Comment at end
7th February, 2010
On BBC’s Andrew Marr Show this morning Alastair Campbell lost his composure and to at least some extent broke down on live television. It won’t make any difference to “public opinion” so honed by our blessed press over the last 7 or 8 years to distrust anything from those they seek to vilify.
Alastair Campbell upset and emotional (5mins 19secs)
From about 1m 10s in you can see that Campbell is starting to breathe heavily. His chest heaves, and he is clearly hyper-ventilating. His stopping for over 20 seconds mid-stream (around 1m 25s to 1m 48s) to control his emotions is most unlike Campbell. Already, to many all of this has been derided out of hand. It is said to be an act – put on for the camera. Yet his eyes look heavy with bags under them. Hard to fake that.
At The Mail here you only have to read the comments to see the absolute, untarnished, unforgiving nature of the hatred felt for him and for Tony Blair. And WHO is responsible for this “vilification”? You got it – the Daily MAUL and the rest.
“Alastair Campbell broke down and seemed close to tears on live television today as he was quizzed about his role in the Iraq war.
Tony Blair’s chief spin doctor suddenly froze in his seat and appeared to be struggling to contain his emotions as he stared blankly at the floor during an interview on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show.
The political interviewer was asking him about the ‘dodgy dossier’ and whether the ex-PM had misled Parliament over the threat posed by Saddam Hussein when Campbell went into meltdown.”
The Mail provides these stills from The Andrew Marr Show.
Centre: “he exhales and looks away from interviewer Andrew Marr…”
Bottom: “‘Forgive me for this, I’ve …’He finally broke a long and dramatic silence by saying: ‘I’ve been through a lot of this, Andrew… Tony Blair, I think, is a totally honourable man’.”
THE PRESS-LED COMMENTERS WITH NO HUMAN EMPATHY
Reading this from The Mail, especially its heavily ‘moderated’ and ‘selected’ commenters, I see NO human empathy. None whatsoever, though I can’t stand being there long enough to read much of the junk. There may be a few human beings commenting there.
A visitor from Mars would have to conclude that Campbell and his then-boss were tyrannical dictators being revenged for destroying their own people and their own countries.
But that is what the chosen commenters at the Mail actually DO believe. WHY? The Mail and the rest of the British press, nothing else. They talk “public opinion” while feeding that ravenous public opinion with lies dressed up as truths. Added to by titbits of other reasons not to like Tony Blair, his wife, Campbell and Labour.
(I repeat, if you are interested, that I am NOT a member or even a supporter of Labour and I have no party political axe to grind. But I am appalled at this destructive treatment of anyone.)
The Tory supporting Daily MAUL is Hypocrisy Personified. The Daily Mail and the Conservatives KNOW that if the (Iraq war supporting) Tories had been in power at the time, they’d have done exactly the same as did Blair and with exactly the same assistance to get over the message as was Campbell’s job.
Discussion on Campbell’s breakdown at the New Statesman.
Suggestively titled –
“Alastair Campbell – overcome by emotion? Really?”
Stan Rosenthal, a frequent commenter here at this blog, and the man behind the Ban Blair-Baiting petition as well as the man who put his hand in his own pocket in order to put the other side of the “Blair the war criminal lied” story says this:
- So only anti-war people are allowed to be emotional?This is just another example of the kind of Blair baiting referred to in my New Statesman blog post “Why I placed that Ban Blair-baiting ad” and which also prompted me to put a 4 screen version of the ad at the website of those who are indulging in this latest blood sport. Click on here and scroll down to see it.
1. Read “Campbell defends Blair in emotional interview”, by David Hughes. This is a reporting article of the old-fashioned type, fair, and good to read. But note the commenters there too to see why I am so utterly ashamed at the semi-ignorant and dangerous ease of judgement of my fellow-countrymen.
2. Confirming visibly exactly WHY Alastair Campbell is upset about the coverage of the Iraq Inquiry and the press’s and others’ relentless vilification of himself and Tony Blair over the decisions, this is another YouTube video posted this morning. Same footage as the one above but a bit longer. A WHOLLY different approach from the ‘unbiased’ and non-judgemental poster and his heavily anti- commenters. Note its title:
Alistair Campbell fake crocodile tears on difficult questions (07Feb1) (8mins 2secs)
3. The Sun report – Excerpt:
He added: “I don’t think people are interested in the truth any more.”
Mr Campbell said the media was obsessed with “settling your scores and setting your own agenda”.
He added: “I’m sorry if I do get upset about this but I was there alongside Tony, I know how that decision weighed on him, I know the care that we took.”
He said he understood why people were “upset” about the decision to become involved in the conflict.
But he said: “Tony Blair and the government made a decision. He has to stand by that decision.”
Campbell has suffered greatly from depression over the years and has had mental breakdowns on more than one occasion, on which he has gone public.
It is time the vicious attack dogs in the press and on the internet understood that we are all people.
Whatever you think of the Iraq war or of Labour as a party, or of Tony Blair or Alastair Campbell, please don’t drive Campbell to another breakdown. He already looks halfway there to me.
William Hague sounding more reasonable than he often does on Iraq and expressing personal sympathy for Campbell still maintains that “Parliament was misled”. At the same time he says that before we can decide whether or not he (and the Tories) would still have voted for the invasion, he says “we have to see the Inquiry as a whole.”
Quite. So WHY opine on it now, discrediting and vilifying Blair, Campbell and your political opponents along the way to seeing “the Inquiry as a whole”?
REPEAT – HYPOCRITICAL CONSERVATIVES.
Shame on you, Mr Hague.
Tags: alastair campbell, All In The Mind, Andrew Marr, ban blair baiting, BBC, Daily Mail, depresion, emotional, evidence, Iraq inquiry, mental breakdown, new statesman, parliament was misled, Stan Rosenthal, Tony Blair, William Hague