Sexist Snow’s Crack at Glass

This anecdote from Katie Glass in her Sunday Times column, reinforces the axiom that the more publicly empathetic the liberal celebrity is, the more ungenerous they are in private:

It took reporting on the Grenfell fire to make the Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow wonder, mournfully, if he is part of a disconnected elite. I could have told him that he is.

As a cub reporter, new to London, I once approached him nervously at a National Portrait Gallery party. He was dismissive and rude, ridiculing me in front of his female fans for not recognising a portrait of the former Venezuelan leader, Hugo Chavez.

“If he was a singer in a rock band called Up your Jumper, you’d know who he is,” he said, pleased to have embarrassed a girl 30 years younger, and 30 times poorer, than him.

Patronisingly sexist in a way that only leftie elitists could be…

Jon Snow: Impartiality is Very Precious

Nick Robinson: “Lots of people say you, Channel 4 News, you’re not just liberal, you’re left-wing. Would it not just be more in touch if we just let go of these old rules?”

Jon Snow: “I think impartiality is a very, very precious entity in our media and I’m grateful for the fact that we do have a regulated broadcasting system and that you and I are impartial.”

Just 50 days since Jon was reprimanded by Channel 4 after it was revealed he was heard at Glastonbury chanting “F**k the Tories”…

Marr on Snow

Andrew Marr on Jon Snow:

“I do know Jon Snow just a little bit. Over the years, I have come to doubt whether he is, to his boots, a naturally Ukip kind of fellow. If I were caught shouting “f*** the Tories”, I would be out on my oversized ear before you could say Krishnan Guru-Murthy. Jon is sure he said nothing of the kind. He’d probably have been out if he had. But, anyway, Channel 4 News isn’t the BBC.”

Friday Caption Contest (Told You Snow Edition)


Entries in the comments…

Tory MPs Boycott Channel 4 News Over Jon Snow Bias

The general consensus among Tory MPs Guido has spoken to over the last few days is why should they bother appearing on Channel 4 News if their main anchor thinks it appropriate to shout “f**k the Tories”? A view taken by Grant Shapps when he was asked to go on last night. Snow-gate is now preventing C4 News from having a balance of guests… starting to become a problem for editor Ben de Pear…

Snow Respect: Jon’s “Anti-Thatcher” Outburst At Her Funeral


Jon Snow shouted that he was part of the “anti-Thatcher brigade” while covering Margaret Thatcher’s funeral, Guido can reveal. Chartered accountant Craig Gardner witnessed the Channel 4 News anchor make the comment during the former Prime Minister’s funeral procession in 2013:

“When I attended Thatcher‘s funeral I was standing on Ludgate Hill in the City of London waiting for the cortege to pass towards St Paul’s Cathedral. Jon Snow and his Channel 4 News camera team barged through the crowds to get to the front to rig up their camera. While making his way through the crowd Mr Snow was shouting “anti-Thatcher brigade coming through”, so his recent remarks come as no surprise.”

Conor Burns MP, a close friend of Lady Thatcher, said in response:

“A comment and behaviour characteristically grubby and typical of the hard left – not one to be expected of a mainstream broadcaster whose credibility is fast evaporating.”

This is pretty much the consensus view of most Tories, good luck to Jon getting them to appear on his show, that is assuming he still dares to risk inviting any on…

UPDATE: A Channel 4 News spokesman says of this on-the-record eye witness account: “This is simply not true.” Notable that a spokesman gave the denial, not Snow himself. More to come soon…

Snow Storm: Behind the Scenes of Last Night’s Channel 4 News

Guido can reveal what happened off camera on the set of last night’s Channel 4 News when the Adam Smith Institute’s Matt Kilcoyne gently ribbed Jon Snow over the anchor’s “f**k the Tories” outburst at Glastonbury. Kilcoyne recounts the episode to Guido:

“We were brought on for the interview, I was up against two left-wingers. Just to test the water as to whether Jon Snow was comfortable on the subject I asked him before we went live: “how was Glastonbury?” He replied saying it was fantastic, absolutely amazing, so he didn’t seem too offended by me mentioning it. We did the interview and at the end, as a joke, and just continuing the banter from earlier, I said “not everyone hates the Tories as much as you do”. Jon was instantly riled. As soon as we were off camera Jon turned and said to me: “Well thanks a bunch, you complete bellend, that was totally unprofessional”. The producer rushed over and grabbed my lapel mic off, telling me to “just leave”. I was being ushered out of the studio. Jon basically lost his temper. I did think it would lighten the mood at the end of the interview, it wasn’t a personal attack in any way.”

Jon “f**k the Tories” Snow dishes it out but can’t take it…

Snow Told Live on Air “Not Everyone Hates the Tories as Much as You”

Jon F**k the Tories Snow had been blatantly biased in the preceding debate on austerity, guest Matt Kilcoyne of the Adam Smith Institute upset Jon Snow by politely ribbing him live on Channel 4 News – Snow called his impertinence “rude”. Snow’s credibility as an impartial broadcaster will drain away if more guests do likewise… 

UPDATE: The catch-up online edition has been edited to remove the clip. How Snow-flakey…

Snow Avalanche of Criticism Problem for Channel 4 News

Our story yesterday was front page news and provoked an avalanche of follow-up coverage and criticism of Snow. Channel 4 News frequently complain about their inability to get the government to defend their position on the show. Tory MP Philip Davies, who sat on the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee says “Channel 4 News are always complaining they can’t get a minister on their show, hardly surprising when Tories know what the anchor thinks of them.”

Guido asked Jon Snow to come on Guy News for an interview to explain his position. The Channel 4 press office said he was not available…

UPDATE: Below is the relevant guidance section of the Producers Handbook for Channel 4 Producers:

Personal Interests

Any personal interest of a reporter or presenter, which would call into question the due impartiality of the programme, must be made clear to the audience. For example, if a guest presenter or reporter had close connections to one political party and was reporting on a politically sensitive issue, it would be appropriate to alert viewers to the individual’s political allegiances. Producers must ensure that all presenters and reporters are briefed about this requirement and that they have appropriate procedures in place to ensure that they become aware of any personal interests that could impinge upon the perceived impartiality of a programme or programme item……

Guido reckons a presenter who shouts “f**k the Tories” probably calls into question “due impartiality”.

There’s Snow Such Thing as Impartiality

A Glasto reveller recounts their weekend with loud-socked Channel 4 News anchor Jon Snow. No one ever thought you were neutral, Jon… 

UPDATE: Jon Snow gets in touch:

“After a day at Glastonbury I can honestly say I have no recollection of what was chanted, sung or who I took over 1000 selfies with.”

Classic non-denial.  He said it…

UPDATE: Story snowballing, Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen calls for Snow’s resignation:

“I think it’s time Channel 4 told Jon Snow where to go.”

Soubry V Farage

Anna Soubry and Nigel Farage got engaged in a rather lively debate on Channel 4 News tonight. And this is only the beginning of the campaign…

Snow Asks Farage: Are You At It Too?

Jon Snow asks Nigel Farage if UKIP are guilty of overspending too. Nige pleads his innocence…

So Much for Becoming an “Insider”

In a step which Guido self-consciously saw as a bit too “Westminster insider”, the producers of Westminster’s answer to the Oscars, the Channel 4 Political Awards, asked him to pre-record some pithy comments about the nominees. The idea being presumably that when Jon Snow says “and the nominees are…” they go to video with the names, plus a few talking heads handicapping the runners and riders before the envelope is finally opened and the announcement made followed by gushing luvvie acceptance speeches.

Despite generously taking the time out to doing the filming, Guido is clearly too far below the salt to be invited to the actual ceremony itself. Or possibly it is because he said in one of the intros something like

“I have known John Bercow for 20 years, he is ambitious, articulate, a talented performer in the chamber, there is only one problem with him – he is a shit.”

The Channel 4 producer nearly choked, Guido’s invitation to tonight’s cermony never arrived…

C4 Political Awards : No Totty Report

Harriet Harman was gutted not to win, Charles Clarke is clearly embittered and laughed heartily at the expense of his enemies colleagues. Charlie Kennedy ostentatiously drunk a Coca Cola, mind you he did leave early, (keeps the Tennents Extra at home obviously).

Sandra Howard charmed Mrs Fawkes, whatever happened to her husband? Aitken played up his ex-con status amusingly. Event was otherwise lacking in senior Tories who were all at the Black and White Ball, only Dominic Grieve showed up in incongruous black tie before he hopped off to Battersea.

Jon Snow was surprisingly bad at reading his auto-cue and we were repeatedly asked to clap and laugh a second time at his fluffed jokes. The live link to the Tory Ball with Cameron was a needle match. Snow couldn’t hide his loathing and made a jibe about tickets to the ball costing £5,000.* Cameron (through a gritted smile) retorted “Well on your salary Jon that wouldn’t be a problem”. Wonder if that will be cut?

*Was actually £325 on Guido’s invite. 325 quid to spend an evening with Tories? Guido might charge that to spend a night with the Tories, but not a hope in hell of paying it.



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