Friday, April 21, 2006

All you need to know about the Beeb

The BBC's John Humprhys is apparently concerned that the Queen has snubbed a certain 80-year old by failing to invite him to her birthday party. Says Humphrys, about his remarks to the Queen when he met her a couple of days ago:
I suggested it was a bit mean not to invite [him] to the Palace because he's
80 as well...
Who is this luminary whose lack of an invitiation bothers Humphrys so much that he felt compelled to question the Queen herself about it? Was it Alan Greenspan, who turned 80 just over a month ago? Or Jerry Lewis, who celebrated his 80th a couple weeks later? Or perhaps Mel Brooks, who hits the four-score mark in June?

Nope. Humphrys is, in fact, worried about the Queen being "mean" to....aging Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.

Iain Murray summed it up nicely when he said on NRO's The Corner, "All you need to know about the BBC is included in that one remark."


Blogger Qaz said...

Maybe the multi-millionaire Trot (at tax payers expense) should get back to his fortified mansion and give his comrade a call and ask his to release his fellow journalists.

Name,Agency, Sentence asked for, Verdict

Victor Rolando Arroyo Carmona Unión de Periodistas y Escritores Cubanos Independientes (UPECI) Life 26 years

Pedro Argüelles Morán Cooperativa Avileña de Periodistas Independientes (CAPI) 15 to 25 years 20 years

Mijail Barzaga Lugo Agencia Noticiosa de Cuba (ANC) 15 years 15 years

Adolfo Fernández Sainz Pátria 15 years 15 years

Alfredo Felipe Fuentes Independent Life 26 years

Miguel Galván Gutiérrez Havana Press Life 26 years

Julio César Gálvez Rodríguez Independent 18 years 15 years

José Luis García Paneque Libertad (head) 18 years 24 years

Ricardo González Alfonso De Cuba (head) / Reporters Without Borders’ correspondent Life 20 years

Alejandro González Raga Independent 18 years 14 years

Ivan Hernández Carrillo Pátria 30 years 25 years

Normando Hernández González Colegio de Periodistas Independientes de Camagüey (CPIC, head) 30 years 25 years

Juan Carlos Herrera Acosta Agencia de Prensa Libre Oriental (APLO) 15 to 25 years 20 years

José Ubaldo Izquierdo Hernández Grupo de Trabajo Decoro 20 years 16 years

Héctor Maseda Gutiérrez Grupo de Trabajo Decoro 20 years 20 years

Pablo Pacheco Ávila Cooperativa Avileña de Periodistas Independientes 22 years 20 years

Fabio Prieto Llorente Independent 15 years 20 years

Alfredo Manuel Pulido López El Mayor 15 years 14 years

Omar Rodríguez Saludes Nueva Prensa (head) 15 to 25 years 27 years

Omar Moises Ruiz Hernández Grupo de Trabajo Decoro 18 years 18 year

What a Prick Humphrys is!

8:10 AM  
Anonymous dumbcisco said...

Back in 1957 John Grigg (Lord Altrincham) wrote a very snide article about the Queen. A few days later he got thumped in the street outside the BBC studios - "Take that, you cad !"

If ever Dennis Thatcher's description of many journalists as reptiles fitted anyone, it fits John Humphrys. You would hear the cheers all over Britain if someone gave Humphrys the custard-pie treatment. His deliberate insult to the Queen (who cannot by protocol reply) was made worse by the way he repeated it to the press - no doubt with his usual smirk. As you say, the episode sums him up to a T. He is an arrogant, self-satisfied leftie prat. Par for the course these days at the BBC, I suppose.

10:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wouldn't expect any less of the BBC, nowadays BBC might as well stand for Boldly Broadcasting Communism.

12:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you really believe that John Humphries was making a serious suggestion? That he is a Castro supporter? Or that he is ignorant of the realities of life in Cuba? Did you fail to understand that Terry Wogan was merely ribbing Humphries? He may be a Republican and sometimes step over the mark in his interview style but,
there seems to be a transatalantic humour gap here. Your biography indicates that you live in London. Have you failed to pick up the British sense of humour?

1:28 PM  
Blogger James P said...

An incredible post, exposing the very characteristics your blog aims to dispel. Ignorance and a complete lack of understanding when it comes to British humour. You think John Humphries is a communist. Well you gave me a laugh. Thanks.

Hung by your own petard Sir.

2:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Transatlantic humour gap" seems to say it all. Her Majesty has a sense of humour (an often unappreciated fact). John Humphrys has a sense of humour and may well have wanted to come up with something a bit more original and entertaining than the usual comments HM gets treated to. How on earth you can twist this into a declaration of the BBC's communist sympathies is beyond me.

By the way, communist regimes are notorious for censoring the press and not allowing dissenting voices to be heard. I got to your site from a link on the BBC website ( You might want to think about that.

2:35 PM  
Blogger Scott Callahan said...

Anon (the latest),

I'm not quite sure what you think I ought to think about. My contention is simply that the BBC is part of a broader media in the UK that is both anti-American in a broad sense and misinforming its audience about the US in its particulars. The fact that the BBC has linked to my site (for the second time, in fact!) has no bearing on that.


2:55 PM  
Blogger James P said...

The BBC is simply representing widely held views about Americans, I am not suprised many intelligent Americans find these views upsetting and to some degree insulting. However these views are held the world over, and based on good evidence. A country that elects an idiot as president (twice, even after he rigged the first election) and a country that has such a high percentage of fanatical christians is always going to attract a certain amount of derision.

Most of us realise that Americans come in all shapes and sizes. It is not anti American as such. I am not anti American but I am against a lot of what America stands for. I think that is true of many people outside of the US government run media bubble. It is hard for Americans to see what their "great and proud" nation is up to as the American media is so tightly controlled.

I hope you don't take offence at this, I am just trying to put another side to this interesting debate.

There is a big humour gap though ;-)

5:11 PM  
Blogger Scott Callahan said...


Claiming that the US media is "tightly controlled" days after the biggest newspaper in the US has published classified information - for the second time! - much to the irritation of the administration? I may lack a sense of humor, but I can certainly see that for the joke that it is. Good one!

BTW, what is it that you suppose America "stands for"?


PS - If your sense of the percentage of "fanatical Christians" in the US comes from your BBC watching, I can confidently say it is wrong.

5:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't believe some people. Do you guys really believe that Humphrys was being serious?
As for the guy running the site, really, come on. Like a lot of Americans you take yourself far too seriously. Try listening to the great Hump and you will see that he grills everyone regardless of their ideology, nationality or politics. He's a broadcasting genius and long may he continue to be exactly the way he is.
And by the way, I'm not an American hater and for those who think that America is all bad just try to imagine life in a world where China was the only superpower! Ouch!

2:08 PM  
Blogger Little Black Sambo said...

"A country that elects an idiot as president (twice...)."
What an unpleasant, sneering remark: and fairly idiotic too. Perhaps you were happy when this country elected a lying crook as Prime Minister three times.

6:27 PM  

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