May 16th, 2013

Katz’s Top Notch Lefty Credentials

Fair, balanced and impartial Ian Katz will have no trouble fitting in at his new role as Newsnight editor. He is reunited with former Guardian colleague Allegra Stratton and, in Paul Mason, he has an ex-Trotskyist Workers’ Power group member as his Economics Editor. Despite being a neighbour of Boris, Katz certainly has top drawer left-wing credentials. Back in 2004, he was editor of the Guardian’s G2 magazine during their infamous ‘Operation Clark County’ plot to swing the state of Ohio in favour of John Kerry and against George W. Bush. Katz organised thousands of letters written by lefty Britons to be sent to individual voters in Ohio, imploring them to cast their ballot for Kerry. The result was uproar, a near diplomatic incident, and victory for Bush. Slate magazine explained Katz’s humiliation at the time:

“The Guardian editor responsible for the project, Ian Katz, finally wrote a piece on Oct. 21 crying uncle… Katz said he knew all along that the letter-writing project could backfire. So, did it? Almost certainly, yes. In 2000, Al Gore won Clark County by 324 votes. And since Ralph Nader received 1,347 votes, we can assume Gore’s margin would have been larger without Nader on the ballot.

On Tuesday George Bush won Clark County by 1,620 votes.”

Add to that Katz’s support for various barmy climate change schemes, including the exploding children shock campaign 10:10. Throw in his views on the ‘paranoia’ and ‘complicity’ of ‘idiotic’ Israel and you start to get the picture…


  1. 1
    genghiz the kahn says:

    Doesn’t his wife run mumsnet?

  2. 2
    Peter Grimes says:

    Nearly as daft as PollyTwaddle!

  3. 3
    Herman Van Aerial Disease says:

    Lefties have infiltrated every aspect of our bloody lives.. no wonder the country has gone to the dogs..

  4. 4
    The Stilton Eater says:

    Katz sounds a more ambitious version of Mehdi Hasan, a leftist agitator who seems to fail in most of his ventures.

    What chance Newsnight goes wrong in no time?

  5. 5

    Sounds about right then for Newsnight and the BBC!

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    JabbaTheCat says:

    Sounds like he will feel quite at home at AlJaBeeba..

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    Anonymous says:

    Stopped watching Newsshite – can’t stand Mason.

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    Blatantly Biased Corruption says:

    It wouldn’t surprise me.

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    bergen says:

    I’ve long since reached the depressing conclusion that the BBC no longer even pretend to be impartial and relish proclaiming their left wing bias for all to see.

    No doubt having Patten in charge of the Trust gives them a veneer of respectability to their antics. Isn’t he the most useless sack of sh*te in our public life ?

    I’m the mug for still paying the telly tax.

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    genghiz the kahn says:

    Justine Roberts founded Mumsnet and is married to Ian Katz. Funnily old world, can’t post fhe links but Google helped find the information.

  11. 11
    Blatantly Biased Corruption says:

    Another Labour party stooge.

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    Anonymous says:

    The people could put the BBC out of business within 6 months if they had the collective will and guts to act.

    This mindless diffidence to authority and the establishment has got to stop.

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    Dave was stupid to go on leftist mumsnet says:

    Yep mumsnet boss Justine Roberts is the wife of Ian Katz.

    Like all streetwise married lefties they use separate surnames to confuse the public.

  14. 14

    This appointment upholds the values that BBC.
    It will help further develop and holistically incentivise our outreach-rainbow-behind the waterfall-contextual-visionconstruct-digital platform-contextualising withing the frame space-going forward embracing all our umbrella-paradigm-stakeholders.

    Helen Boaden
    Head of utopia digital liberal vision.
    Stepping aside one last time.

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    comp kid says:

    Is he yet another of these typical metropolitan lefties that attended a posh school and Oxbridge?

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    It’s not a TAX!
    The bedroom tax is a tax.

    This is a voluntary lifestyle choice depending on whether you own a television or other digital electronic device capable of receiving a television picture.

  17. 17
    Bluemooner1959 says:

    You guys really need to get a life.

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    Blatantly Biased Corruption says:

    I’ve not paid the BBC a penny in over eight years, it’s simple, just ignoring the goons they send round to knock on your door and ignore the threatening letters. Give them no information at all, don’t contact them, don’t speak to them, don’t sign anything on the door. In a word ‘ignore’.

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    Newsnight is the telly version of the socialist worker says:

    Newsnight is a disgrace to impartial broadcasting. Never slow to balance a person of sound mind with the LGBT, lefty, Pagan view they never balance a person of LGBT, lefty, Pagan view with a person of sound mind.

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    Enuf, enuf says:

    Haven’t these people got a home to go to?

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    Blatantly Biased Corruption says:

    What sort of life would you suggest?

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    Wooooooooof says:

    Katz, gone to the dogs!

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    Ed Miliband says:

    No way, Mason is far too left for us.

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    howsonk says:

    looks like we will get lots of unbiased news from newsnight, what more could we ask for, I take it the job was advertised openly in the guardian news room, I must have missed it in the free press, but I am glad the six figure salary will be going to a hard up household in these tough times

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    Bazinga! says:

    Funny that the BBC happily call the bedroom tax a tax but get uppity if you call the licence fee a tax. Which it is.

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    Blatantly Biased Corruption says:

    It wouldn’t surprise me.

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    broderick crawford says:


    Chinese Girl ‘Recovering’ After Horrific Abuse

    By Mark Stone, China Correspondent | Sky News – 3 hours ago
    An 11-year-old Chinese girl is recovering well in hospital after years of appalling abuse by her father. (Warning: this story contains content some may find distressing.)

    Xiao Li was found walking alone on a street in the town of Shichang in China’s south-western Guizhou Province on May 8.

    She had suffered years of physical abuse by her father. The details of the abuse and her injuries shocked doctors at the hospital where she is being treated.

    “She suffered scalp burns and was bald when police officers brought her in,” Tang Yongtian, the chief of the local health centre told China’s Xinhua news agency.

    Xiao Li had been abused by her father from the age of five. According to confessions her father has reportedly made to police, he has admitted a string of horrendous crimes against his daughter.

    Hospital officials say her mouth had been partially stitched up with fishing cord, her skin had been pierced with sewing needles, she had been forced to kneel on a floor covered with broken glass and her head had been dipped into boiling water.

    “All of the bruises and wounds came from my father’s beatings. He often forbade me (from) meals,” the young girl is quoted as saying.

    Xiao Li has now been transferred to the Zunyi Medical University Hospital where she is responding to treatment.

    Detailed examinations of her body have revealed signs of severe malnutrition which had caused oedema in her feet.

    Xiao Li has told doctors that her head no longer hurts but that her feet ache.

    Her father, named only as Yang has been arrested and is being detained at a local police station.

    According to Li Guanming, the deputy chief of the local legal affairs office, Yang has confessed. Mr Li said that a combination of evidence, testimony from the child and a confession from the father leave no doubt that he is the abuser.

    Neighbours in the village have revealed that they knew about the abuse but felt unable to do anything about it.

    “He beats the girl every two or three days. We criticise him for being so cruel. He growls back ‘none of your business’,” a villager called Tao Wenhui said.

    The child’s mother is understood to have fled the village. She has not yet been found.y

    Xiao Li will receive psychological treatment when she is discharged from hospital.


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    Chinese Girl ‘Recovering’ After Horrific Abuse

  28. 28
    Ivor Ramsbottom says:

    Oh, How convenient……

    That explains her many media (particularly BBC) appearances.

    The Left wing media world is small and cozy.

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    Bazinga! says:

    Guido forgot Kriusty Wart. She’s also a Labour luvvie.

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    Old Tory Bigot says:

    But Polly converts prosecco into piss with much greater efficiency.

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    Will says:

    the best part of the guardian is comment is free, its more like Pravda these days, as articles even guardian readers find poor are attacked and comments closed very shortly after, you have comments deleted as well and end up barred from Cif. the articles them appears to disappear from being commented on. This was true of one in relation to the child abuse of children in oxford

    I sometime think that some articles are written to attract traffic to the site for advertising purposes. The end result seems to be that you see the same names pop up on the comments page.

    The other issue is that the guardian has become very London based, and has forgot most of the country and only appears to have about 2 people in the north of England ie outside the m25.

    Also its asking commentators to send it free stories as well, ie free labour from its contributors so zero pay for them.

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    Observer says:

    Yes, they are only short contract employees of Capita, whom the BBC uses to attempt to collect its subscription. They are paid on commission and have no powers whatsoever.

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    Rodgers and Hart says:

    Lefties like Katz and his posh chums at the Guardian and BBC love the proletariat.
    They just cannot stand the proletarians.

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    Ivor Ramsbottom says:

    I only watch the right winger presenters and editors on Newsnight……

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    Old Tory Bigot says:

    Newsnight’s been ‘wrong’ for fucking years.

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    Old Tory Bigot says:

    Agree. Very close to telly => skip moment at OTB Towers.

  38. 38
    Eleanor Jackson says:

    J*ws should be banned because they may be offensive to muslims.

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    Watcher says:

    Just like the Times. I can only read the first few lines of this article since, of course, I would not think of subscribing when they employ people like this fellow:

    “Unshackle London from the backward shires”…

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    Gonk III says:

    Patten is morphing splendidly into Toad of Toad hall. Toot toot !

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    Will says:

    also lives in a million pound house in Islington as well, I bet in a few years mumsnet will be sold to a larger company for a small fortune.

    mind you mumsnet is said to be really bitchy and and bit like the film “mean girls# if you don’t fit in.

    I see the type of mums on the local common most days doing their exercises and hogging up the local coffee shop with their small children, mind you very interesting that none of them appear to be from ethnic minorities, I bet they cant afford to spend most of the day as thye do not have wealthy husbands to support them

  42. 42
    Lord Stansted says:

    Haven’t you been re-branded as British Brothel Corp?

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    Will the real Honorable Member please stand up says:

    Body snatchers got you Bill?

  44. 44
    Eleanor Jackson says:

    Women should be banned because they may offend muslims.

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    The TV TAX IS a real Tax says:

    In law

    The TV Licence is a tax
    The licence fee is classified as a tax,[6] and evasion is a criminal offence

    The bedroom tax is a reduction in housing benefit because the property rented is too large.

  46. 46
    Remotely Controlled says:

    AH! The Guardian/BBC axis, turds in the toilet bowl of history.

  47. 47
    just asking says:

    Was this job advertised or is it another appointment like that of Tony Hall and James Purnell?

  48. 48
    Old Tory Bigot says:

    Fat Pang is the ultimate quangocrat.

    He makes Jabba the Hut look like Mother Teresa

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    More inbreeding in Isliington than a Welsh Village says:

    Sure is

  50. 50
    Old Tory Bigot says:

    I’m buying into that!

  51. 51
    A beeboid says:

    But the proles simply do not understand economics (as we do) or social justice (as we do) or common sense (as we do), etc., etc.They must be educated – THEY WILL BE EDUCATED!

  52. 52
    ordinary member of the public says:

    He’s worked at the Guardian for over 20 years.
    What the hell does he know about editing a daily TV news programme?

  53. 53
    Lord Stansted says:

    Expect more “stories” about gobal warming aka climate change, along the lines of “scientists warn …..”

  54. 54
    Portfolio says:

    Politically TV viewers are not going to get an impartial view with so many Left Wing People controlling subject and presentation of BBC broadcasts, there must be seen to be a Political Balance. Just how many ” Anti Gay ” people hold positions of power within the Corporation, How many Right Wingers to balance the Communists…. again pro Gay Cameron shows his real colours, it would seem they are as wishy washy and fudged as those of ” Johna Brown ” and that is saying something.

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    Will says:

    no they do not like the proles at all. its just fake, you should see them when they get together to complain about problems with cleaners and nannies etc, the price has gone up and the price of getting someone from eastern Europe has just gone up darling and they do not really stay long etc.

    the best bit is when they complain that they have to say things twice to the new east European girl behind the counter at their local shop as she does not understand them.

    its quite an eyeopener if you live in nappy valley

  56. 56
    Steely Dan says:

    While the brain’s away

    The Katz will play

  57. 57
    BBC Newd Editor says:

    That is too technical to broadcast.

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    When are we getting a select comittee into house flipping says:

    Grandstander in Chief Hodge the Dodge on the ropes on Sky News.

  59. 59
    Anonymous says:

    BBC news at 1 seem to think he’ll solve all Newsnight’s problems – after they had to apologise to Help for Heroes for getting things entirely and absolutely wrong (report was obviously vague). Not looking good is it.

  60. 60
    Old Tory Bigot says:

    If you start listing them you’ll never stop.

    The BBC is institutionally leftist. Almost Marxist.

    Why Dave hasn’t taken the opportunity to reign them in is baffling. Unless the cupboards in the darkest corner of Broadcasting House have several skeletons he’d prefer to remain undisturbed.

  61. 61
    Jimmy Savile says:

    They would have ask me to do the job had I been still with you all.

  62. 62
    Eric Arthur Blair says:

    Yeah. Minitrue and all that.

    Didn’t take the hint did you.

  63. 63
    Snodgrass says:

    What’s that got to do with the price of fish?

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    Reconstruct says:

    So a move from a very minor leftwing paper with a circulation nudging 200k and falling to a very minor BBC program with a circulation nudging 200k and falling. Probably the very same set of drooling left-wing creeps, too. Seriously, what sort of cretin watches Newsnight?

  65. 65
    Eleanor Jackson again says:

    Girls can’t be educated because it may offend muslims.

  66. 66
    The Coalition in turmoil and Miliband still can't get more than a 3 point lead in the polls says:

    The BBC are at a loss(despite their best efforts to show the Coalition in a bad a light as possible) to understand why our favoured party of government…the Labour Party….is failing to get support of the electorate….

  67. 67
    Lord Stansted says:

    The BBC should be forever reminded of their pro-Hitler stance before 1939. Oh, and how they loved Savile, Hall, etc. Excellent judegements.

  68. 68
    William Thomas Wright Blocky Jackson says:

    Black Pudding should be force fed to Muslims

  69. 69
    Francis Urqhuat the best Prime Minister since Thatcher says:

    You may think so…BUT I couldn’t possible comment.

  70. 70

    Presumably Katz will have a mezuzah attached to his door frame at the BBC. It is the least they could do. Hope they remember to slant it the right way.

  71. 71
    Woodward and Bernstein says:

    It used to be required viewing in our house.
    Along with Question Time.
    And listening to R4 Today.

    But we all got fed up with the shoddy journalism and ridiculous bias.
    So we stopped bothering.

  72. 72
    Faggots n Peas is a Midlands Regional Dish says:

    There should be a law against “Black Pudding” being served anywhere south of Manchester(period)

  73. 73
    Lord Stansted says:

    Don’t worry – he’ll fit in with the rest of the staff nicely..

  74. 74
    just a thought says:

    That’s because they live in this incestuous BBC/ Guardian bubble and not the real world.

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    Curly wonders says:

    Was his job advertised? If so where and how many applicant were called for interview?

  76. 76
    Helen Boaden says:

    All while squaring the cost benefit circle

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    Institutional leftism says:


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    Help for Heroes supporter. says:

    I watched this report last year with total disbelief.
    Newsnight has lost any credibility it may once have had.

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    HR says:

    more of a “mindset” fit rather than a “skill-set” fit, I should imagine

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    Eric Arthur Blair says:

    Oh God tell me about it.

    I posted on CiF for years but then their ‘moderation policy’ seemed to change from mere left-wing bias to ‘destroy all non-Guardian thoughts’.

    I was eventually banned for a trivial something or other that didn’t fit the acceptable Guardian meme set.

    I though about rejoining with another moniker but then though “fuck ‘em”.

    The let the most insanely-blinkered lefties spout their bile with impunity but woe betide you if you say anything the unaccountable moderators might bridle at.

    The ‘memory hole’ at Kings Place is so enormous I fear it might one day turn into a black hole and swallow all truth in the universe.

    Tip Tip for Ciffers: Get banned today by mentioning that the precocious miss Bella is Rusbridger’s daughter and that nepotism is rife at Guardian Towers.

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    They can even tell what TV station you're watching(IF you believe that) says:

    Whatever happened to “TV Detector Vans ” ? The BBC ‘s biggest scam

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    Pay your TV Tax or we'll send the goon round says:

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    Labour party ruling says:

    We’ll ban this racist sausage when re-elected.

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    No comment says:

    Being banned from CiF was my finest hour. I’d written something entirely reasonable (that gangsta rap was a bad influence on the young – simply that, no racist overtones) and they put me on pre-moderation. Haven’t bothered with it since.

    Conclusive proof that the Graun is run by paranoid lefties.

  85. 85
    Curly says:

    FFS – send her across to the Grainiud asap. She should in any case have been sacked over certain recent scandals at her place of work about which she did nothing (other than organise a conference of global warmists with intent to deceive her audience).

  86. 86
    Lord Stansted says:

    Actually, the Times is wonderful these days. All you have to do is to read the few dozen words about an article, before the paywall, in oder to realise the article is crap anyway – and go elsewhere. Great idea, this paywall.

  87. 87
    Portfolio says:

    Could restructure of the BBC Political and European Bias, be a vote winner? UKIP take note.
    Polish is the UK’s second most spoken language but when do you ever see any Polish representation of Culture or Country in BBC programing…

  88. 88
    Janan Ganesh Fan says:

    Yet again the BBC hire a leftist stooge, so biased he even takes part in political campaigns.

    Where’s the balance, when was the last time they hired someone from the Telegraph?

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    Curly says:

    Katz is not an English surname. Whence does he hail?

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    Gonk III says:

    Progressive .. Count me in.

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    shameful bunch of shysters says:

    So will the BBC pay compensation to Help for Heroes?
    Or is the organisation skint ferrying all their presenters to and from Salford daily?

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    Old Father Time says:

    I can’t remember when Newsnight had any credibility. Before my time I’m afraid.

  93. 93
    Old Blue Eyes says:

    Doesn’t bother me. I stopped watching the BBC TV for anything other than sport and text for the stock market (with sound off) for a long time.

  94. 94
    Pay your TV Tax or we'll send the goons round! says:

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    Lord Stansted says:

    I got banned by questioning their accepted line on climate change! And I never mentioned the wonderful Bella.

  96. 96
    Nigel says:

    it’s good to get some left wing balance in our fervent, right wing media.

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    The Lying Corporation says:

    Nothing of course.

    We’re talking about the BBC here, a taxpayer funded, left wing propagandist organisation, not a serious news operation.

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    the stench of hypocrisy says:

    He attended University College School- a very posh private boys school in
    Hampstead no less.
    Should feel very much at home with his fellow left-wing hypocrites at the BBC.

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    The left are nobs says:

    Now we will have increased left wing reporting and more bias and frankly carp bias reporting on so called man made global warming, sorry climate change.
    If these dip sticks do not understand that our planet is always in a state of climate and weather change mainly due to the Sun, they are just plain thick. It’s the tax money the bastards want, more ways to skin us of our money.

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    The English master says:

    “The internal investigation into the report by former Bureau of Investigative Journalism chief reporter Angus Stickler found that there was no evidence to back Newsnight’s claim about Help for Heroes.”


    I don’t think you intend to say that. I think some punctuation is required.

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    Pay your TV Tax or we'll send the goons round! says:

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    Biased Broadcasting Corporation says:

    The BBC is a disgrace, totally biased and full of pro EU Labour party stooges.

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    It Can Now Be Revealed! says:

    Mr Katz’s effort to influence the election in Clark County, Ohio, and its producing the exact opposite effect– Dubya winning, by approximately the same margin he lost by, four years earlier, if you add in Nader’s count– may be explained by the fact that the administrative centre of the county of Clark is Springfield, and by the efforts of one British ex-pat in rallying the troops against his former homeland:

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    Will says:

    the best way to get banned is to ask how many staff from ethnic minorities do they
    employ apart from the cleaners and security staff, also how many interns are working for free at the guardian.

    Also how many family members are employed at the guardian. I think in some cases it has got to a point that I think unless you are related to a member of staff or went to Oxbridge you have no chance of a job at the paper.

    Mind you it was interesting that the guardian did not back monbiot when it came to his claim about lord alpine, they decided not to back him, so he has agreed to pay up and do some community service rather than go to court.

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    BBC Clarity Department says:

    The full list of applicants ( by private invitation ) were as follows,

    1: Ian Katz.

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    No comment says:

    Mr Blair, spot on. It’s astonishing how much bile the lefties are allowed to spew at named individuals – Gove, Clegg, Cameron, Farage etc – yet one strong word directed at their own luvvies will almost guarantee deletion.

    It’s how the Left operate. Twist your words, cry racist / homophobe / xenophobe, crush all dissent.

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    Old Father Time says:

    Well if they do remember it’s OUR MONEY

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    H Boaden says:

    I couldn’t attend as I was ‘on the rag’

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    TomO says:

    He’s a real charmer isn’t he? – value for money on every level – the BBC is a wonderful institution.

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    Old Tory Bigot says:

    I actually feel sorry for the TV license bloke. It must be a really shit job and he looks like an amiable sort of chap who’d rather be playing golf.

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    life in the real world says:

    So his appointment and desperate attempt to increase Newsnights appalling viewing figures will have the opposite effect and make them plummet even further.
    Soon the only people watching the BBC will be those who work for the organisation and the Guardian.

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    Snodgrass says:

    Anyone else noticed how dissenting voices have drifted away from CiF since they introduced their appalling threaded layout? It was so badly designed that you now have to download an application running on Firefox to make any sense of it.

    Only the mad jackals of the Left remain plus a few diehard moderates who refuse to be beaten by it.

    Another nail in the Grauniad coffin…

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    From Wiki says:

    Dishonest to the core, ideal for the BBC.

    Clark County

    In August 2004, for the US presidential election, the daily G2 supplement launched an experimental letter-writing campaign in Clark County, Ohio, an average-sized county in a swing state.

    G2 editor Ian Katz bought a voter list from the county for $25 and asked readers to write to people listed as undecided in the election, giving them an impression of the international view and the importance of voting against US President George W. Bush.

    The paper scrapped “Operation Clark County” on 21 October 2004 after first publishing a column of responses – nearly all of them outraged – to the campaign under the headline “Dear Limey assholes”.

    The public backlash against the campaign likely contributed to Bush’s victory in Clark County

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    Guardian Insider says:

    There is no official job for CiF moderators. Certain individuals take turns. These can sometimes be the very same individuals that post above the line.

    They bring their massive intellects (equally massive predjudices) to bear on the ‘inappropriate’. Vanquishing the ‘incorrect’ posters and sending their foul attitudes and opinions into the every-expanding maw of the Memory Hole.

    Rumor has it that Bella is on an enormous salary but that she can’t write anything worth a damn over 200 words and some even say she can barely read.

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    Will says:

    trying to say that gansta rap and the fact that it lyrics from some rap artistes are racist or anti women gets you banned, also questioning the N word as well (as its ironic innit). It makes them sound like the class swot who wants to hang with the cool kids but no matter how hard they try they will not manage it.

    The best article about this was how the police were being racist on clamping down on such gigs, this despite that at one rap gig a man had been shot and another stabbed, so was racist to have precautions in place.

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    oh dear says:

    The same Angus Stickler behind the false Newsnight story about McAlpine??
    BBC journalism really has become a laughing stock.

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    Guardian Insider says:

    There are a few stallwarts left but they tend to pick their battles.

    I have never understood the cartoon threads though.

    The most unfunny (Bell) and outright obsessive creepiness (Rowson) only attracts comments of unremittingly servile adoring comments.

    The rebels tend to stay away from the cartoon threads.

    I knew Steve Bell when he was funny.

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    Will says:

    background to alan rusberger

    He was educated at Cranleigh School, a boys’ independent school in Cranleigh, Surrey, and at Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he read English

    In 1982, he married the educationalist Lindsay Mackie, who was educated at the private St Leonards School, in St Andrews, Fife. They have two daughters (born 1983 and May 1986), one of whom was briefly educated at the independent St Paul’s Girls’ School in London. In 2009 it was reported that one of his daughters, Isabella, had been working at The Guardian, but had been using her mother’s surname as a nom de plume to avoid suspicion of having obtained the job through nepotism.His wife is good friends with Tessa Jowell, whom she knew at the University of Edinburgh, and he is good friends with her estranged husband, David Mills. They both own cottages near the same Gloucestershire village.

    it nice to see how the guardian values identifies with the rest of the population with less than 10% educated privately.

  121. 121
    Guardian Insider says:

    “This is for training purposes”

    Ha ha! Top man!

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    Newsnight investigation says:

    Only the rich can afford fish thanks to the evil Tories.

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    Cleo says:

    Bell has disappeared up his own arsehole.
    That’s the risk when you work for the Guardian or BBC.

  124. 124
    Privatise Al-Jabeeba says:

    BBC / Guardian – the Axis of Evil

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    Labour are not nice says:

    The left pegs of the BBC bosses must be really under pressure having to support all the weight of the new input to the top from the lefties of the world. It must be made worse as most normal people have their wallets in their left pockets, and BBC managers wallets are stuffed full to overflowing… sorry, got that wrong we, the plebs, are stuffed by BBC left whinge money grabbers.

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    Reconstruct says:

    Yes. I find that not listening to the Today programme is probably the easiest way of improving one’s day. And indeed, one’s life.

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    BBC are buggered says:

    The words BBC and wonderful create a rage in me that is beyond the pail…I need the pail to be sic into.

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    Old Toy Bigot says:

    The ‘envy of the world’ is it not?

    Is it fuck!

  129. 129
    Snodgrass says:

    Gotta say Rowson is an exceptionally good cartoonist. Macabre, yes, but brilliant technically and conceptually. Bell is lame by comparison.

    And yes, all the hard Lefties congregate under their cartoons because they are so unremittingly cruel. A perfect pairing of cruel with nasty.

  130. 130
    anon says:

    Two turds from the same backside.

  131. 131
    The Real Biased Broadcasting Corporation says:


  132. 132
    Jeffrey Bernard says:

    When are they going to get someone with some experience of real life …

  133. 133
    Anonymous says:

    Rubbish, the last government had to have it re-classified as the tax it is years ago , at the same time as having the bbc classified as a central government body.

  134. 134
    Haribo Halfwit says:

    Christopher Hitchens’ take on her is worth exploring. Drugs to treat leprosy have been dispensed for free by the World Health Organisation since 1995 (and cost pennies, even before then).

  135. 135
    Anonymous says:

    Fantastic news! Congrats to Katz.

    Let’s hope Ian can arrange more Beeb gigs for Laurie Penny. She’s could use a new MacBook.

  136. 136
    Metropolitan leftie says:

    Rich parents,Public school, Oxbridge, Islington, BBC, Guardian or both.
    How more real do you want?

  137. 137
    Captain Foulenough says:

    The Times gives us opportunities at every stage to find out what Caitlin Moron thinks about everything.

    Spoiler – What Caitlin Moron thinks about everything is that Labour are wonderful.

  138. 138
    Korky the Cat says:

    You’re better off reading the Beano these days rather than the Guardian.
    The disbelief doesn’t kick in nearly so fast with the Beano.

  139. 139
    Eddie Alleyn says:

    So all the pieces are falling into place nicely in the BBC’s current affairs/political department – should ensure there is fair coverage in the lead up to the forthcoming Euro and general elections.

  140. 140
    les says:

    Yes, they all seem to be connected and have a ‘Common Purpose’ !!

  141. 141
    Eeyore says:

    BBC: bent on destruction of British values. Mad lefties run the news and a Muslim as head of religious broadcasting.

  142. 142
    Rob says:

    Fucking hilarious. Only the Guardian could think that was going to be anything other than a complete clusterfuck. They really all do see themselves as enlightened beings whose destiny is to change the world.

  143. 143
    Rob says:

    More like a fucking hatchet job. Left-wing c*nts smearing a charity which helps wounded British service personnel. What is British about the BBC? Really, what is?

  144. 144
    Polly Kettle-Onn says:

    It is fun though to watch or listen to Al-beeb’s lefty output and spot the anti-western words and phrases slipped in to reports. The other day a BBC reporter covering that Bangladesh garment factory collapse told us the place made “clothes for the west.”

    You could imagine the curled lips of the disgusted leftoids at such news. Of course, they would be thinking in their usual limited way, the place wouldn’t have fallen down if they were making clothes for their own people.

    Sadly Al-beeb sees the people who watch and listen (and pay their wages) as idiots who need to be continually ‘re-educated’ and fed socialist propaganda. Just reporting the news these days is never enough.

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