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4) Liverpool's 'internet terrorists'

 

BBC News Channel presenter Ben Brown wins our inaugural Putting The W Into Anchor award for rubbish interview technique, after his outrageous and hilariously inept grilling of protestor Jody McIntyre. But Jim White over on Sky Sports News ran him pretty close. Interviewing James McKenna, a spokesperson for the Liverpool supporters union Spirit of Shankly, during the fag end of Tom Hicks and George Gillett's ownership of the club, White launched a red-faced attack on protesting fans.

 

"Nothing you can do will speed up the sale," White ranted. "They won't be removed until the time is right. Nothing you can do will change that. Do you not concede that? … Why should they hurry up a sale because supporters are protesting that they should do so? It's not up to you to tell Hicks and Gillett when to sell!" McKenna stood firm and kept his cool. "I disagree," he replied. "Hicks, when he put the club up for sale – interviewed on this very channel – said the pressure fans have put on him has told."

 

White was left seething, floundering, having revealed to viewers exactly how highly he thinks of the people who pay good money to go through the turnstiles each week. McKenna would later be fully vindicated when Hicks and Gillett were forced out of the club, the former whining like a stuck pig about online campaigns waged by "internet terrorists".

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Sky Sports anchor White appeared to think his microphone was off as he chatted with pundit Nicholas at halftime during Wednesday's Champions League clash.

 

Hearing the crowd sing The Fields Of Athenry, White was heard to say: "Oh here we go again, the tottie famine."

 

Nicholas replied: "Aye, and they're all eating chips singing this."

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Sky Sports anchor White appeared to think his microphone was off as he chatted with pundit Nicholas at halftime during Wednesday's Champions League clash.

 

Hearing the crowd sing The Fields Of Athenry, White was heard to say: "Oh here we go again, the tottie famine."

 

Nicholas replied: "Aye, and they're all eating chips singing this."

 

 

Tatie surely? You're obsessed with Tottie these days Ripley, don't you think you should have a lie down? :)

 

I love it when scudgers get shown up for what they are, an immediate sacking surely?

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Tatie surely? You're obsessed with Tottie these days Ripley, don't you think you should have a lie down? :)

 

I love it when scudgers get shown up for what they are, an immediate sacking surely?

It was 2007 and that is verbatim, Murph - though I agree. So he's an ignorant turd say I from the horizontal.

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Jim White is also a loyalist bigot who got away with a "Big Ron" off-mic moment with fellow bigot Charlie Nicholas.

 

Turd

 

You reminded me of an observation made by a Rangers fan friend of mine a while back. I was talking to him about a shop I'd seen in Glasgow selling all kinds of Celtic memorabilia and with music of dubious merit - anti-loyalist, anti-British nonsense - blaring out into the street. I asked him if there was a Rangers equivalent outlet. He said there wasn't because there would be a huge outcry from Celtic fans and the word "bigots" would be bandied about in connection to it. It is apparently OK to label loyalists bigots but it is not OK to criticise Celtic fans of extreme persuasions (like those carrying out their recent disgraceful poppy-burning escapades).

 

It does genuinely intrigue me and I write as someone of 100% Irish heritage and RC to boot, so have no axe to grind. I have no interest at all in Scottish fan rivalries and no interest in their football clubs but do notice how the term "bigot" is freely used to criticise loyalists but not others, which seems strange since extremists of any persuasion are surely as bad as each other?

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