Scold-happy whine merchant and “conservative thinker” Ben Shapiro appeared on the BBC today with Andrew Neil, and at one point during a conversation about Georgia’s abortion ban, the two had this hilarious exchange:
The hilarious part doesn't come from Shapiro's predictable views about abortion, but rather in his insistence that Andrew Neil is a liberal figure disguised as an objective journalist. In fact, Neil is a famous conservative in the U.K., and is chairman of The Spectator. Here are a few lines about that magazine, courtesy of Wikipedia:
Its principal subject areas are politics and culture. Its editorial outlook is generally supportive of the Conservative Party…Editorship of The Spectator has often been a step on the ladder to high office in the Conservative Party in the United Kingdom. Past editors include Boris Johnson (1999-2005) and other former cabinet members Iain Macleod, Ian Gilmour, and Nigel Lawson.
And again, Andrew Neil is the Chairman. He was also the editor of the Sunday Times for a decade, which is a conservative newspaper owned by none other than Fox News mastermind Rupert Murdoch. So as you see, Neil isn't just a conservative, but a very famous one. In fact, most of the complaints about him working on the BBC come from the fact that he's too conservative, as Slate's Jordan Weissman pointed out:
It's easy to understand why Neil laughed at Shapiro's accusation. What's harder to understand is how on earth Shapiro didn't know about him in the first place.