Johann Hari skewers Richard Littlejohn on his own show

Award-winning Indy journalist Johann Hari has put right-wing Mail attack dog Richard Littlejohn to the sword on his own Sky News show. Hari tore into Littlejohn for spreading lies which the BNP feed on, his ignorance over asylum seeker benefits and BNP leader Nick Griffin's description of him as his “favourite journalist”.

This article is about a video that is a few years old, but was uploaded to YouTube yesterday, and is definitely worth viewing; timeless and priceless

Watch below to see award-winning Indy journalist Johann Hari put right-wing Mail attack dog Richard Littlejohn to the sword on his own Sky News show. Hari tears into Littlejohn for spreading lies which the BNP feed on, his ignorance over asylum seeker benefits and BNP leader Nick Griffin’s description of him as his “favourite journalist”.

Hari says of the rise of the BNP:

“I do think journalists like you have to accept some responsibility for this. Nick Griffin described you as his ‘favourite journalist’…

“The fact remains the same lies the BNP peddle, you peddle in your column every week, it is a fact that in this country, a single asylum seeker gets paid £33 a week, a third below the poverty level according to Oxfam… You don’t know your facts, every week you describe asylum seekers as being, and this is a quote from you, ‘showered with benefits’.

“In your novel ‘To Hell in a handcart’, which was accurately described by my colleague David Aaranovitch as a ‘400-page recruiting pamphlet for the BNP’, you describe a single asylum seeker receiving £117 a week. They receive 33, you propagate anti-asylum seeker lies just as surely as this man.”

The other man being convited football hooligan and BNP thug Jason Douglas, who shouted racist abuse at Leyton Orient FC; when Hari points this out, Douglas menacingly replies:

“Johann, you’re stepping on very thin ice here.”

Watch the discussion in full:

As one of the YouTube commenters says:

“Lovely to see two eejits turned into stammering f***wits. Well done JH…”

33 Responses to “Johann Hari skewers Richard Littlejohn on his own show”

  1. Ma

    RT @leftfootfwd: Video —> @johannhari101 skewers Richard Littlejohn on his own show: //bit.ly/cT1gux reports @ShamikDas

  2. mrs vb

    RT @leftfootfwd: Video —> @johannhari101 skewers Richard Littlejohn on his own show: //bit.ly/cT1gux reports @ShamikDas

  3. Hazico_Jo

    RT @leftfootfwd: Video —> @johannhari101 skewers Richard Littlejohn on his own show: //bit.ly/cT1gux reports @ShamikDas

  4. John Spence

    RT @leftfootfwd: Video —> @johannhari101 skewers Richard Littlejohn on his own show: //bit.ly/cT1gux reports @ShamikDas

  5. Duncan Stott

    This is a new-to-YouTube clip of a bit of telly from 2004.

  6. 'king idiot

    RT @leftfootfwd: Johann Hari skewers Richard Littlejohn on his own show //bit.ly/blNPvI

  7. Guy Manchester

    A rather brilliant piece/video of @johannhari101 skewering Richard Littlejohn re: lies abt asylum seekers. //bit.ly/aUU77m

  8. Will Ellwood

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  9. Will Ellwood

    //is.gd/hdqKB – Johann Hari skewers Richard Littlejohn on his own show [From 2004]

  10. Miss K

    RT @fragmad: //is.gd/hdqKB – Johann Hari skewers Richard Littlejohn on his own show [From 2004]

  11. Derek Thomas

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  12. Anon E Mouse

    Watch Richard Littlejohn after this clip and you may not be so jovial.

    Whoever posted this had edited it to mislead people. Richard Littlejohn was on this little man’s side ironically.

    This is like saying “Religion is the opiate of the people” and stopping there..

  13. Mike Currie

    RT @leftfootfwd: Video —> @johannhari101 skewers Richard Littlejohn on his own show: //bit.ly/cT1gux reports @ShamikDas

  14. Jonathan Rogers

    RT @leftfootfwd: Johann Hari skewers Richard Littlejohn on his own show //bit.ly/blNPvI

  15. Philip Painter

    Hari vs Littlejohn //bit.ly/9UAcOw old but gold

  16. Mr. Sensible

    Not surprised to see someone from the Daily Mail carrying those sorts of views…

  17. richardakenny

    RT @f8vnz: Hari vs Littlejohn //bit.ly/9UAcOw old but gold

  18. Stuart

    Thought Hari came across a bit smug when talking to the BNP bloke, but the point he made about Littlejohn’s articles, that they propagate certain lies about immigrants and asylum seekers which creates feelings and opinions that the BNP then feed on, seems fair enough to me. Hari doesn’t call him racist or any other such names, just points to some of the things he’s written which are likely to create support for BNP policy.

  19. Andy

    “Whoever posted this had edited it to mislead people.” I posted it, and it is unedited – this is exactly as it went out live on Sky News.

  20. Anon E Mouse

    Mr.Sensible – Richard Littlejohn didn’t work for The Daily Mail at the time.

    Not that that would be a crime, look at it’s readership but I dislike the Mail because of the editor’s links with that useless Gordon Brown.

    Anyway the piece here is taken out of context – I remember watching the item and being surprised at just how useless Johann Hari was. Nothing changed there then…

  21. Noxi

    Johann Hari skewers Richard Littlejohn on his own show | Left Foot Forward //ow.ly/3aOuc #asylum #seeker #bnp //ow.ly/3aOzk

  22. Philippe Legrain

    Check out @johannhari101 skewering Richard Littlejohn on his own TV show about his anti-immigration lies //bit.ly/a0KkAP (ffwd 5min30)

  23. Andy

    It’s not out of context. This is the full item, as broadcast. The only other “context” would be putting the rest of the show, which was about totally different subjects

  24. Anon E Mouse

    Andy – I seem to remember the emails or Littlejohn’s comments or whatever after the item went against Hari and with the lies he is free to peddle on screen that can only be a good thing.

    The idea that Richard Littlejohn in any way supports the BNP is just lies.

    Remember this: //www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9L7PSkx2uI&feature=related

    He makes it clear that he is not racist. What annoys me is that Hari tries a typical Labour type smear just because he disagrees with the opposing opinion and once again illustrates why the left have no coherent and intellectual case in a lot of their propaganda.

    Just smears without evidence…

  25. Rob Ford

    Tabloid scare stories about migration encourage BNP support? Sure not, Mr Littlejohn! //bit.ly/a0KkAP

  26. Rob Ford

    Tabloid scare stories about immigration encourage BNP support? Surely not, Mr Littlejohn! //bit.ly/a0KkAP

  27. Gracie Samuels

    I love these people that criticise others while they call themselves names like Anon E Mous.
    Well done JH, Richard Littlejohn is smug and arrogant right winger, suited to the paper he writes for and I use the term’writes’ loosely.

  28. Alan Firth

    Seen this? @johannhari101 socks it to Richard Littlejohn for being 'BNP's recruiting sergeant' //bit.ly/9Pf4dy

  29. Alan Firth

    It really gets going at 5m30secs //bit.ly/9Pf4dy Enjoy Littlejohn swirming – I did

  30. Brendan Patterson

    RT @diponte: It really gets going at 5m30secs //bit.ly/9Pf4dy Enjoy Littlejohn swirming – I did

  31. Michelle Ravenor

    //tinyurl.com/3ymzt2o Johann Hari flexing his superior intellect. Duuuuuude.

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  33. Franki

    RT @leftfootfwd: @johannhari101 skewers Richard Littlejohn on his own show //bit.ly/blNPvI I love this 😀

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