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I never warmed to Mr Hasan's strident and unpleasant ad-hominem attacks. But, it was a relevation to see how much mediaeval dogmatism there was in him, mixed with contempt for "kaffirs." As a civilised kaffir, I view his comments and stance with complete contempt. Perhaps, he could consider relocating to Saudi Arabia, where I am sure his views would be treated with much more respect. And, we woudl be spared his views and have a proper political editor instead. By the way, which joker appointed him in the first place?
Bubba - and from your quote i can tell you are a "plank!"...you're like those wackos that look for a hidden meaning in song lyrics.
You Gilligan "proles" obviously are myopic with Gilligan's "doublethink"..
Mehdi Hassan is correct; Gilligan is a propagandist....an example of Gilligan's "doublethink" propagandist hypocrisy can be seen on this article. He says
"I have not worked for Press TV for nearly a year"
"I stopped last December...taking the Iranian shilling was inconsistent with my opposition to Islamism. I have not worked for Press TV since. "
But hold on what's this...
"only exception is two one-off shows I presented for them in the week of the general election in May, more than six months ago"
So, he hasn't worked for Press TV since December or eleven months....but hold on...he did two "specials" for them in May....so you have worked for them since December, Andrew! And you have worked for them in the last 11 months.
What's "doublethink"? "The act of simultaneously accepting as correct two mutually contradictory beliefs"....in other words, what a propagandist would do!
One more thing. Gililgan's infamous Dispatches film on the IFE was in March. His "specials" for Press TV were in May.
So, why did the "penny drop" TWO MONTHS after?? Moral wrestling? Just not quick enough to form an opinion, Andrew? Or happy, just to take the "shilling" and run?
Gilligan was also working for Press TV nearly a YEAR after other journalists left the channel, following the swindling of the Iranian elections by the government - obviously that was morally OK for Andrew....or does his Islam bashing skills supersede his hypocrisy.
Is it true he got a mistress?
@ Birdy - thank you for your intelligent posts
@Mehdi - when are you going to respond to the youtube vids and the view expressedd? In my eyes it massively undermines the validity of your journalism that you have not made any form of response to my knowledge. Please let me know if you have.
Mehdi Hasan is no leftist. That is certainly a takqia he practices.
He is an Islamists. As long as Mehdi and his ilk are spokespeople of left, it will be doomed. People will not say that in so many words and openly; but people know.
When Indira Gandhi lost an election in 1977, no-one said what they thought about her. They just voted against her.
Two points, which I think Mehdi is willing to take a lot of flak to divert attention from:
- Mehdi mentioned Gilligan first, by smearing him as "obsessed", a cheap and childish playground trick. Gilligan is the London editor of the Telegraph. Rahman's antics, with reference to the administration of an executive body in London with a £1bn budget, are therefore within his purview.
- Gilligan has unearted evidence of some rotten goings on in TH with reference to Rahman and his associates (the latest is an arrest for mltiple benefit fraud). Mehdi does not, and never has, countered anything unearthed by Gilligan with facts or investigative reporting. A soft interview consisting of pliant questioning with no demand or even refence to facts it seems will do.
Instead, he smears Gilligan shrilly and at length.
To smear Gilligan as "obsessed" or "McCarthyite" is to dodge engagement in facts - the job of a journalist - in favour of travestying the history of an unrelated society to defame a fellow professional. With the aim of shifting discourse from the facts. This process was begun and is continued by Mehdi.
What debauched, shrill, defensive, self-serving, lazy, venal bun-fighting, masquerading as journalism, Mehdi has reduced this topic to. And with such transparent motives.
Well done Mehdi, Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck would approve. You have my contempt.
I left the above message on Telegraph blogs and it was "Edited by a moderator"....so those who accuse Muslims of not believing in free speech, don't believe it either...can someone tell me why my article was moderated? Like i say, read it above, i can't think of anything.
Will post it again, see what happens
Ismail - your post makes Gilligan's point, you fool!
The panorama programmes revealed that in many "islamic schools" there was shocking,open anti-semitism, homophobia, anti-Westernism, gender stereotyping, illiberalism and all round extremism, and you say it proves nothing! Doh!
Lutfur Rahman is a disgrace, and should be monitored very closely re funding of extremist projects and groups..
I am no fan of Gilligan either but to deny his main point, that Islamic extremism and fundamentalism is widespread in the UK, is plainly against the facts..and examples of Islamism? How about Muslim parents forbidding their children to go swimming, listen to music, enjoy wetsern art..and then forcing their little girls to wear headscarves, burkas and niqabs..what could be more sick and sexually depraved than that?
I am beginning to think that if there are decent, moderate, normal, balanced Muslims then they should really set up their own branch of the faith, call it Reform Islam (just as in Judaism)and so make it clear they utterly reject the vile sexism, racism, homophobia, illiberalism, extremism and terror-supporting rest of this "faith"...
I have a dream....
When he was at the Standard (I think) Gilligan went around London one time with a laptop trying to pick up confidential government networks by parking outside the buildings to write a piece on loose government IT security.
He wrote a piece saying how outside the Royal Courts of Justice in the Strand he had picked up signals which COULD have been judges communicating about cases, or COULD have been barristers talking about clients.
If he had walked through the front door he would have seen someone using the freely available and open public hotspot.
Research is not his strong point.
Moderate Muslims and unicorns.... we've all heard of them...yet nobody's seen them.
Take Gilli boy to the cleaners...a parasite we could do without...
NS - PLEASE GET RID OF THESE WRETCHED ADVERTISERS!!!!
Ha! What absolute nonsense.
It seems that Mehdi gets plaudits from the verkrappt left for cheapening himself. Nothing wrong with that: it means Mehdi gets the shabby audience he deserves.
So tired of thicko comments describing any criticism as trolling. How tribal. How weak.
And still no engagement with the facts on Rahman, which is of course, the point of all this mud-slinging. Come on Mehdi, let's see you rise to the level of a journalist, instead of stooping to the level of guttersnipe abuse.
Mehdi Hasan is a contributing writer for the New Statesman and the co-author of Ed: The Milibands and the Making of a Labour Leader. He was the New Statesman's senior editor (politics) from 2009-12.