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Tuesday 28 August 2012

The Hypocritical Commentator

The high convocation of right-wing dishonesty that is The Commentator has today found adversely upon PoliticsHome, now under the control of Tory donor Michael Ashcroft, for running adverts from Press TV. Why so? Well, Press TV is owned by Islamic Republic Of Iran Broadcasting, is based in Tehran, and is owned by the Iranian state. And The Commentator doesn’t like them.

A Press TV advert on PoliticsHome

This is for a number of reasons, not least Iran’s supposed position towards the state of Israel. Also, George Galloway has appeared on Press TV, and he’s, well, y’know, out there on the left. Then there have been conciliatory noises towards the channel from Mehdi Hasan, who The Commentator loves to kick about. So Press TV has to be A Very Bad Thing Indeed.

And from this we can only conclude that other regimes with dodgy records are also A Very Bad Thing, especially if they have any connection to the Iranians. So perhaps those whopper generating souls at The Commentator can riddle me this: their so-called “Political Editor”, the flannelled fool Henry Cole, is first and foremost employed by the perpetually thirsty Paul Staines at the Guido Fawkes blog, yes?

Staines has been quite open about his willingness to run adverts on the Fawkes blog from whoever is prepared to stump up the going rate for them. And, as Cole is a permanent employee to the extent that he receives paid holiday as well as a salary, one would expect that he is happy about this arrangement. So who has been buying advertising space on that blog recently?

Russian money: bad on left, good on right

Well, those buyers have included a regime with a truly dodgy recent electoral record, support for the beleaguered Syrian Government, and a history of support for, er, Iran: yes, the Guido Fawkes blog has been taking advertising from the Russians. Only on that occasion, the buffoon Cole and his Commentator pals did not have a problem with it. Now the Iranian connection is elsewhere, they have a conscience.

Can you smell hypocrisy? Another fine mess, once again.

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