Should it be against the law to make an offensive joke?
On Friday, I got involved in a Twitter spat with Mehdi Hasan, a senior editor at the Left-wing New Statesman magazine. He’d appeared on a politics programme the night before in which he’d been filmed on a private jet and I thought I’d tease him about it.
“Odd to see you on a private jet last night, but not in an orange boiler suit,” I tweeted. “Next time, eh?” (To read more, click here.)
Posted by Irascible Old Git on 20-05-2012 09:47:
Maybe you should mention to your readers what Mehdi Hussein was actually talking about on This Week last Thursday night.
As I recall, Mehdi (who I'm no great fan of, especially when he's defending Iran against accusations that the country is a totalitarian hell-hole) was doing a resume of the week's political events, in particular the election of President Hollande in France.
The fact that he boarded an executive jet was to illustrate the fact that Hollande's own plane was struck by lightning.
Quite why this warranted your cheap jibe about Guantanamo is beyond me.
Posted by Irascible Old Git on 20-05-2012 09:59:
Hussein/Hasan, they're all the same, right?
Posted by Irascible Old Git on 22-05-2012 14:54:
See what you've done now, Toby?
‘According to Guido, Mehdi Hasan has departed the New Statesman for some sort of gig at the UK website of the Huffington Post.
He’s bagged a massive promotion in both status and influence by joining the Huffington Post. Guido just spoke to one of Mehdi’s fellow lefty hacks:
Lefty: Has he been fired?
GF: Well he’s going to the HuffPo, so you could put it like that.
Lefty: Oh god that’s worse than being fired. That’s worse than being dead.