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Former US ambassador in on-air spat with 'superior' BBC man (Bolton & BBC presenter exchange words)
AFP on Yahoo ^ | 5/17/07 | AFP

Posted on 05/17/2007 12:33:23 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

LONDON (AFP) - Straight-talking former US ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton accused a top BBC presenter of being leftwing and "a superior Brit" in a colourful on-air spat Thursday.

The controversial ex-diplomat, who left the UN post in January, made the comments after fiercely defending the United States' role in Iraq and saying that force should be used against Iran if necessary.

BBC presenter John Humphrys, the main anchor on the broadcaster's flagship Today radio programme, raised Bolton's hackles by asking if the US administration was not a "busted flush" after Iraq.

"You're absolutely wrong ... The people who express the point of view that you just expressed I think were largely anti-American beforehand anyway," said the ex-ambassador.

When Humphrys suggested that billionaire philanthropist George Soros might take that view, Bolton shot back: "Are you kidding me? This is a man of the extreme left."

"I'm sure you would find a great deal in common with him as would many others on the continent," he added, referring to widespread anti-American sentiment in Europe.

The BBC man defended himself, saying he was impartial but just asking questions as a devil's advocate and adding: "Maybe they don't do it like that in the United States."

Bolton: "I know, you're a superior Brit, aren't you?"

Moving on, Humphrys asked Bolton if World Bank chief Paul Wolfowitz, under fierce pressure to resign amid a scandal over his girlfriend's pay package, was "about to go."

"I see you're a gravedigger as well," retorted Bolton. "I'm not at all sure I see that demise happening."

Bolton and Wolfowitz were both widely seen as part of a neo-conservative group which pushed for the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. But Bolton denied he was a neo-con Thursday, although he said the movement was still alive.

"I'm not a neocon, number one, but number two, I don't think the neocon adventure is over," he said.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Politics/Elections; United Kingdom; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: ambassador; bbc; bolton; presenter; spat; superior

1 posted on 05/17/2007 12:33:27 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

Hunter/Bolton 08!!!!

Wow.


2 posted on 05/17/2007 12:35:06 PM PDT by pissant
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To: NormsRevenge

I want to marry Bolton.


3 posted on 05/17/2007 12:35:13 PM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: NormsRevenge
I love John Bolton.

In the "I love you Man!" sense of the word.

4 posted on 05/17/2007 12:35:47 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("All the measures of the law should protect property and punish plunder." --Frederic Bastiat)
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To: NormsRevenge

Oh....juicy....Bolton for President....he can take Ron Pauls Podium on the right side....

LOL!


5 posted on 05/17/2007 12:36:22 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (The DemonicRATS believe ....that the best decisions are always made after the fact.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Bolton was absolutely correct. This odious cretin is a far lefty hack. Take it from me.


6 posted on 05/17/2007 12:37:20 PM PDT by UKrepublican
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To: CaptainK
I want to marry Bolton.

You'll have to fight *me* for him.I'm from Massachusetts so my gender won't be a problem.

7 posted on 05/17/2007 12:37:25 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative ("The meaning of peace is the absence of opposition to socialism."-Karl Marx)
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To: NormsRevenge
Listen to it here at LGF

Bolton '08!

8 posted on 05/17/2007 12:37:36 PM PDT by PajamaTruthMafia
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To: NormsRevenge
I think I’ll tune into the BBC News tonight to see if they play this.
9 posted on 05/17/2007 12:38:14 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative ("The meaning of peace is the absence of opposition to socialism."-Karl Marx)
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To: NormsRevenge

I sure wish Bolton had done the same with the Senate when he had his chance there. He should have shown Messers: Schumer, Biden, Kennedy & Leaky the same courtesies they show President Bush and Vice Peresident Cheney. Now that would have been a classic!


10 posted on 05/17/2007 12:38:31 PM PDT by geezerwheezer (get up boys, we're burnin' daylight!!!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

It would be nice if he was in the debate. It would be interesting.


11 posted on 05/17/2007 12:38:36 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: NormsRevenge
John Humphrys

I'm free!


12 posted on 05/17/2007 12:38:53 PM PDT by P-40 (Al Qaeda was working in Iraq. They were just undocumented.)
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To: UKrepublican
Bolton was absolutely correct. This odious cretin is a far lefty hack. Take it from me.

Being one who watches the BBC News here on a semi-regular basis I know that one needn't be a brain surgeon to understand that the BBC isn't exactly "middle-of-the-road".

13 posted on 05/17/2007 12:41:56 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative ("The meaning of peace is the absence of opposition to socialism."-Karl Marx)
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To: Gay State Conservative

Nope to both of you. He’s mine. I would marry him in a second. Be still my heart. A real man.


14 posted on 05/17/2007 12:44:26 PM PDT by freekitty
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To: NormsRevenge

What’s Bolton trying to do??? Make George Voinovich cry again???


15 posted on 05/17/2007 12:45:03 PM PDT by KingSnorky
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To: Gay State Conservative

You can listen to it over at LGF. The link is in #8


16 posted on 05/17/2007 12:45:14 PM PDT by PajamaTruthMafia
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To: NormsRevenge
NeoCon means New Conservative.

That's an Old Liberal.

So to solve our problems we need to get rid of all the Old Liberals.

When people call me a "neocon", my reply is, "I'm not a neocon. Neocon means new conservative, someone who used to be a liberal, and I've NEVER been a traitor in my life."

17 posted on 05/17/2007 12:51:41 PM PDT by Doctor Raoul (What's the difference between the CIA and the Free Clinic? The Free Clinic knows how to stop leaks.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Bolton was exactly the right man, at the right time, as UN Ambassador.

Which is why Democrats, and idiots like John ‘Cry Me A River’ Voinovich blocked him, and finally he gave up.


18 posted on 05/17/2007 12:53:44 PM PDT by Badeye (You know its a kook site when they ban the word 'kook')
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To: NormsRevenge
http://news.scotsman.com/topics.cfm?tid=474&id=1900372005

Humphrys' 'boring Brown' speech misguided but not biased – BBC

FERGUS SHEPPARD MEDIA CORRESPONDENT

Key points
• Radio 4 presenter in hot water over remarks about ministers
• Comments mark latest round in BBC vs Government confrontation
• John Humphries insists he was making "a good humoured, light-hearted speech."

Key quote
"Some remarks were inappropriate and ran the risk of calling into question John's own impartiality and, by extension, that of the BBC. We've made it clear to him that this must not happen again." - Mark Thompson, director-general of the BBC

RADIO presenter John Humphrys was carpeted by the BBC last night for a private after-dinner speech in which he made a string of disparaging remarks about government ministers.

The famously combative presenter of Radio 4's Today programme was warned by the BBC that parts of a speech to the Communication Directors' Forum in June were "inappropriate and misguided".

But while Mr Humphrys was told not to repeat the behaviour, the reprimand stopped short of any formal action.

The BBC's ruling brings to a close a media spat which has ranged from allegations of anti-government bias at the BBC to claims of a Labour plot to smear Mr Humphrys, 62, long regarded as a scourge of Downing Street's spin machine.

Mr Humphrys faced claims of bias after a newspaper reported remarks he made about a number of Labour politicians.

The Radio 4 presenter said Gordon Brown, the Chancellor, was the most boring politician he had ever interviewed and John Prescott, the Deputy Prime Minister, was indecipherable. The presenter was also quoted as saying that most people "detest" Peter Mandelson, the EU trade commissioner, while he had "scarcely spoken" to Tony Blair over the past four or five years. More controversially, Mr Humphrys said the now-notorious Today report that the government had "sexed up" the Iraq weapons dossier had been proven to be correct.

A video of his remarks was passed to the Times and the article appeared under the name of Tom Baldwin, a journalist known to have close ties to Alastair Campbell, Mr Blair's former communications director.

Mr Humphrys said he was misrepresented by the Times article, insisting he had made a "a good humoured, light-hearted speech" which conveyed "a great affection for politicians". He said the speech contained nothing he had not "said before in front of countless politicians" and he had only used bad language when quoting Mr Campbell.

However, the row prompted Michael Grade, the BBC chairman, to demand a transcript of the speech.

Mark Thompson, director-general of the BBC, last night cleared the veteran journalist of tarnishing the Corporation's name. "I am satisfied that John did not show any party political bias or lack of impartiality, and that he did not intend to be contemptuous or dismissive about politics or politicians," he said.

"However, some remarks were inappropriate and ran the risk of calling into question John's own impartiality and, by extension, that of the BBC. We've made it clear to him that this must not happen again."

Claims that Labour sympathisers had orchestrated the row were raised yesterday after it emerged that the video of Mr Humphrys' speech had been passed to the Times by Tim Allan, a former deputy to Mr Campbell at 10 Downing Street who now runs a PR agency.

Mr Allan told The Scotsman that he welcomed the BBC's ruling that Mr Humphrys' speech had been "inappropriate" and said he had considered the broadcaster's remarks about government ministers "clearly a matter of public interest".

SHOOTING FROM THE LIP

JOHN Humphrys remarks, quoted in the Times, include:

John Prescott: "All you've got to do is say John Prescott and people laugh, it's not fair is it? I'm sure he makes a great deal of sense, but it's just that you can't understand a bloody word he says."

Gordon Brown: "I do get to interview Gordon Brown a lot, oh joy. He is quite easily the most boring political interviewee I have ever had in my whole bloody life."

Tony Blair: "We have not been the closest of friends over the last four or five years – indeed [we have] scarcely spoken to each other."

Peter Mandelson: "Now there is a man they, I think probably all, detest. I said to somebody once, 'Why do you all take an instant dislike to Mandelson?' and he said: 'It saves time.'"

On politicians in general: "There are those who do not lie at all ever and they don't get in to government. The whips won't go near you with a barge pole, well they will, but only to push you into the lake.

"The second lot are those who will lie but really don't like it. And the third lot couldn't give a bugger whether they lie or not. And there are some of those."

On Gilligan and the Iraq dossier: "The fact is that we got it right."

On the BBC's role: "If we were not prepared to take on a very, very powerful government, there would be no point in the BBC existing - that is ultimately what the BBC is for."

Alastair Campbell: "Pretty malevolent force ... who has been waging a vendetta against me for a long time."


19 posted on 05/17/2007 12:56:40 PM PDT by Doctor Raoul (What's the difference between the CIA and the Free Clinic? The Free Clinic knows how to stop leaks.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Bolton should have slapped the limey bastard silly.


20 posted on 05/17/2007 12:58:48 PM PDT by DesScorp
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I nearly barfed when he asked the question about Soros. Anyone with doubts as to what is the Soros agenda, is sorely lacking rudimentary cognition. Bolton would make an excellent Secretary of State, and not only clean up the SD, but clean it OUT! I hope it is Hunter who has the opportunity to hire him :)


21 posted on 05/17/2007 1:02:09 PM PDT by WildcatClan (Just wait till the Pretendicans have to debate, Hunter in '08)
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To: NormsRevenge

If I might, Old Bean, pass the Grey Poupon and STFU.


22 posted on 05/17/2007 1:04:52 PM PDT by Zman
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To: NormsRevenge
*sigh*

If only the U.S. Government had more people in it with Bolton's attitude. Weakness and vacillation only encourages and emboldens our enemies.
23 posted on 05/17/2007 1:05:10 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (I have a big carbon footprint and I'm not afraid to use it.)
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To: freekitty

Also, now that we have some fine conservatives out there, how do we corral them and drop the nutballs we are having to deal with.


24 posted on 05/17/2007 1:13:02 PM PDT by freekitty
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To: PajamaTruthMafia
Thank you, so much, for that link. It.Was.Priceless.

:O)

P
25 posted on 05/17/2007 1:14:38 PM PDT by papasmurf (FRed one liners...click my name. FRed & JC , for Pres.and VeePee.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Gotta love Bolton. I wish more Republicans were as outspoken as he is.

Too bad the Republican Senate in ‘05 didn’t have the cojones or leadership to confirm him


26 posted on 05/17/2007 1:39:46 PM PDT by Barney Gumble (A liberal is someone too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel - Robert Frost)
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To: NormsRevenge

About time someone played “whack a mole” with an “objective” reporter.


27 posted on 05/17/2007 1:49:23 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (Taz Struck By Lightning Faces Battery Charge)
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To: Barney Gumble; NormsRevenge; TASMANIANRED

Predictably, some Britons, even those who say they are conservative, are unhappy with the way Bolton speaks. I have seen remarks like this:


“I listened to the exchange. I thought Bolton’s words were interesting but the way they were delivered in a heated discussion, with neither side willing to pause to hear each others words, made it sound like a slanging match. It would have been better if Bolton, having goaded a heated response from Humphrys, had held his fire and timed his next punches to land more firmly. That would have been a more impressive performance.

It seems readers of this blog share Bolton’s view that the war is a success and the result of the overthrow of Saddam will be a better safer world. This is a minority view not shared by your average R4 listener, I think Bolton’s attack may have rallied the troops on his own side but will have converted few from the other side to his point of view.”


They think Bolton should “play it nicer”.


28 posted on 05/19/2007 5:51:25 AM PDT by NZerFromHK (The US Founding is what makes Britain and USA separated by much more than a common language.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Bunch of British Communists


29 posted on 05/19/2007 6:03:51 AM PDT by Rosemont
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To: Barney Gumble

“Too bad the Republican Senate in ‘05 didn’t have the cojones or leadership to confirm him”

Thank you RINO Hagel and RINO Voinobitch


30 posted on 05/19/2007 6:04:43 AM PDT by Rosemont
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To: NormsRevenge

Best part of the interview was when the BBC Leftist cited the America hater Soros.


31 posted on 05/19/2007 6:05:45 AM PDT by Rosemont
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