30 October 2011

British "luminaries" and Press TV

I know that this is very old news, but while the lovely (I am being ironic, honestly) Gilad Atzmon is in the news, I thought I'd share the following with you from my collection of historic documents. If you follow the link, you'll find that it's from that good guy David Aaronovitch, writing in The Times, before it went behind its pay wall, depriving those of us disinclined to pay up of its insights. What most intrigued me was the list of British luminaries of the Left (and we all know what Nick Cohen thinks of people like this), at least in their own eyes, prepared to accept Ahmanedinejad's gold and appear on Press TV:

"Despite this history of malicious stupidity Mr Hart has been praised by Lauren Booth and Clare Short, has been joined on his Press TV show by luminaries such as John Pilger, Jenny Tonge, Ghada Karmi, Norman Finkelstein, Ilan Pappe, Abd al-Bari Atwan, Alastair Crooke and Steven Rose, and appears up and down the country at respectable venues, complaining about his treatment at the hands of "Zionism"."

From the following, where David A. notes that he would have been joined on a public platform by Gilad Atzmon, at which points he declined, and shared his unhappiness with the rest of us. I'm especially intrigued by the notion that Steven Rose, the paragon (am I being ironic again?) of the scientific method, except where it involves Israel, is quite prepared to appear on Press TV, as paid for by Iran.You will all have your own views of just how democratic and free Iran and Press TV are:


Post by: Brian Goldfarb