Bil Browning

WATCH: BBC newscaster gets his comeuppance

Filed By Bil Browning | December 28, 2010 10:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: BBC, Ben Brown, cerebral palsy, Jody McIntyre, police violence, student riots

This is great. When students were rioting in London earlier this month, blogger Jody McIntyre was pulled from his wheelchair and dragged through the streets - twice! - by police. Another student caught the second incidence on tape and McIntyre soon found himself on television.

My favorite part is when host Ben Brown goes all FOX News and keeps asking McIntyre if he was throwing rocks at the police or trying to harm them. McIntyre has cerebral palsy and can't push himself around in the wheelchair without assistance. After suffering rounds of humiliating and incredibly stupid questions from the host, McIntyre finally gets exasperated and lets the guy have it for being so asinine.

Doesn't it just make you want to cheer for the young man? If only guests on American TV would call out our newscasters for their incredible stupidity.


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I love it, that was priceless. I'm sure that Americans do respond to asinine reporters this way from time to time. I know that I have. But I doubt that any American media outlet is going to air someone taking a reporter to task.
I have to hand it to the BBC for airing this.

Angela Brightfeather | December 28, 2010 12:51 PM

This young, very intelligent and capable young man, nees to be remembered in the same Hall of Fame for protestors, along with the Chinese activist who stood in fron of the tank near Tienamen Square and Dan Choi and company who cuffed himself to the White House fence.

David Castillo David Castillo | December 28, 2010 1:20 PM

Right on, Jody! That line of questioning was insulting.

Regan DuCasse | December 28, 2010 2:00 PM

It doesn't seem to matter HOW non threatening someone actually is, people like this reporter, and worse, the police in this, will try to throw blame and responsibility on the person who was assaulted, no matter that there was NO way for them to initiate an assault, let alone fight anyone.

I'm glad Jody is a verbal person with CP, he was able to effectively let this idiot reporter know what was up.

And even saying that 'it's been a few days, why haven't you lodged a complaint?' was a dumb question in and of itself.
Jody had to get this footage and examine it and see for himself if it was useful, and frame his complaint with the right police precinct.
You can't get instantaneous complaints lodged, like you can get instantaneous media exposure for something.

I can't get my head around the police being that heartless and irresponsible.
They should have taken him to somewhere safer for himself and his brother. And certainly cautioned them to get off the street.
That is what their duty prescribes. Considering the safety of Jody and his brother.
And these young men should heed that kind of caution, or else the police likely wouldn't have been able to protect them.
This response by the police isn't in their manual, and we all know THAT.

One thing is for sure, I don't know if Jody was there on the street before the riot started, but the heat of anarchy like that wouldn't have boded well either way considering his condition.
He could have been hurt by another young person on the street, and not the police.

Something for Jody to ponder, when all hell is breaking loose.

Workers, students and youth in Greece, Spain, France and now England are far ahead of the movement in the US in terms of fighting austerity measures. It's because of their strong socialist traditions, a political element excised from American politics by Truman and Eisenhower.

Austerity and authoritarianism are the only responses of the rich to the enveloping world depression.

Neither will work. There are millions of people just as committed as Jody McIntyre around the world.

McIntyre, a competent revolutionist, demonstrates the power inherent in the movement to derail the austerity programs of Cameron and Obama. The reporter, on the other hand, clearly demonstrates the fate or all media prostitutes.

Jody rocks. In the US he'd be cut off after 15 seconds or as soon as he asked anything challenging. Heaven forfend they would allow a handicapped person to show up an official establishment media shill.

No here Homeland Security would arrest him for 'probably' hiding explosives in his chair!