December 10th, 2013

Guardian Rewrites Mugabe Crowd Reaction

Robert Mugabe turned up to the Mandela memorial this morning. Here is how some trusted news sources reported the reaction of the crowds:

And here is how the Guardian reported it:

“Facts are sacred”…


  1. 1
    Nonny Mouse says:

    Mandela’s Memorial Service is utterly dire. SA apparently loved Mandela, but just not quite enough to sit in the rain for a little bit for him – stadium half empty! Those there, including the dignitaries and celebrities, variously chanting, booing, or talking amongst themselves and paying no attention to the official speeches. No solemnity, dignity or respect at all. They have no idea how to behave.

    • 5
      Agreed says:

      The cheer for Winnie wasn’t much at all, but the one for the guy they thought was the Pope was massive. I can’t seem to find this on the BBC..??

    • 7
      stuart rose says:


    • 51
      Airey Belvoir says:

      Rather sinister that, just as the BBC local man was about to explain to Alagiah about President Zuma’s corrupt use of millions to build his palace, the screen suddenly went black, as if a plug had suddenly been pulled. Insuspect that is exactly what happened.

      • 73
        Don't pay the TV tax says:

        Bit worried that in your introduction at the top of this article you seem to be suggesting that the BBC is a “trusted news source” Mr Fawkes. Surely not!

      • 74
        Anonymous says:

        Odd that the BBC had queues of people invited on to say how terrible Thatcher was “in the interests of balance”

        Where is the balanced reporting for the former terrorist Mandela?

      • 180
        FUEUSSR says:

        used to happen a lot with Blair in the early part of his reign digital signal would be scrambled.
        Niki Campbell with a phone in some years ago with Bliar had a lady from the campaign for an English Parliament, she got half way through her question before the Stasi at the BBC cut her off.
        Some democracy.

      • 187
        Charityworker says:

        That Jacob Zuma reminds me of old Gordon Brownite. He was going to “Make Poverty History” as well!

        After they’ve taken their ***. (guess).

    • 66
      Funambulist says:

      Is the Great Man lying in state in an open coffin as Communist tradition demands? Will Jack Dromey get a chance to pay his respects in private?

      • 93
        Only chavs shop at Tesco says:

        The Biased Broadcasting Conspiracy wants us all to rewrite history and accept murdering Mandela as a modern saint. Meanwhile, a brave soldier with years of combat experience is sent to prison for ten years for cracking under the pressure of recently seeing several of his comrades killed. There are no words to express how far this pathetic farago of a country has sunk.

        • 118
          P l e b says:

          See McGuinness & Adams for your answer

        • 155
          Sunderland is a Labour ghetto thats why its shyte says:

          How right you are.and sadly there is no way back thank God I have probably got only 10 to fifteen years left.

        • 164
          Chris Patten says:

          The BBC can be rightly proud of its stand to impatially present any left wing liberal view as fact and I fully support this. The squeals of Thaterite toadies surely prove we are correct.

          • Non taxable pikey says:

            BBC impartiality this morning. They reported the flooding in the Gaza Strip, and how the people were suffering. They did not mention that Israel had provided water pumps, power generators, medical assistance and humanitarian aid. Now there’s a surprise.

        • 193
          former Tory voter now UKIP says:

          +23 million

      • 188
        Nightwatcher says:

        Red-Ed wanted to fly out for the Jolly, but he was in conflab with Balls.
        Such a nuisance.

    • 114
      I hate socialists. says:

      What a pathetic turnout for a dead terrorist.

    • 191
      Richard says:

      It was a shambles. The BBC kept on about “The Rainbow Nation” but there were hardly any white people at the ceremony nor on the streets when the coffin passed. I give South Africa ten years before it turns into yet another African kleptarchy!

      • 192
        In media res says:

        It’s already a kleptocracy, but as Adam Smith noted, there’s a great deal of ruin in a nation. And South Africa was a wealthy place and so has a few years to run.
        But Mandela’s legacy of one party corruption pretty much ensures the outcome.

  2. 2
    Fog says:

    The crowd are not listening to the speeches. They appear to be jumping up and down and chanting.

  3. 3
    Rob says:

    In work so sadly missing this. In years to come, people will ask “where were you during Mandela’s memorial service?” And I will answer “Who cares?”

  4. 8
  5. 10
    Africawatch says:

    Bob Mugabe is probably their role model.

  6. 11
    The New Messiah says:

    Didn’t quite a lot of Germans cheer Adolf Hitler at one time? He certainly got a better turn-out.

  7. 12
    Alan Rusbridger says:

    I am a patriot, but I will not say I love my country.

  8. 14
    I'm not! Good song anyway. says:

  9. 18
    BBC, the Labour party, the Guardian, etc says:

    Isn’t it inconvenient when people don’t think what you want them to think?

  10. 20
    Village Idiot says:

    ……It seems to show a lot of division and a lack of respect.

  11. 23
    Sally's Vibrator says:

    Wow. Multiple Mandela orgasms all round at Nelson’s memorial service.

  12. 24
    green ink says:

    Robert Mugabe .. venality incarnate

    • 34

      Steady on. He might be persuaded to set up a Faith Foundation.

      • 99
        green ink says:

        quite Sc but mugabe has no faith to offer anyone

        • 128
          Sir Hamish McCretin says:

          Were we not told that Mugabe is a Saint from Heaven, a Devout Christian who is cleansing Zimbabwe of the evils of the BBC? I am sure I heard him say this. He added, “BBC you are Rubbish!. BBC Reporter, you are Prostitute!”

          I think that I prefer the BBC, warts and all, to a scoundrel like Mugabe, but I do not doubt that he is a devout Christian in the modern context, and may I say, friends, that I mean this most sincerely in a very real and caring sense?

          94 on the Clapometer for Robert Mugabe, but remember, friends, it’s your votes that count! So, send those votes to Thames Television, Teddington Lock, Middlesex. Thank you sincerely, friends, most sincerely!

  13. 25
    John Bellingham says:

    The reason for the poor attendance is that there is no public holiday today. The crowds at the big rallies where political speeches are made are on ANC sponsored public holidays like “Freedom Day”, “Women’s Day”, “Human Rights Day”, “Worker’s Day”, “Youth Day”. The deal is that attendees get a free T-shirt or smock and often a hat, a packed lunch and a free bus ride– I suspect that is missing today and the folks were expected to turn up out of duty.
    Interestingly, Zuma got a resounding boo and jeers when he entered the stadium–maybe because there was ni packed lunch.

    • 30
      Not Really says:

      “..and the folks were expected to turn up out of duty”

      Or maybe turn up because they loved their ‘grandfather’? If I was a SA I’d have gone, work or not.

    • 121
      Maybe... says:

      You don’t think that Mandela being a millionaire who lived a life entrely at odds with that of the rest of the South African people has anythng to do with it?

  14. 27
    Cymro oddi ar y llinell says:

    Rearrange the following words into a well-known BBC News story: Malala Madiba.

    • 49
      Gershie baby says:

      Altogether now….’You say Malala, I say Madiba…….lets call the whole thing off’. Bit like the thronging millions who didin’t turn up to honour their saviour. Never mind the Beeb will show stadium footage from their World Cup.

  15. 29
    vaz alert says:

    I had to attend the opening of an envelope otherwise I would have been there

  16. 31
    Fishy says:

    Has Chukka spoken yet?

  17. 33
    Go get your shinebox says:

  18. 36
    Smack My Nigella Up says:

    Later tonight will be the lighting of celebratory necklaces.

  19. 41
    Reader says:

    I see that the ever-democratic lobbying industry is paying to get its message across: with the comments switched off. These are the people who claim there is a meaning to the word ‘engagement’.

  20. 42

    Comic Relief money invested in arms and tobacco shares

    shocked that they allowed comments for this………

  21. 43
    john in cheshire says:

    Was Morgan Tsvangirai present? Or has Mr Mugabe confiscated his passport; or more likely he is concerned that if he leaves Zimbabwe he won’t be allowed to return. I wonder what direction Zim will take when Mr M is no longer with us? God help the White Africans whoever takes over, because no one else seems prepared to do so. On the other hand, is Whites can never be regarded as africans, then surely the same logic applies in our own country towards the non-ethnics in our midst.

    • 44
      john in cheshire says:

      correction = non-whites in our midst.

      • 75
        Who are the real r@cists? says:

        Whites have been in Southern Africa since the 1600′s, yet are still routinely referred to as settlers, without a peep from the Guardian / BBC / PC crowd.

        Imagine the outrage and condemnation from the selfsame lefties, if the same were true here?

        • 101
          An Asian solicitor says:

          I rarely, if ever, settle any bills until I am being sued. Even then, I will wriggle like hell to try to get out of it.

      • 119
        F**k the LibLabCon says:

        You’re not suppose to talk about the act of ordinary people simultaneously accepting two mutually contradictory beliefs as correct. It’s not the politically correct way.

      • 151
        Nelson Mandella says:

        Do you mean black bastaurds?.

    • 109
      green ink says:

      the whole administration is threaded with corruption at almost every level … the mugabe factor is critical .. when he dies things will change.

      • 126
        cynic says:

        After some conflict a new dictator will be in charge. After a few years he will be just as bad as the old one.

        • 160
          Sunderland is a Labour ghetto thats why its shyte says:

          Thats the story of post colonial Africa,the natives were better off under the colonists.Now that Madiba has gone wathc Suid Afrique go down the shitter PDQ

  22. 45
    Smack My Nigella Up says:

    Robert Mugabe, still not quite as bad as Ed Balls when it comes to national economies.

  23. 46
    Mugabes head always has a lovely sheen says:

    Who said you can’t polish a turd.

  24. 47
    Working abroad and paying tax says:

    Guardian must have changed their minds??

    • There were mixed reactions to the various world leaders gathered at the event. China’s vice-president Li Yunchao was booed, while Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe was greeted with cheers.

    • 59
      The BBC says:

      We’re not interested, we’re only waiting for Cameron to be booed when his name is read out.

      If the crowd don’t, we’ve got a sound effects tape ready to dub over the pictures

    • 92
      The BBC says:

      We can seamlessly edit this in:

  25. 48
    C.O.Jones says:

    I am sure that if Barry Obama had a grandfather, he would be just like Nelson Mandela.

  26. 50
    Fishy says:

    Wanker Brown has now been dug up by the BBC. Talking about the importance of Education and freedom from poverty….having crashed our economy and education system

  27. 52
    JH30295803495-034 says:

    There is nothing more fascinating than watching a lefty frantically try to construct their favoured narrative in the face of very, very contradictory facts.

  28. 54
    An honour to be there says:

    Is Sarah Brown still sitting there through this shit?

    • 165
      Sarah Brown says:

      It was a touching, magnificent send-off for a man who oversaw the collapse of Africa’s only first-world country into just another dangerous blood-splattered shithole.

      Hang on, did I think that or post it?

  29. 56
    Ticketmaster says:

    If this was a World Cup group game, the attendance would have merited a Fifa inquiry.

  30. 58
    Good idea says:

    Quick, get the singers in to drown out the boo-ing…..

  31. 61
    Sir William Wayde says:

    I suppose Mr Mugabe could have been cheered by some, booed by others and ignored by the majority who didn’t know who he was.

  32. 64
    P l e b says:

    The media is eerily quiet about the National Service Act that is due for a second reading on 28th February 2014. Your daughter and anyone between the ages of 18 to 26 will, if passed, be affected by this

  33. 65
    Mr Spock says:

    Guardian journalists occupy a different place in time and space captain.

    • 153
      Being Anti-Dr Spock is Racist says:

      Show some respect you ‘orrible little man. Spock was a Dr not a Mr

      The only logical thing to think about the death of Mandela is RIP all the victims of his mass murder

  34. 69
    Round the Bend says:

    BBC quote ‘Mugabe is cheered’
    Telegraph quote ‘ Mugabe is cheered’

    Guardian quote ‘Mugabe is booed’

    The Guardian ethics seem to be ‘if the facts don’t fit the agenda, change the facts’.

    • 76
      Unemployed Ex NOTW Journo says:

      A little message deletion bastards

    • 83
      The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance says:

      “Print the legend.” Like they’ve been doing all along with Mandela.

    • 86
      John Bellingham says:

      No, no—Mugabe is BORED! (he is 142 years old and has a short attention span)

    • 89
      not an MP says:

      well if it’s true that they deliberately told a lie then arrest them and string them up, see problem solved

      • 94
        not an MP says:

        there are no repercussions these days, everybody thinks they can say what they like about anybody, well smack a few of them in the face a few times and string up the worst offenders and you will soon see a change in attitude, let me tell you :-)

        • 110
          UKIP or bust says:

          You can’t just say what you want, a man was swaged away by the oldbill for making a (not realy offence) joke about mandeeba recently.

          • not an MP says:

            yes well, those that did the arresting obviously do not understand English humour and so are probably not English and should fuck off elsewhere

    • 97
      Hacked Off says:

      The Guardian is allowed to lie to the public and make up facts.

  35. 90
    The British media are cunts says:

    The only people at Mandela’s send off are the media, the stadium is as empty as Old Trafford when the prawn sandwich lot have fucked off home.

  36. 91
    The British media are cunts says:

    I only tuned in to see a few Soweto Necklaces’ come one Winnie get the tyres and petrol out.

  37. 105
    magnabill says:

    Nissan Main Dealer?

  38. 108
    An empty chair says:

    Ha ha ha ha ha

  39. 113
    Bollox BC says:

    Despite the Nelson Wank-fest that is the BBC News website the most popular article today is on the death of Sound of Music actress Eleanor Parker.

    Their main wanky article comes in a distant 10th after highbrow stories on Tulisa and Aldi low cost Tablets.

  40. 115
    Bessy Smith says:

    Lies, like acid rain
    Burning witches who dare complain
    Guido Fawkes, the freedom fighter
    missed his apotheosis
    for want of a working cigarette lighter

  41. 120
    Raptor says:

    The ANC “comrades” are the ones who would cheer Mugabe.

    The five million or so Zimbabwean refugees now living in South Africa would have a different reaction.

    But they all have to work just to survive, and so are unlikely to be present in any numbers at this type of get-together.

  42. 122
    This guy loses his temper big time says:

    This shatters the stereotype that gay men are soft and effete. This guy flies into an all time rage at two loudmouthed girls harassing him. Watch to the end to see why he’s called the Peckham Terminator.

  43. 123
    The last Quango in Paris says:

    Have we (tax payer) paid for: Nock Clegg, Ed Miliband, Tony and Cherie Blair and Gordon and Sarah Brown to grandstand at the memorial service?

  44. 127
    P l e b says:

    Is Blair there?

  45. 132
    Mister Blobby says:

    Time to Amend the Blobbying Bill

  46. 152
    UKIP, the finale solution says:

    The whole sorry charade was nothing more than a chance for the elites to parade in front of what they thought was going to be a rapturous adoring captive audience while each of them made puffed up speeches. The political dregs are nothing if not opportunist vultures always ready and willing to exploit a death to further their own delusions of grandeur, the only positive things to come out it was seeing clearly the real BBC in action and a parade of saddo ‘world’ leaders acting like the desperate attention seekers they are.

  47. 161
    Blowing Whistles says:

    Facts – Indeed.

    And when the facts don’t fit the Cognitivie dissononce mob – the facts can go hang – as Danny Fink pointed out – but he want’s to keep quiet about it now – I wonder why?

  48. 162
    Sunderland is a Labour ghetto thats why its shyte says:

    Mugabe was cheered to the rafters because he is what the militants in the ANC want to see in South Africa a kleptocracy,run by them fuelled by nepotism and cronyism just like a lot of Labour MPS

  49. 169
    Rob says:

    Is it still going on?

  50. 172
    cherera says:

    Mugabe is the undisputed leader of the oppressed world ,from the aborigines in Australia to those so called African Americans.The more you vilify him,the more people listen and appreciate him.Today you have your tail between your legs.The masses have spoken.

    • 198
      Grrr says:

      Masses of what?

      BBC Guardianistas?

      Wanky hand wringing, self loathing, White Lefties wracked with post-colonial guilt?

      Marxist terrorists who had a habit of killing people for fun and publicity?

      Who can tell.

  51. 179
    Blowing Whistles says:

    There is some ironic stuff about the lost comment of box number 7 – Re +6,000,000.

  52. 183
    Kudzi says:

    its a shame, because we love president Mugabe SO much, yet the world hates him because of misinformation like that, yet you will see articles in foreign media saying that the will of the people in the Zimbabwean election is not reflected. The president of USA, the prime minister of UK were in attendance, yet the same, after hearing an unihibited, random gathered crowd cheer for Mugabe, might go on telling the world that Zimbabweans elections werent a reflection of the people – its sad because a persons legacy is ruined by inacurate facts. If you were to exclude any and all opinions that have been gotten from media, you will see that Mugabe has a similar story to mandela – cant wait for the crowd that would be gathered purporting to be random zimbabweans, yet they would be politicaly gathaered. LET THE FACTS SPEAK, WE LOVE THAT MAN AND WILL GO TO WAR FOR HIM IF BRITAIN HAD STARTED THE WAR THEY TRIED THABO MBEKI TO START

    • 195
      Ian Douglas says:

      You should go an lie down in a darkened room with a damp towel wrapped around your head. You’ll feel better soon. I promise

    • 196
      Ian Douglas Smith says:

      You should go an lie down in a darkened room with a damp towel wrapped around your head. You’ll feel better soon. I promise

  53. 184
    Gary Loin-Acher says:

    Appropriate this was held in a football stadium as, although he’s not on the short list, young Nelson is now hot favourite to win the BBC Sports Personality of the year this Sunday.

  54. 197
    Grrr says:

    Marxist terrorist banged up for blowing up a train station dies after leaving a once prosperous, safe and hopeful country a corrupt, violent one party failed state.

    BBC is rapture, jerking off over pictures of their hero.

    That’s the news.

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