Ben Shapiro apologies to Andrew Neil for melt down Watch
Neil, chair of the group that owns the rightwing magazine the Spectator, subjected Shapiro to a robust interrogation about previous remarks such as “Israelis like to build, Arabs like to bomb crap”, and highlighted his support for new hardline abortion laws in the state of Georgia.
At this point in the BBC Politics Live broadcast, Shapiro, formerly of Breitbart, accused Neil of bias and suggested abortions after more than six weeks of pregnancy were brutal.
“You purport to be an objective journalist,” Shapiro said. “The BBC purports to be an objective, down-the-middle network. It obviously is not, it never has been, and you as a journalist are proceeding to call one side of the political aisle ignorant, barbaric and sending us back to the dark ages.”
The segment went viral on social media, prompting Shapiro to say he had not been prepared and to concede defeat to Neil, who often takes oppositional positions with his guests.
He tweeted: “@afneil DESTROYS Ben Shapiro! So that’s what that feels like Broke my own rule, and wasn’t properly prepared. I’ve addressed every single issue he raised before; see below. Still, it’s Neil 1, Shapiro 0.”
He earlier apologised on social media to Neil, saying he had “misinterpreted his antagonism as political leftism”.
Shapiro brought the 16-minute interview to an end as he cried foul over Neil questioning him on “lone things that sound bad out of context”.
“Frankly, I find this whole thing a waste of time,” he said. “You can think whatever you want of me, frankly, I don’t care. I don’t frankly give a damn what you think of me since I’ve never heard of you.”
Neil retorted: “And I’d never heard of you before I briefed myself for this.”
Then, as Neil pressed him to explain how society was turning its back on Judaeo-Christian values, as Shapiro’s bestselling book claims, Shapiro said he was not “inclined to continue an interview with a person as badly motivated as you”.
He removed his microphone and prepared to leave as Neil thanked him for demonstrating that anger was not part of American political discourse.
Ben was out of his depth.
not completely false
"Cut it out or you'll go home in an ambulance"
You don't get much clearer than that. Is that fake news as well?
I dunno, the Guardian don't really make it clear what is that DESTROYED Shapiro and I think you lot make too much of his supposed apology too. WHAT was it that destroyed him, if anything it was his assumption that Neil at the BBC is a leftie. He didn't apologise for anything else and wasn't even that serious about it in my opinion. This is a load of Guardianista innuendo with very little or no relation to anything real.
I'm no particular fan of Shapiro but I see him DESTROY Neil, not the other way round. That's the price he has to pay for wanting to sound trendy with his line of opinionated journalism, Shap did quite well to throw it back with added interest. Of course the Guardian would distort the thing to suit their own opinionated views, this is... fake news. For the sake of journalism, they need to get it in the teeth, these people dragging it down to the gutter.