
    Point of Information says:

    He was kicked out of the New Statesman, which is how he got to Po.

  76. 76
    the savant10.4 highway patrol says:

    Er …. yeeees . If it was him who shot her with malice aforethought .

    But this is currently a sub judice matter so I may get a visit from BOSS and their Steve Biko electric clamps if I say too much

  77. 77
    the savant10.4 highway patrol says:

    Where’s Owen Jones tweet of the pro Mehdi / anti bikini bile .

    Conspicuous by its absence I think

    Silence deafening.

  78. 78
    fitz fitz says:

    … no wonder GB’s share of 3rd world business decreases month by month … it was never a leftist priority that business should prosper of course, they succeeded in damage beyond their dreams …

  79. 79
    Jayne says:

    ah the Sun the paper written by tits, about tits for tits.

  80. 80
    Mark Wouters says:

    The Tories will stay in economic depression for ever HA HA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  81. 81
    me says:

    Has anyone else noticed that Reeva Steenkamp’s belly-botton looks like a vagina? I guess it is just me.

  82. 82
    me says:

    I looked up “belly button plastic surgery” because I have never ever seen such a thing in nature. But perhaps it was a happy accident.

    Poor girl. Born with such a deformity – and then now what’s happened to her!

  83. 83
    me says:


    Do you know how to get the shit off of the left hand side of any blog page you happen to fall onto? A screen comes up with shit like:


    Can’t click off of it, can’t click on it. It sits right on top of the shit that you are trying to read.

    It is ruining my online experience. I think it has something to do with the evil Bill Gates. Your blog doesn’t seem to be too troubled by it, but you keep pointing me to inferior blogs which are.

    In the interest of the industry, fixing the country, and fixing the future, you may want to do something about it. Fix all things, Guido, or be remembered as an also-ran.

  84. 84
    Anonymous says:

    Bill’s comment has to be one of the best I have ever seen. Prize-winning!

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