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Russell Brand On NewsNight

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    Posted by Polemicist (U14349342) on Thursday, 24th October 2013

    I can never ever understand exactly why Russel Brand is ever invited onto either BBC news or current affairs programmes. He obviously must employ a rather good agent.

    Furthermore, whose actual views and opinions does he really represent apart from his own? Surely, at the age of 38 years, he must be considered far too old to be an authentic voice for today's youth?

    I also find it to be highly ironic, and also incredibly hypocritical, that the multi-millionaire comedian is now, apparently, the guest editor of a left wing publication, The New Statesman. For he is often seen on television, nowadays, advocating rather spurious environmentally friendly, Maxist ideology.

    When Mr Brand disappeared to America I had actually hoped that we might have seen the last of him. Regrettably, his own late night television talk show, Brand X, was actually axed by broadcasters, Fox Television, after numerous complaints from viewers about a succession of rather tasteless jokes. As a consquence of this he must have decided to return to Britain, and thus share his relentless political diatribe with the rest of us.

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    Posted by zen cat chingfishismyangle (U14877400) on Thursday, 24th October 2013

    I can never ever understand exactly why Russel Brand is ever invited onto either BBC news or current affairs programmes. 
    He was invited onto Newsnight because he's guest editor of the New Statesman.

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    Posted by leadedbee (U5555345) on Friday, 25th October 2013

    I thought that interview provided the most compelling bit of TV I've seen in a while. Two big egos slugging it out and with Paxman clearly unsure as to how to play it.

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    Posted by david fogarty (U14299453) on Friday, 25th October 2013

    I can never ever understand exactly why Russel Brand is ever invited onto either BBC news or current affairs programmes. 
    He was invited onto Newsnight because he's guest editor of the New Statesman.

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    Really!

    What's that noise I hear? Is it Kingsley Martin rotating in his grave so furiously he has reached the antipodes?

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    Posted by meldrewsrevenge (U13159010) on Friday, 25th October 2013

    I can never ever understand exactly why Russel Brand is ever invited onto either BBC news or current affairs programmes. 
    He was invited onto Newsnight because he's guest editor of the New Statesman.

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    Just because the New Statesman makes a poor editorial decision doesn't mean the BBC has to follow it. Mr Brand exhibits the political nous of a 15 year old. Newsnight once had some claim to gravitas and being a flagship news programme. Alas the Eddie (have you blown your nose today, Eddie would lerve to hear about it) Mair pox has infected the whole network

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    Posted by BrightYangThing (U14627705) on Friday, 25th October 2013

    I disagree that JP didn't know what to do. He was very clearly giving plenty of rope... given that it is the 2nd time he has had a head to head piece for NN with the brand brat.

    That first encounter was bordering on sycophantic and I suspect it made uncomfortable viewing if he (JP) watched it back at any time. The piece this week was a much more considered and whilst not openly hostile did, at every pause for a gulp of breath, involve asking the Brand to offer his positive suggestions for a different system to replace the one that he rightly exposed (err, except I think we all knew that anyway) as failing the nation.

    And for that, and that alone, that a fireBrand with big words was pushed to the point of making himself a laughing stock, which he did most successfully

    Brand was caught full on in the headlights of the truck he had lost control of. Bravo NN and JP.

    Oh, and by the way, there are now several threads on NN running. Which must be all to the good in the hope that numbers make people sit up and take notice. It is on the slippery slipway (the analogy will make sense if you follow the NN editor on Twitter) to a Titanic end in it's dumbing down generally.

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    Posted by Phrasmotic 4 August 2012 (U5509534) on Friday, 25th October 2013

    There's already a thread for moaning about Newsnight running down because you consider Russell Brand intellectually inferior:

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    Posted by Phrasmotic 4 August 2012 (U5509534) on Friday, 25th October 2013

    Sorry, my phone auto-corrected "dumbing" to "running".

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    Posted by Dee_host (U15846799) on Friday, 25th October 2013

    Just came on to post the same link Phrasmotic just gave you.

    If you want to continue talking about Mr Brand's appearance on Newsnight, please join the others over there: www.bbc.co.uk/dna/mb...

    Thanks.

    I'm going to close this now.

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    Posted by BrightYangThing (U14627705) on Friday, 25th October 2013

    There's already a thread for moaning about Newsnight running down 

    Yes, I know. I said so in my post

    because you consider Russell Brand intellectually inferior: 

    That is your interpretation of my views and totally invalid and incorrect.
    Mr Brand has quite a reasonable intellect from what I can tell. When he chooses to offer a fully formed argument on anything, and debate it like a grown up rather than throw his dollies out of the pram and shout at everyone like a truculent teenager I will listen to him.

    I suspect one of the reasons for the head to head style is because I doubt the BBC would trust him to give anyone else a look in a live studio debate.
    This could be edited. (which of course means it/we are open to certain manipulations). If he wants live valid debate on topics he has exercised his intellect on, he needs to calm down a bit and take the focus of himself a bit.

    His own worst enemy in being taken seriously.

    And isn't he still persona non grata at the BBC?

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