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QuoteJohn Cleese has revealed his return to television, joining the GB News line-up.The Monty Python star will host a regular, one-hour show on the broadcaster in the new year, and in speaking about the new move has insisted it's not 'not a right wing channel' but a 'free speech channel'.Still, the comic said when he was approached by the network, he 'didn't know who they were'.He told Amol Rajan on Radio 4: 'I was approached and I didn't know who they were, I don't know much about modern television because I'd pretty much given up on it – I mean English television – then I met one or two of the people concerned and I had a dinner with them and liked them every much.'People say it's a right-wing channel, it's a free speech channel.'Cleese, 82, will be working with Andrew Doyle and when asked by Rajan about 'wokeism' – something Cleese has shared his distaste of – and 'how big a threat wokeism is to our culture' he called himself an 'old fashioned liberal'.He said in America, 'wokeism' was 'worse', adding: 'The interesting thing is, the way the woke people conduct their campaign is I thought not very honest.'Cleese's former tweets on GB News were brought back up on Monday amid the news, after he asked about 'Russian interests' with the broadcaster.In late August, he tweeted: 'GB News is sometimes referred to, rather wittily, as 'KGB News''To what extent is GB News influenced by Russian interests?'Asked whether he's received a satisfactory answer to his concern, he replied he'd spoken with Doyle about it and that, 'I'm satisfied at the moment, but the whole point is, is it free speech or not, and after I start the show, we will find out.'When questioned about his thoughts on the limits of free speech, the comedian said: 'Somebody once said to me: "Everyone's in favour of free speech, particularly for the ideas that they like".'Responding to whether free speech should extend to those spreading opinions and misinformation about public health matters, Cleese said: 'If there's a factual response to something like that, then that should be made.'That's the job, to put the facts out there, and then to have opinions slightly separate and have a proper argument about it, but not to try to avoid a public debate and then try and get yourself through (on) social media.'He went on: 'The nice thing about talking to the GB News audience is that they may not be used to hearing the sorts of things I'll be saying.'The BBC have not come to me and said would you like to have some one-hour shows and if they did I'd say not on your nelly because I wouldn't get five minutes into the first show before I'd been cancelled or censored.'...
Quote'That's the job, to put the facts out there, and then to have opinions slightly separate and have a proper argument about it, but not to try to avoid a public debate and then try and get yourself through (on) social media.'
Quote from: Mr Vegetables on October 10, 2022, 10:14:54 AMThey were all big fans of free speech on GB News when one of their presenters wanted to take the knee, if I remember wrongly
Quote from: EOLAN on October 10, 2022, 10:34:50 AMI presume this free speech channel of GB News allows a platform for Corbynists and other leftists and strong environmentalists, who are persona non grata in the mainstream media.
Quote'People say it's a right-wing channel, it's a free speech channel.'
Quote from: phantom_power on October 10, 2022, 11:13:31 AMSo he says he knew nothing about them but also that he tweeted about them in August?It is funny how GB News don't report on the actual massive free speech issues such as the right to protest and the ever-more draconian laws around that area, and things like a man being searched the other day just for voicing his support for some protesters, instead choosing to concentrate on made up culture war bollocks about not being allowed to be white or English anymore
Quote from: Kankurette on October 10, 2022, 11:10:43 AMWhen will these people realise that certain people don't want a debate? They just want everyone to agree with them, they're not interested in hearing other people's POV
QuoteFree speech channel, my fucking arse. Try being a leftist on there and see how far that gets you.
Quote'Wokeism' is not a real thing, it's just culture war bullshit invented by the right-wing media.
Quote from: Autopsy Turvey on October 10, 2022, 12:10:15 PMIf there aren't as many lefties as you'd like, maybe it's the result of this sort of thinking:
QuoteThere have been many tweets where a left-wing commentator shares a polite request from GB News to come on the channel and publicly declines by playing to the gallery with moronic sneering abuse.
Quote from: dissolute ocelot on October 10, 2022, 12:29:02 PMStruggling to recall the last decent thing Cleese did. A Fish Called Wanda in 1988?
Quote from: Alternative Carpark on October 10, 2022, 12:53:08 PM
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