No interview is destructive enough to dissuade political fanboys

There has been much debate about the legitimacy of inviting fringe figures – particularly those on the far right, or accused of it – onto mainstream media programmes, with the BBC’s output proving the most contentious in the UK due to its reach and unique status.

Ash Sarkar of Novara Media gave an interesting video overview of the topic following recent BBC interviews with Nigel Farage, most recently of the Brexit Party, and the US conservative pundit Ben Shapiro.

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Podcast Ep. 131: Monkeys Sue For Libel Over Windsor Comparison

Monkeys sue over Windsors comparison

The sacking of Danny Baker after an unfortunate simian gag, Tory leadership jostling amid the European elections, and a scandal involving beauty YouTuber James Charles – who can turn straight men gay – are the three topics this week.

Joining us is our pet chimp Churchill.

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Why Nigel Farage deserves his platform

Nigel Farage caricature via Gage Skidmore small

As long as humans live there will always be an instinct to smother dislikeable ideas. And it’s unsurprisingly that some progressives have been emboldened in that pursuit by the sacking of comedian Danny Baker, after he unwittingly made a joke that could be interpreted as racist about the latest Windsor sprog.

That same Thursday many noticed that Nigel Farage, former Ukip leader and now leader of the Brexit Party, was due to appear on Question Time. Nesrine Malik, a Guardian columnist, put it starkly: “Since sacking Danny Baker only yesterday the BBC has hosted Melanie Phillips, Nigel Farage, and now the actual Ben Shapiro.”

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The Defenestration of Danny Baker

Smiling ape by Tim Simpson v3

The royals, even to their defenders, are a kind of entertainment. The leader in this week’s Spectator described royal lives as highly relatable, with the “rhythms of royal news … so much more aligned with our own life experience” than tales of grubby politicians.

Others, myself included, think the Windsors are more circus than soap opera. And it was in this vein that the comedian Danny Baker tweeted a black and white photo of a young simian held between two poshos. The caption “royal baby leaves hospital” was in response to the birth of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, son of Meghan Markle and Harry Windsor.

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Podcast Ep. 130: Carl Benjamin Backs Extinction of Humanity

Carl Benjamin mortal snowflakes

The announcement (and cancellation) of the UK’s candidates for the impending European elections, the harrumphing of the extinction rebellion, and the defenestration of housing bod-cum-philosopher Roger Scruton are the three topics this week.

Joining us is our fond memory of interviewing friend of the podcast Carl Benjamin. He may not be coming back.

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