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Fox News apologizes for Kate Hopkins and Nigel Farage’s debate on Muslim internment camps

Former UKIP leader and Donald Trump pal Nigel Farage and to-deadline media shocker Katie Hopkins have managed to achieve a notable media milestone: they’ve shocked Fox & Friends hots into an apology. Hopkins might care to get her notoriety printed on a commemorative T-shirt, or at least a CV. Farage can get some celebratory cufflinks. The pair’s aim is to be relevant. Incredibly, Hopkins has managed to find the words to get herself noticed in the US. Farage is an opinion for hire.

It’s all marketing, isn’t it? Farage and Hopkins are their own brands. And their’s is a cheap business, requiring only an ego-fed mouth.

One of the show’s guest commentators, Katie Hopkins of The Daily Mail, raised the prospect of rounding up Muslims in the United Kingdom and placing them in internment camps as a way of preventing future attacks. Another guest — Nigel Farage, the British political figure and “Brexit” advocate who is now a Fox News contributor — also mentioned the idea of internment.

Later in the broadcast, the “Fox & Friends” anchors paused for a formal denunciation of the statements, lest viewers be left with the impression that Fox was endorsing the idea.

“On behalf of the network, I think all of us here find that idea reprehensible here at Fox News Channel, just to be clear,” a co-host, Clayton Morris, told viewers.

Ms. Huntsman added, “It’s important to be said.”

 

What did they say?

Discussing the terror threat to the UK following three deadly attacks in as many months, Farage said: “And if there is not action, the calls for internment will grow. We have 3,000 people on sort of a known terrorist list. And we’re watching their actions. But a further 20,000 people who are persons of interests, namely they’re linked by some way to extremist organisations. Unless we see the [government] getting tough, you will see public calls for those 3,000 to be arrested.”

Farage then said, “I’m not sure that that is the right approach, because the big danger with that is we might alienate decent, fair-minded Muslims in Britain,” but The i reports that Hopkins disagreed, saying: “We do need interment camps.”

Collective guilt and prison without trial. Nice.

Maybe we should round up all people whose views we don’t share, put them in a field and…

 

 

Posted: 5th, June 2017 | In: Celebrities, TV & Radio | Comment


Katie Hopkins: sacked LBC DJ is Twitter’s Candyman

LBC and Katie Hopkins have agreed that Katie will leave LBC effective immediately.” writes @Lbc over on Twitter.  Thank fuck for that!  Source: Twitter/@LBC

 

LBC and Katie Hopkins have agreed that Katie will leave LBC effective immediately.” writes @Lbc over on Twitter.

Rejoice!

No. The sensible move was to ignore her. It’s the ratings game. If you don’t like her, don’t mention her. Do the reverse Candyman.

For those of you missed the tweet but got the fallout, Katie Hopkins tweeted in response to TV presenter Phillip Schofield, petitioning him to be strong in the face of terror.  She tweeted: “Do not be a part of the problem. We need a final solution.”

Yeah, that bad. She knew what she was doing. She knew it would antagonise. She hoped it would place her at the centre of the conversation over the heinous attack in Manchester. Revolting stuff from the tabloid’s to-deadline controversialist. And then Twitter erupted with outrage and demands for her sacking. A woman with all the relevance of a loon shouting at the pigeons in the precinct became important.

Tom Slater finds a reason for it. It’s not her. It’s us:

Why have some of those born and raised among us – as Abedi was – grown to hate us? Why, among a minority of Muslim youth, is this nihilism brewing? And what might we have done to foster it, to cultivate it? These are questions they’d rather not answer. To do so would be to inflame, in their minds, the only hate they really care about – the hate of lumpen plebs, the sort of people they imagine lap up Katie Hopkins’ every tweet.

Hopkins tried to make Manchester all about her. But through the response it generated, it told us more about the mainstream, about the cowards who tell us to treat Islamist terror like a natural disaster, a time only for sympathy and thanking the emergency services; the cowards who would rather shriek at cretinous columnists than reckon with the real hatred in our midst; the cowards who seem to get more exercised by tweets than bombs.

I don’t think the tweeters are cowards. I think it’s a question of impotence: Katie Hopkins you can get; the West’s navel-gazing you can’t.

Spotter: Twitter/@LBC

Posted: 26th, May 2017 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts, TV & Radio | Comment


Camber Sands: Super-sensitive Police report Katie Hopkins to Twitter for saying mean things

We live in strange and worrying times. Katie Hopkins, a woman who lost a competition for an office job in Brentwood, Essex, (The Apprentice), has said something about the deaths of five people in the seas off Camber Sands. When I first saw the Independent’s headline, I thought it was a typo, with the words the wrong way around:

Katie Hopkins reported to Twitter by police over Camber Sands deaths poll

It can’t be so that the British police demure to twitter in criminal matters? It can be. That’s no typo. The story goes:

Sussex police has reported Katie Hopkins to Twitter after she conducted a poll mocking the possible identities of five men whose bodies were pulled from the sea at Camber Sands beach.

 

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This was the Tweet that had Sussex police upset:

5 dead at Camber Sands were:

Aspiring footballers, mentally ill, fans of Anders Brevik or big fans of inflatables.

 

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Stewart Ayrey @StewartAyrey was offended. He called the police, asking the State’s enforcers to deal with some one said something he didn’t like.

@sussex_police is there anything you can do about this from @KTHopkins? Bad taste at very least.

Can the police arrest you for doing things in bad taste? No. Not yet. They admit as much in their reply:

@sussex_police @StewartAyrey @KTHopkins incredibly insensitive, although not criminal. We suggest reporting her to @Twitter. We have already.

A spokesperson for Sussex police goes on the record:

“At about 10.30am on Thursday (25 August), Sussex Police were made aware of a tweet regarding the tragic incident at Camber Sands on Wednesday (24 August). The force considered this tweet to be insensitive towards the victims and their families and reported it to Twitter under the categories “abusive or harmful” and “disrespectful or offensive”. Shortly after this the tweet was removed.”

Who knew the police were so sensitive. We knew they were censorious and keen on PR. But sensitive?

 

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Chief Inspector Julia Pope then adds:

“Our primary reason for doing this was out of respect and concern for the thoughts and feelings of the next of kin of those who sadly died at Camber. Since the removal of the tweet we have been asked whether we will investigate and seek prosecution. After reviewing CPS guidance we have made the decision that this communication does not meet the prosecution threshold. Therefore, whilst the communication is distasteful it would not be criminal or fit within the guidelines for prosecution.

“We are satisfied that the tweet has now been removed.”

They checked. They wanted to see if a tweet they didn’t much like could be criminal. We know it can be. Liam Stacey’s plight taught us that.

We live in strange times when words are policed and free speech is criminalized. Stranger still they we all don’t get angry about it.

PS: On the Sussex Police Facebook Page, these comments appear below the story. None are deemed insensitive by the Force:

 

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Free speech: it’s not only ok when you agree with what’s being said. It’s the right to say unpleasant things, too.

Posted: 25th, August 2016 | In: Reviews | Comments (3)


Madeleine McCann: Katie Hopkins finds ‘Maddie’ on the other side

Madeleine McCann: a look at reporting on the missing child.

Daily Star (front page): “Maddie: Parents ‘blamed'”

 

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For what? Why? But whom? We soon get to know:

Katie Hopkins sparks fury by saying Maddie McCann’s parents ‘must share blame’

Katie Hopkins, for those of you blessedly not in the know, is a former contestant on The Apprentice TV show – the one on which ‘driven’ people try to win a job working for Alan Sugar in a Brentwood office block. Hopkins lost but did score a job belching ‘controversial’ opinions to deadline for the Sun newspaper and, remarkably, a TV show of her own. That all ended, meaning Katie now shouts exclusively on free-to-air Twitter.

The Star thinks her tweets worthy of its front page. Robin Cottle has created a story from a tweet:

She claimed Kate and Gerry McCann should take some blame for her disappearance.

Oh?

The 41-year-old also insisted the heartbroken couple did not “deserve” the £11million of taxpayers’ cash shelled out to search for Madeleine.

This is in the Star, which once libelled Kate and Gerry McCann.

One Twitter user wrote: “Katie Hopkins victim blaming the McCanns suggests people have no self control, the blame lies with whoever wrongly took what wasn’t theirs.”

Good grief. This story had not made any progress.

Another added: “Yes they made a mistake. Thousands do the same every day and get away with it. Cruel for Hopkins to rub salt in it surely. How did she become our moral guide?”

Answer: when the Star wanted cheap filler.

But some supported the outspoken celeb, with one saying: “Agree with absolutely everything @KTHopkins has said about Maddie’s disappearance, she’s only saying what the rest of you think anyway.”

Always useful when talking of “outrage” to report both sides of the shouting match.

Having seduced readers with a limp story on the missing child, the report takes a jerking twist:

Madeleine went missing during a family holiday in Praia de Luz, Portugal, almost nine years ago. Meanwhile, Hopkins announced yesterday that she was about to go under the surgeon’s knife to cure her epilepsy.

“Meanwhile…” Even the Dallas TV show (‘Meanwhile…back at the Ranch’) didn’t jump around like a demented kangaroo – which might very well be writing both the Star’s reports and Katie’s tweets.

She told fans she will “see them on the other side” and claimed not to be scared about the brain operation.

For those of you not on Twitter, ‘the other side’ is thought to be a reference to Facebook.

 

Posted: 23rd, February 2016 | In: Celebrities, Madeleine McCann, Reviews, Tabloids | Comment


An open letter to Katie Hopkins: keep going!

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Katie: keeping hacks employed

When the Independent vowed to say no more on former reality TV contestant Katie Hopkins’s to-deadline polemics, we wondered if it would last. The paper’s story, headlined “Dear Katie Hopkins”, was an Indy manifesto:

“You don’t know us, but sometimes you retweet the articles we write about you. You might retweet this one, who knows. We’re writing today to say we’re ignoring you from now on.”

The open letter contained links to six Indy articles on outrageous things Katie Hopkins had uttered in other publications and social media. It was pretty clear that when Katie spoke, the Indy listened. But no more. That was then.

So how many articles has the Indy produced on Things Katie Hopkins Says since its open letter of September 25?

Answer : 26.

 

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Why don’t they just employ her and cut out the middleman?

 

Posted: 28th, November 2015 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts, Reviews | Comment


Katie Hopkins’ death appears in the TV schedules

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Katie Hopkins is having an operation on her brain. The Sun’s vile-to-deadline columnist gives the newspaper an “exclusive” in much the same way a baby gives their parent an exclusive look at their filled nappy. But let’s not knock Katie because this is serious.

I’m having a brain op… I could die

EXCLUSIVE: Katie Hopkins reveals she’s ‘full of fear’ over epilepsy surgery

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Posted: 1st, August 2015 | In: Celebrities, Reviews, TV & Radio | Comment


Katie Hopkins V New Labour: human cockroaches v the human virus

When Katie Hopkins called migrants “cockraoches” in her Sun column, she was compared to Hitler by many, including UN high commissioner for human rights, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein of Jordan.

James Delingpole takes a look:

Over the weekend, you may have noticed, Katie Hopkins was trending on Twitter yet again – this time because of a piece she’d written in The Sun in which she’d upset the Offenderati by using the word “cockroaches” in the context of the boatloads of hapless, parched, pitiable migrants now fleeing Libya. At this point you’re obliged tactically to distance yourself from Hopkins by noting how distasteful you too find her appalling choice of words. But I’m not going to, for several reasons, the first being that that it was so devastatingly effective.

It is. It got attention.

Of course, referring to people as parasites is nothing new. After all former environment minister Michael Meacher:

“The lesson is that if we continue with activities which destroy our environment and undermine the conditions for our own survival, we are the virus.”

Meacher is the Labour MP For Oldham West & Royton. Hopkins is unelected.

Posted: 26th, April 2015 | In: Reviews | Comment


Leave Katie Hopkins alone: she’s just Hitler’s killer elf

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So terrible is Kate Hopkins, the Sun’s vile sayer of nasty things to deadline, that the Indepedent called her words on brave, entrepreneurial, tough, resourceful and desperate migrants trying to cross into Europe from North Africa “a column so hateful it might give Hitler pause”.

‘Worse than Hitler’ might be a tagline Hopkins can live with, but, come on on, Hitler was pretty racist, and it’s hard to think of a Katie Hopkins article on immigration altering history, forcing the German leader to recognise just how bad he is. “After alles,” he ponders, “I enjoy mass murder but I’m nein Katie Hopkins.” And Hitler was no fan of borders.

You can read Katie’s ride on the journalisomobile here. But if you can’t be bothered to here are a few highlights:

Rescue boats? I’d use gunships to stop migrants You may as well set up a Libya to Italy P&O ferry

NO, I don’t care. Show me pictures of coffins, show me bodies floating in water, play violins and show me skinny people looking sad…

You want to make a better life for yourself? Then you had better get creative in Northern Africa…

Britain is not El Dorado. We are not Elysium. Some of our towns are festering sores, plagued by swarms of migrants and asylum seekers, shelling out benefits like Monopoly money. Make no mistake, these migrants are like cockroaches. They might look a bit “Bob Geldof’s Ethiopia circa 1984”, but they are built to survive a nuclear bomb. They are survivors…

Bring on the gunships, force migrants back to their shores and burn the boats….

There’s a shrill petition to have Hopkins sacked from the Sun. Sign it and you are on the side of the goodly. You are the good censor, the bright light who saw the limit of free speech and squashed it. Hurray for you.

Best not to bother.

Ed West spotsan interesting piece by James Bartholomew on ‘virtue signalling’, the bane of social media and political debate; that is, people expressing how ruddy good they are by telling the world how much they hate bad things like Ukip and the Daily Mail.” And the Sun’s Katie Hopkins.

Writes Bartholomew:

“It’s noticeable how often virtue signalling consists of saying you hate things. It is camouflage. The emphasis on hate distracts from the fact you are really saying how good you are. If you were frank and said, ‘I care about the environment more than most people do’ or ‘I care about the poor more than others’, your vanity and self-aggrandisement would be obvious, as it is with Whole Foods. Anger and outrage disguise your boastfulness.

West adds that if he were as hated as Hopkins he’d want to kill himself. But Hopkins is no suicide. Maybe she is tougher than Hitler, after all? Hitler craved love. Hopkins seems to enjoy the notoriety.

And rather than taking Hopkins down, getting her the sack brings to mind this episoide from David Sedaris’ Santaland Diaries. Our hero is working as an elf, going through the soul-detroying, scripted motions, doing what people expect of a cartoon character on public display. And for that, people want him fired:

Posted: 21st, April 2015 | In: Celebrities | Comment


Celebrity Big Brother: The Sun’s Katie Hopkins gets naked on Chegwin’s Channel 5

Celebrity Big Brother is making news in the tabloids. In the Sun and Star (now the only paper for topless stunnas – watch those readership figures soar!). Both papers have a league table of how the housemates are getting along.

 

 

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The top two spots in the Sun’s list are occupied by Sun columnist Katie Hopkins (“bloody hilarious” and “no longer heartless”) and Sun columnist Katie Price.

 

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Over in the Star, the Number 1 hosuemate is “laugh-a-minute” Keith Chegwin, who in the Sun‘ is “starting to crack” and “needs to crack a few more jokes”. Chegwin was once the hsot of Naked Jungle, the the Channel 5 “gameshow for naturists”. That was when Channel 5 was owned By Richard Desmond, who also, er, owns the Daily Star.

Such are the facts…

Posted: 20th, January 2015 | In: Celebrities, TV & Radio | Comment (1)


Katie Hopkins Gets Her ‘Nob’ Out For The Stereo Kicks

Jobbing internet Aunt Sally, Katie Hopkins, has checked the news cycle and noticed that X Factor boyband range the Stereo Kicks are on the news.

Katie Hopkins pressess ‘f1’ on her kayboard and calls them names. And they respond.

 

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Tom is the one stoody by the other one.

 

Posted: 1st, December 2014 | In: Celebrities | Comment


Fury Over Katie Hopkins Ferguson Tweet But Silence Over Cressida Dick’s Promotions

Shock! Horror! Internet Aunt Sally Katie Hopkins says Ferguson police were right to shoot dead unarmed black man Michael Brown.

The Daily Express is agog:

AS RIOTS rage across America former reality star Katie Hopkins has sparked fury by labelling the death of black teenager Michael Brown “justice with knobs on”.

 

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Cue the “FURY.

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Posted: 26th, November 2014 | In: Reviews | Comment


The Sun Employs ‘Lying, Cheating’ Katie Hopkins

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COMPARE and contrast:

Lorraine Kelly comment: Lying cheating Katie of The Apprentice won’t get another job –  P11 of the Sun, Saturday, June 9, 2007

A white poppy is utter poppycock – Feisty … Katie Hopkins is our new columnist – The Sun, November 1, 2013

“Lying, cheating Katie ” did work again!

Posted: 13th, November 2013 | In: Celebrities | Comment


Kent’s Edenbridge Bonfire Society Sets Fire To Katie Hopkins

THIS year, Kent’s Edenbridge Bonfire Society will be setting fire to Katie Hopkins. Katie’s famouys for being the result of Petri Dish experiment between Mark Thatcher’s mummy genes, the pure hatred Lawrence feels for his wife on the night of Abigail’s  party and the burn when you touch your nuts after rubbing Tiger Balm on your poor aching back

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Posted: 30th, October 2013 | In: Celebrities | Comment