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Peter Hitchens what a horrid little man


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Initial post: 5 Mar 2014 11:20:46 GMT
byekitty says:
Peter Hitchens what a horrid little man he and many other wingnuts and loons can be seen quite regularly offering comments and appearing on talk shows to offer their views, my question is why? If as we are told coverage on TV must be balanced why is it so often the likes of Melanie Philips, Peter Hitchens or that woman from the apprentice that receive so much airtime for their fairly minority views, I recently saw an episode of question time where Melanie Philips was roundly booed and hissed like a pantomime villain by the entire audience. Is it simply that balance goes out of the window where ratings are concerned?

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Mar 2014 11:32:28 GMT
gille liath says:
Interesting, cos I watch a fair amount of news/ current affairs, and I rarely see any of those people - in fact I'm not sure which woman from the Apprentice you mean.

Question Time, though...you have to be either a prig or a masochist to enjoy or get anything out of that. And some of the people they have on seem to have no qualification except having been on telly at some point. If I want to see some buffoon sounding off about something they are completely ignorant of, and trying to get some easy applause, I can watch that Tory MP who went on I'm A Celebrity.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Mar 2014 11:34:50 GMT
Bearman says:
It was a sad day when Peter's brother, Christopher Hitchens died. Its as if the world became more unbalanced.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Mar 2014 11:37:10 GMT
Dan Fante says:
Katie Hopkins. She's been on QT before as well. There's a rather amusing (and accurate) take on her here: http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/lostinshowbiz/2013/jul/18/katie-hopkins-queen-of-conflict

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Mar 2014 11:44:33 GMT
byekitty says:
Well unlike you I actually watch very little TV especially news/current affairs and yet seem to see these people all the time, totally agree with you about question time its a masochistic thing had it on in the background one day replying to e-mails and couldn't turn it off much like poking a sore tooth or worrying a nail.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Mar 2014 11:48:19 GMT
gille liath says:
The opening para looks like it's making a determined bid for pseuds corner; still, it's nice to know I'm one of the last pure humans...

As for that woman, you don't need to hear her speak do you (fortunately)? You know what she thinks about everything just by looking at her.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Mar 2014 11:59:07 GMT
Bearman says:
Well I had never heard of Katie Hopkins, so I followed your link and watched the attached video clip. What a ghastly woman!

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Mar 2014 12:03:10 GMT
Dan Fante says:
Sorry about that. People go on about the likes of footballers getting unwarranted attention and money (which I don't disagree with) but I find her being paid to spread her bile far more objectionable. Not that I watch a great deal of telly.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Mar 2014 12:45:28 GMT
Bearman says:
She comes over as a snob version of Marylin or Bradders. Completely dumb, misinformed, and utterly unable to understand a different point of view.

Posted on 5 Mar 2014 14:07:21 GMT
Roma says:
and a clever women who has carved out a well paid career for herself by eliciting from us the exact responses that those willing to pay her want If you want a reasoned, intelligent debate you do not invite such as KH to participate. I don't know if any of you saw the two hour debate on immigration which Channel 5 featured recently - KH versus everyone else in the audience. Reasoned, intelligent debate it was not!

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Mar 2014 14:59:39 GMT
Bykitty,

This looks like an ill informed rant to me, oozing confirmation bias, like you accuse talk show wingnut loonies of.

It reads like he's a <<horrid little>><<wingnut>> because you don't like him or agree with his opinions. Do you only get heated at the sight of right wingnuts on the telly or do you go apoplectic when their left wing counterparts, like Owen Jones, Polly Toynbee, Russell Brand, Eddie Izzard, Janet Street-Porter, George Galloway, Diane Abbott, Kevin Maguire, Yasmi Alibhai-Brown, appear on the political talk shows too? Or don't you see them as wingnuts, perhaps because they happen to express opinions with which you agree?

Talk shows like The Big Questions and Any Questions want off-the-wall and "edgy" characters of all sorts of political and social persuasions to liven up the so called 'debate' and increase viewing figures. Hitchens is a professional journalist and broadcaster, an opinion for hire, he's articulate and controversial, just what telly producers are looking for.

<<Can be seen quite regularly>> I think Hitchens has been on QT once in the past six months, when the 'balance' was provided by loony lefty Owen Jones. Remember?

<<we are told coverage on TV must be balanced>> This does not mean every appearance by someone with a loony left opinion must be balanced by someone with a loony right opinion and both of them by a couple of pundits who hold the prevailing middle-of-the-road consensus view. (Why don't you read up on the BBC's Editorial Guidelines?) Although on shows like QT they do tend to balance the political views of the panel - a Con, Lab and Lib Dem MP plus a couple of 'loony wingnuts' say Owen Jones loony leftnut and Peter Hitchens, loony rightnut, to spice things up.

<<I recently saw an episode of Question Time where Melanie Philips was roundly booed and hissed like a pantomime villain by the ENTIRE audience...blah blah blah>> Really, the entire audience? And to balance things up, Russell Brand was also on the panel.

Posted on 5 Mar 2014 15:04:06 GMT
Dan Fante says:
Melanie Phillips acts as a very effective delay if you're ever approaching the Billy Mill Roundabout a little too rapidly.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Mar 2014 16:27:33 GMT
Kitty. Gomsy agrees. Programs like Question Time and the Big Questions are skewed to give "bid eds" lots of air time. When Gomsy was on the Biq Questions he was not allowed time to air his views properly...the panel are ALL important, cos they is very cwever.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Mar 2014 17:39:58 GMT
byekitty says:
Having read a few of your posts this is exactly the sort of response I would expect, to answer your question about Owen Jones, Polly Toynbee, Russell Brand, Eddie Izzard, Janet Street-Porter, George Galloway, Diane Abbott, Kevin Maguire, Yasmi Alibhai-Brown I have seen some of them appear on television programs in the past and have yet to see any of them provoke a response such as Melanie Philips so I think judging from that they are somewhat more middle of the road and acceptable to the majority of people and though I may not agree with their policies/opinions they do not make my very skin crawl like Peter Hitchens.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Mar 2014 17:58:11 GMT
Bearman says:
Peter Hitchens is pompous, arrogant, and not very bright. Those are his best features.

Posted on 5 Mar 2014 18:19:52 GMT
byekitty says:
The weird thing is the more I see posts by Gordon Bennett the more I think of Mr Paul Davidson frequent poster with many alias's from the religion forum I think its the overuse of <><><<>><<.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Mar 2014 18:31:37 GMT
Ah, you poor thing.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Mar 2014 18:31:58 GMT
Profound.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Mar 2014 18:35:03 GMT
Last edited by the author on 5 Mar 2014 20:58:32 GMT
In your most humble opinion.

Are there any left <<wingnuts and loons>> given airtime by the BBC? Are you claiming The Beeb is biased to the right?

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Mar 2014 20:11:34 GMT
gille liath says:
Not from us, Roma - we don't watch the telly! ;) Anyway, clever or not, it's no less contemptible is it?

Personally I *never* watch TV debates. They're a cheap way for everybody to get het up, but you're highly unlikely to learn anything or hear any new insight.

Posted on 5 Mar 2014 20:17:01 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 5 Mar 2014 20:22:45 GMT
Last edited by the author on 5 Mar 2014 20:24:11 GMT
gille liath says:
I disagree, the concept of that programme is wrong. You learn nothing from politicians fielding questions with pre-prepared soundbites, less still from people who know nothing but happen to be slightly famous. Only a good interview, a cross-examination, can (sometimes) get past that. Better still are interviews with intelligent subject specialists, rather than politicians. Question Time has - especially since the Iraq war - become an exercise in competitive self-righteousness.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Mar 2014 20:30:23 GMT
Spin says:
Gille; The concept is valid; An hour for the public to question those who determine how they live. It is the fools who represent our government and its "opposition" that reveal the inadequacy of British politics...If it were not for "Question Time" we would not know of the intellectual corruption of our politicians.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Mar 2014 20:38:03 GMT
Well said.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Mar 2014 21:06:06 GMT
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