Thursday, February 09, 2006

Has the man no shame?

Does Stephen Pollard have no shame?. Here he is today drooling over the newest member of the blogosphere.

'Gerard Baker, whose Times columns are essential reading, has joined the ranks of bloggers. His blog has only just started, but I can't imagine anyone more likely to produce a must-read blog, so I'd definitely recommend reading it.'

What he neglects to mention is that Baker is assistant editor of the Times, the paper which commissions much of Pollard's work. 'I can't imagine anyone more likely to produce a must-read blog' Pollard says. How about the editor of The Times?

ps if you're reading this Mr Baker I think your blog is a great idea too....

11 comments:

RobBBB said...
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Neil Clark said...

Seumas Milne is one of the finest radical journalists in the country and the fact that he occasionally commissions me has nothing to do with that opinion. Honest!
I can also assure you I am not Stephen Pollard! If I were, I wouldn't be sitting here writing this, but would be in the waiting room of the nearest face surgeon... Have you seen his mug?

RobBBB said...
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Neil Clark said...

Come on Winslow Boy! I've posted, with approval, a whole range of publications on this blog, many of whom I don't write for- the Indie for example. As a freelance I do write for a wide range of publications- if I never posted from publications I wrote for- there wouldn't be much posting going on!

Paul said...

Neil never seen a mouth he couldn't put a foot in. Stephen's latest post on this is hilarious.

Neil, we know Stephen's no oil painting, but at least he puts his own photo up.

P.

RobBBB said...
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Neil Clark said...

Ignore Kamm and Pollard?
I'd love to, but they're here, there and eveywhere unfortunately-it's a sad indictment of our media that people with such extreme neo-conservative views can get so much exposure. I'll continue to challenge them as and when I think fit. As for 'not landing a blow'- I'm still waiting to see Oliver Kamm's evidence for the claim he made yesterday about 'defending Bosnia from Milosevic's aggression'.

RobBBB said...
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Neil Clark said...

Stephen Pollard fired the first shots, after I challenged him on a piece he had written for The Times in July.(copy enclosed below) I think labelling someone an 'apologist for mass murder' is rather more offensive than comparing them to a stranded whale...And the face transplant gag was only made in response to the an outrageous allegation by yourself that Stephen Pollard and myself were one and the same person! You should at least acknowledge that unlike Pollard, I am happy to engage in dialogue with those who clearly don't agree with me. Pollard not only doesn't allow comments on his sight- you see below how he deals with unwelcome questions.

Neil Clark email to Stephen Pollard
Re: How not to count war bodies-Stephen Pollard’s Thunderer 21st July 2005 Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2005 12:02:54 +0000
Dear Stephen,
So you believe the figure of 24,865 civilian deaths from the war on Iraq to be 'an entirely arbitrary figure published by political agitators'? . I wonder if you think the same of the figure of 500,000 Kosovan Albanians, which the US State Department claimed had been killed by Yugoslav forces in the war of 1999? After one of the most extensive forensic searches in history, only 4000 bodies have been unearthed, a figure which includes Serbs, Roma, Kosovan Albanians killed by the KLA, and those killed in the NATO bombings. Yet despite the lack of evidence, supporters of the war against Yugoslavia- a conflict for which you were an enthusiastic cheerleader, continue to talk of 'genocide' and to compare Slobodan Milosevic with Adolf Hitler. As you yourself conclude, it really doesn't help when attempting to discover true casualty figures, that parts of the media report 'partisan lobbying' as fact.
Yours,
Neil Clark,

Stephen Pollard’s reply:
Mr Clark,
I do not intend to get into an argument with an apologist for mass murder such as yourself. Your email has been placed on my junk filter, appropriately.
Stephen Pollard

RobBBB said...
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Neil Clark said...

What about starting your own blog Winslow Boy if you find this one so unsavoury? If you feel so strongly about these issues why don't you start your own blog and allow free comments on that?
If you do start your own blog (not behind a silly alias but in your real name) and allow free comments and still allow them after say a month- then I'll take my hat off to you. Otherwise I think I'm justified in calling you a hypocrite.