14th June 2012
Guido Fawkes says:
“…former PM warned menacingly: “I wouldn’t come any further…”
Except the former PM didn’t say that!
I have spent some time looking through today’s video versions, edited and otherwise of this incident in Hong Kong. This is the only full version I can find.
Protester attempts to arrest Tony Blair in Hong Kong (1m 53s from YouTube channel telegraphtv)
The bad news is that this full unedited version – the truth and nothing but the truth (so help them Lord Justice Leveson) – originally appeared at the Huffington Post. Until that is, they realised it showed Tony Blair in far too good a light for their agenda.
So I am calling out the BBC, ITN, The Huffington Post & Guido Fawkes for messing with the facts.
Lord Justice Leveson, Sir. You ARE going to investigate ALL the broadcasters and the internet know-alls, aren’t you? After all, as David Cameron admitted today, the broadcasters are the ones whose reach is all-pervasive and who have by far the widest coverage. Especially the “blessed” BBC. Thus the broadcasters are the main target for those who wish to get a political message out instantly to millions.
Let’s take a closer look at today’s (video) editors.
1. If you read Guido Fawkes’s blog on the Grundy Numpty who tried and failed (as they always do and will) to arrest Tony Blair in Hong Kong today, you could almost believe that our former PM reached into his pocket for his pistol. In fact he didn’t “warn” the protester and spoke in NO WAY “menacingly”. Nor did anyone present. Apart from Tom Grundy. (Isn’t he from “The Archers”?)
At Guido’s –
Tony Blair lost his rag after being heckled by a protester during a speech to students at the University of Hong Kong. As the man approached Blair, accusing him of breaching the Geneva convention, the former PM warned menacingly: “I wouldn’t come any further…” Asia Pacific News claims that Blair said “that’s democracy for you” as the man was led away.
Neither did anyone else threaten the protester, as a quick look at the only unedited video online proves (Telegraph video above). Well done, the Telegraph. Now please do not remove it!
2. At the Huffington Post video version things are actually even worse. Guido could be forgiven for just copying and pasting. After all he has to prove he’s on the ball. Quick with the story, inexact or not. But when I watched the Huff’s video and tweeted on it earlier, twice, I said this:
Just watched this video once: http://huff.to/LFq79k Check & see if you think Tony Blair “threatened” the Numpty in Hong Kong. Applause for TB
I would not have tweeted this if it was not clear that Tony Blair did NOT say it. So I tweeted twice again to Guido, though he has blocked me on twitter for some inexplicable reason. (He’ll still read them, believe me)
I don’t think it was Tony Blair who said “don’t come any further” to that numpty in Hong Kong. Guido?
@guidofawkes So no threat, eh?
Now the Huff has got the huff and is showing the shortened ITN News version- 1:28 long. In this we do not hear those words uttered by anyone, nor much applause at the end. The Huff has also added to the text input of the protester, to include his denial over “harassment” something I, co-incidentally of course, mentioned at twitter. Twice.
@MarkKersten “Armed with the law”? That’s why they keep failing, & always will. GUILTY of harassment Arrest the “arrest Tony Blair” idiots
Arrest this numpty for harassment. GUILTY! In Hong Kong reading out his charges to Tony Blair.
@Daylife – http://www.daylife.com/photo/0crs6xHcMZ4j5?__site=daylife&q=Tony+Blair&__site=daylife&__site=daylife
Why did the Huff change their video? Imho, two reasons: 1) sustained applause for Mr Blair at the end of the original clip, and 2) it was clearly NOT Mr Blair who spoke those dreadfully menacing words.
3. The BBC/ITN
Both ITN and the Johnny-come-lately of broadcasting the BBC – in their talked-over video clips – edited out that remark. The BBC website even has this, a blatant LIE –
“As the heckler neared the podium, he was threatened with police action and left the auditorium peacefully.”
Really? Where was this “threat”?
As I tweeted earlier –
TBFF upcoming transcript Editing out the peripheral and unnecessary, hopefully.
ADDENDUM Just spotted the longer version also here at Sky Watch it in full screen. You will then see clearly that it was the man standing immediately in front of Tony Blair who said “don’t come any further”. NOTHING at all, by anyone, about a threat to arrest the protester.
ADDENDUM 2: The Telegraph disappoints me by spreading the lie/world/truth/boots on in its online article by saying, weakly, ‘Mr Blair reportedly told the protester: “I wouldn’t come any further … you can go.” ‘
For the umpteenth umpteenth – the man in front said that, NOT TONY BLAIR.
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