The signs were not good as Julia Grace Patterson, who you can tell as she’s a doctor, mused “I’ll never do an interview with [GBNEWS]”. As she is CEO of campaigning group EveryDoctor UK, with a significant social media following, what would a sensible and rational media outlet have done in response? What would Nietzsche have done?
Instead, Brillo just sneered. “This is a potential body blow for [GB News]. We’d like to try and put things right between us - if only we knew who you are”. Hark at Lord fucking Snooty up there on his high and mighty pedestal. We’re just too sodding precious to even bother getting off our jacksies and doing a few seconds’ Googling.
But Dr Patterson need not have been downhearted, because after Brillo’s next off-piste excursion, more potential interviewees than her will be looking at GB News and swiftly moving in the direction of away. The Great Man Quote Tweeted Jack Posobiec.
You read that right. Posobiec, who proved too much even for Rebel Media, had told his followers in a routine display of dishonesty “Antifa set the Apple store in Portland on fire”. But neither Antifa, nor anyone else, had done so. As Philip Elmer DeWitt, who covers all things Apple, pointed out, “Someone did start a dumpster fire dangerously close to the store, but fire fighters got it quickly under control”. Posobiec lied. That’s what he does.
Neil did not question the veracity of Posobiec’s claim. He just sent it on its way to his own followers with another sneering comment. “But it was a peaceful fire. And they used iPhones to film it”. Said The Great Man. Using an iPad (same brand as an iPhone).
But the sneering aloofness is not the worst part: anyone with the merest gram of media credibility should never, repeat should never, repeat SHOULD NEVER uncritically promote Jack Posobiec. His well sourced Wikipedia entry reminds us that Posobiec “is an American alt-right and alt-lite political activist, conspiracy theorist, and Internet troll”.
There was more: “Posobiec is best known for … using white supremacist and antisemitic symbols and talking points, including the white genocide conspiracy theory. He has promoted Fake News, including the debunked Pizzagate conspiracy theory claiming high-ranking Democratic Party officials were involved in a child sex ring”.
He has been employed by One America News Network, about which Rachel Abrams of the New York Times observed “Staffers at One America News, the misinformation-peddling outlet favored by Trump, don’t think their own stories are true, & are cheering on lawsuits against the owners. One producer, re the Capitol riot: ‘That’s what happens when people listen to us’”. And Brillo loves to call “Liar” on others. Except when he doesn’t.
Without that BBC team behind him, Andrew Neil is fast becoming an embarrassment, trading on a reputation rapidly falling apart around him. No surprise there, then.
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