I did a double-take. Had I just read “charm” or “smarm..?”
I don’t know about you but if a fawning Observer journalist or any other individual for that matter (Observer or not) remarked that I was “charm personified,” it’s the last thing I’d want to include on my Twitter biography.
Not so the BBC’s James O’Brien. He likes the plaudits does O’Brien, rather enjoys the pats on the back from his media luvvie friends at such bastions of Libertarianism as the Observer, LBC and the BBC.
Fellow Newsnight luvvie Emily Maitlis once gushingly described him as “brilliant.” Better amend that Twitter biog, James. Just don’t forget the 140 character rule.
So many plaudits, so few characters.
For those of you who have not yet encountered this ultra ‘progressive’ allow me to mark you cards.
O’Brien is an archetypal metropolitan media-type, just the right amount of facial hair to be considered edgy without being scruffy, sharp suited and sporting the obligatory open-necked shirt. Casual-smart, edgy, oh so cool and contemporary.
Not only does he dress just right he holds all the ‘right’ opinions too – at least in the eyes of the BBC and Guardian.
O’Brien is the type of broadcaster who is always stridently “on message.” It doesn’t matter whether it’s Brexit, Palestine, Trump, the police or UKIP, O’Brien’s thoughts echo those of his BBC paymasters to a tee. Spooky.
Thus in his malleable mind for example Palestinians and Ukrainians really are the eternal victims of Israelis and Russians. Palestine, Ukraine = good; Israel, Russia = bad. The world really is that black and white when you live in BBC land.
Such ‘correct’ opinions have propelled him to the dizzy heights of hosting Newsnight, BBC’s nightly fare of propaganda and spin beloved by the Primrose Hill progressive set. And if you listen to at least one person (Maitlis) he’s bloody good, too. “Brilliant” even.
For those of us however not receiving large monthly cheques from the BBC, O’Brien, far from being “charm personified” actually comes across as little more than a sneering, self-righteous bully, at least to those whom don't share in the correctness and probity of his opinions.
Only last week he sat bristling in the Newsnight chair conducting the BBC’s latest attempt to discredit US Republican candidate Donald Trump. The BBC don’t like Trump one little bit. Ergo neither does O’Brien.
Trump threatens the open border globalism so beloved of the BBC and their ilk and even worse has called for a temporary ban on Muslim immigration into the United States. Now if there’s one thing guaranteed to get the goat of the BBC its opposition to open borders and islamification. It’s a sort of BBC wet dream. And let’s face it who amongst us wants their wet-dream interrupted?
Those crafty folk at Newsnight had set up an ‘interview’ between a non-Trump supporting Republican senator and a trump supporting writer. You can probably guess what follows, but I’ll briefly outline how mein host conducted the ‘interview.’
The anti-Trump speaker was allowed to prosecute his case ad infinitum. O’Brien just sat in his leather exec chair grunting his approval. In his hands lay the BBC script, or the “narrative” as they like to call it.
When it came to the turn of the pro-Trump guest O’Brien, right on cue and right “on message” confronted her with a devilish slur, one that has long since been abandoned even by US hacks. O’Brien pulled out what he thought was an ace. I swear he was bristling, overwhelmed by his own “charm” and “brilliance.”
The BBC acolyte accused Trump of having the support of…the KKK. Yawn.
No wonder the US guest looked surprised. But to her great credit the lady in question simply refuted O’Brien’s crib-sheet inspired claim that Trump had any especial affinity to the Klan.
O’Brien checked his script; he huffed and he puffed, repeating the accusation over and over. It was almost as if this multi-talented broadcaster was unable to go off script. Almost as if without the crutch of a “narrative” our host doesn't really have an awful lot to offer.
Without the back-up of a Newsnight sting to bolster him our media superstar indeed starts to look rather fragile, much less bristly.
“David Duke (ex-KKK) was OVERJOYED at Trump’s nomination,” repeated O’Brien now getting tetchy. Strangely enough O’Brien failed to mention the terrorist groups such as the Black Panthers and Black Lives Matters who not only openly call for the murder of US law enforcement officers, but whole-heartedly support Hilary Clinton.
Strange, that. Perhaps it’s not part of the “narrative.”
If you repeat a lie often oft enough…
For those of us who know even a little about US politics it all smacked of desperation. Long have the Democratic Party’s links to the Klan been known, but O’Brien either didn’t know or choose not to know. Or maybe the Newsnight intern had been a bit sloppy in his/her research. Or perhaps they just don’t give a shit.
Either way O’Brien certainly seemed oblivious to an image going round the Internet which shows Hilary Clinton smooching with the late Robert Byrd.
Just a certain individual who attained one of the highest ranks among the Klan, an individual at whose funeral Clinton delivered a most moving eulogy.
All of which seemed to have eluded our “brilliant” host.
Not that such facts would necessarily disturb O’Brien. Our super smooth group-thinker remember holds all the ‘correct’ opinions and is thus under no compunction to aim for such quaint concepts as objectivity, fairness or consistency.
Attempting to link Trump to the KKK while ignoring Clinton’s own ignoble history with that organisation just about says it all about the present day BBC.
And O’Brien never lets his paymasters down, ever. He’s considered a ‘safe’ pair of hands in Broadcasting House, someone who can be relied upon to repeat the latest “narrative” while concealing that which does not support said narrative.
O’Brien never tires of espousing that favourite BBC meme, it’s nothing to do with Islam. Whether O’Brien actually believes this bedrock of BBC groupthink or whether it is simply a matter of expediency I couldn’t really say. All I know is that our host repeats the meme ad infinitum.
Along with his BBC masters O’Brien will tell you – with a straight face – that it’s not the image of dead corpses of children strewn along the streets of Nice that should keep you awake at night – the handy work of Islamists; oh no it’s that dastardly Vlad Putin who really ought to put you off your cocoa.
Think about it:
Crushed skulls, ripped skin, shattered bones and the bloodied body parts of dead children, slain by Muslims (just a coincidence, right James?) or a Russian politician. Which one gives you nightmares?
Indeed, O’Brien’s LBC rants are must-listen radio in which Islamic apologism is taken to new heights of tautology.
In keeping with BBC groupthink, O’Brien refuses to admit for even one second that the glut of terror attacks currently blighting Europe has anything at all to do with the dangerous and expansionist ideology that has his fellow Liberals so in thrall.
He rants. He raves. The real enemies, according to O’Brien and his BBC bosses, are in fact “far right” groups.
So just remember the next time you are attending say a rock concert, a Bastille celebration or just simply out shopping, it’s the evil “far right” you ought to be keeping an eye out for because you just never know when the next skinhead is going to drive a ten tonne truck through the crowd, Right O’Brien?
For in BBC land western democracy is under attack not from an increasing army of both home grown and foreign islamists ideologically opposed to every facet of western democracy, it is under attack rather from a couple of hundred skinheads who sport man-boobs and St George tattoos.
Ever canny, the good old BBC have extended their definition of “far right” to include any individual who raises even the merest objection to Islamification of their neighbourhoods. You’re also considered to be “far right” if you raise issues of homophobia and misogyny too.
As you can see a pretty broad church, the BBC’s “far right.”
Ok so let us have it O’Brien’s way. Let’s imagine that Putin and those evil forces of the “far right” are the real threat to peace in Europe. Let’s indulge him for a moment.
Imagine what might happen if under provocation from the ‘peaceful’ Liberal elite, Putin does finally snap. What then?
I wonder if comrade O’Brien will be joining up to fight the “far right” threat. Perhaps he’ll be joined by his fellow effete Newsnight Liberal comrades Davis and Gatehouse. Just imagine it - the Primrose Hill Luvvie Regiment…
But just who would join our effete little brigade? Having scorned the white working class for decades – the usual cannon fodder in such wars – just who would join this army of bicycle-clip wearing Liberals? Tough guy students? Guardian writers? He will be quaking in his boots, Mr Putin...
Perhaps they could recruit in say, Tower Hamlets? An Islamic wing of the Primrose Hill Brigade? A multi-cultural army defending England, Democracy, Free Speech, Cricket and the Archers. Good luck with that one.
As I listen to the likes of O’Brien spewing out BBC group-think on the airwaves I can’t help but allow myself a very wry smile.
In O’Brien’s version of the future the ethnic conflict that is slowly brewing in the towns and cities of Europe – aided and abetted by this most “brilliant” of useful idiots – in O’Brien’s version of the future those horrid “far right” people have been exterminated, like rats.
Europe is a haven of Lefty-Liberals living in perfect Coca-Cola harmony with those awfully nice Islamists and their colourful costumes. Nice…
They say what goes round eventually comes round. And I reckon O’Brien and his BBC masters will be in for a bit of a shock when they finally realise their post-European dream.
“Please! Spare me! My great grandfather worked for the BBC. He was an Islamic apologist par excellence. He defended your ideology! His name? James O’Brien…”
In the minds of O’Brien reckoning day is the sole reserve of their ideological opponents, UKIP and Tory voters, Farage, Le Pen, Trump, Putin and Pegida. Conflict, they believe, will blithely pass the Liberal-leftys by like the night of the Passover.
Oh yes, it’s not just the “far right” that will become involved in an existential struggle for survival. I can assure the likes of O’Brien he and his kin will not be left untouched by what is to come. Far from it.