A couple of weeks ago, Sunny Hundal sparked off a bit of a comments box ruck at Liberal Conspiracy by accusing Evening Standard journalist, Andrew Gilligan, of hypocrisy over his part in the Standard’s vituperative campaign against Ken Livingstone in the run in to the recent mayoral election.
Towards the end of his article, Sunny managed to drop what was, for many people, something of a bombshell:
If smear by association is legitimate, then what about this?
Not many know that Andrew Gilligan is a regular host at the Iranian television channel Press TV. Let that sink in for a bit. Press TV is funded by the Iranian government because it wants to create a global alternative to CNN.
Let me put it in other words. Part of Andrew Gilligan’s salary is paid (indirectly) by the very anti-semitic and homophobic Iranian government. I’m assuming he still works for them. But he definitely did at one point. You can see his name listed on their website.
Checking back on the same link today shows that Gilligan is seemingly still the host of ‘Forum’, which is described as a Question Time-style panel show.
The discussion at LibCon was noticeably enlivened by Gilligan appearing in ‘person’ to defend himself, although on the question of his relationship with Press TV he appeared to have little or nothing to say. Its just another job to Gilligan, I suppose, even if it transpires that his employer is not only financed by the heavily anti-Semitic Iranian regime but directly involved in promoting holocaust denial:
Small world, eh?
It’s only a month or so ago that Nick Kollerstrom was outed as a holocaust denier by Blairwatch, and he’s already become a bit of a draw on the celebrity holocaust denial circuit. I dare it won’t be too long before it’ll tea with Ahmedinajad, especially when you consider Press TV’s take on UCL’s decision to pull he plug on his honorary position:
The West punishes people for their scientific research on Holocaust but the same western countries allow insults to prophets and religious beliefs…
Now maybe, just maybe, Gilligan might be able to turn a blind eye to where his pay check is coming from and retain some measure of personal credibility, but when his employer starts openly peddling Kollerstrom’s ‘revisionist’ crap, which you may recall is based entire on the discredited work of a veritable who’s who of Holocaust denial all of who are known Nazi apologists with links to Neo-Nazi groups, then you have to wonder whether a journalist with any sense of personal integrity might not resign from the station with immediate effect.
All of which suggests that it will be interesting to see what Gilligan does next.