Alastair Campbell tears into the Daily Mail on Newsnight

2nd October, 2013 10:14 am

The Mail vs Miliband row rumbles on – last night ALastair Campbell demolished the Deputy Editor of the Mail on Newsnight. You can watch the exchange in full here:

  • tribalterror

    You are stretching the truth to call that a demolition job. On the contrary, setting aside Campbell’s breath taking hypocrisy, Campbell is rambling, barely coherent and dare I say it appears a little tired and emotional. Let us not forget of course that Dacre and Campbell have previous succinctly put by Dacre back in 2004 “I think [the Blair] government, through the Campbell approach, [has] put [the] hostility [of the press towards politicians] on a different footing. I think after a while the media industry came to believe that it was disseminating untruths and misrepresenting the truth as a matter of course”

  • charles.ward

    Campbell calls the Mail “bullies” then proceeds to act like a bully be shouting down his opponent. Classic Campbell, the man has no shame.

    And if you want an example of BBC bias watch as Emily Maitlis makes no attempt to stop Campbell shouting over Steafel preventing Steafel from answering her questions.

    • John Ruddy

      They can dish it out, but they cant take it.

      For too long, people have been rolling over and accepting this sort of crap from papers like the Mail.

      Tv camera crew apparently doorstepped Dacre over this, now he’s complaining to the BBC Trust about breach of privacy! You couldnt make it up!

  • rekrab

    Well done Alistair!

  • NT86

    I’m not the biggest Alastair Campbell fan (they should have invited another Labour affiliated person frankly), but he had a point that much of Ralph Miliband’s “views” were expressed at the young age of 17. Are we really going to hold Ed to account based on what his late father said/wrote when he was just a teenager??

    To call Ed’s “direction” anything at all like Marxism is misleading. It looks more like social democracy to an extent. So to talk about this as some ghostly reminder of the 80s and Militant (for example) is deceitful.

    Not only that, the tone of this whole affair is mean and personal. Attack Miliband for his policies, not who his father was. In any case, Ed is not proposing Marxism at all.

    • MrSauce

      I think there is a plan afoot to give 16 yr-olds the vote.
      Best not be disparaging about the ‘views’ of someone aged 17: it isn’t ‘on message’.

    • John Ruddy

      They had originally invited John Prescott, but apparently there was a problem with the studio he was due to broadcast from, so they asked Campbell. I think Alistair did a much better job than Prescott could have done.

      Or, as Alistair Campbell said to Prescott in a tweet – they wanted someone who could do verbs.

  • MrSauce

    Oh dear, this has really become a mess.
    If only the original article was dismissed as the hatchet-job it was, it would have been forgotten by today.
    Now we have the dreadful sight of pathological liar Campbell accusing someone else of hypocrisy.

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    • Matthew Blott

      What has Alistair Campbell lied about? I thought Campbell was on great form and made mincemeat out of Paul Dacre’s stand in (with Campbell rightly calling Dacre a coward for never putting himself forward).

  • ColinAdkins

    The Tories are being too mealey mouthed. They comment I can understand Ed’s actions but I cannot comment on editorial judgement. What would be their response to a Labour spokesperson asked to condemn a strike by saying I cannot comment on Union democracy?

  • Steve Stubbs

    We are being lectured on morality by Alistair Campbell?

    Welcome to Lewis Carol land.

    • dave stone

      Shoot the messenger?

      Campbell did call it right: the Daily Mail – the worst of British values posing as the best.

      • Steve Stubbs

        Not defending the Mail at all – just being lectured on morality by pond-life like Campbell sticks in my craw. No that’s not being fair to pond life …… Utter scum calling other scum scum so to speak.

        • dave stone

          Fair enough. Campbell was certainly one of the fully paid-up moral-relativist degenerates at the heart of New Labour.

  • leslie48

    Great to see Alastair, Lord Sugar (and even Lord Hezzy) attacking the fascist Daily Mail today ; believe me the Labour Party and Ed will gain a lot from this ; it will show the electorate that Ed does stand up to the nasty bullies in this country as he did to Murdoch two years ago; voters like their leaders to have b*lls ; Both Alastair and Lord Sugar are reminding us that Labour cannot be vilified for the next two years in this nasty manner and to go softly into the night hoping the Mail will appease themselves is rubbish; the role of the Mail for the last 100 years has been to stop all forms of socialism including social democrats and the paper was invented for keeping the reading lower middle classes and office workers from drifting away from a Conservative. outlook; the Mail began, was and remains a major an agent of propaganda against the Labour Party using whatever method it can use including attacking the Leader of the Opposition’s deceased father. You do not tame wild dogs like this paper you expose it.

  • Matt Charman

    Never thought I’d be behind Campbell. The Daily Mail is not a proper Newspaper, it is a vicious hate-mongering right-wing propaganda machine using blistering rhetoric in an attempt to incite verbal or even physical violence between groups within the UK. At the time when Miliband’s father was being a temperamental teen whining in his diary (the source of much of this) the DM were frantically supporting fascism. I wouldn’t want to drag up something 80 years old, but hey, they did first. The DM is a morally bankrupt organisation that must be opposed by all civilised people.

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  • jeffersonian

    During the times Ralph Miliband wrote, his teachings aided and abetted those whose goal it was to destroy the West – and Britain. The Daily Mail simply stated a fact.


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