Mishal Husain is to join Humphrys, Webb, Naughtie, Davis and Sarah on the Today programme. We’ve got a pensioner, a Scot, a gay, a gal and an anti-semite. Can’t categorise Webb, but diversity quotas are probably complete.
Here, nasty nationalists blog a kerfuffle involving some old geezer rebuking Husain’s brats for unruly supermarket behaviour. The rebuke had racist overtones: “Your tribe need to behave like proper English children” That offended Husain deeply, and she made the manager of Waitrose apologise.
Wishing to denigrate Husain, nasty nationalist bloggers referred to her as an ‘autocue reader’ .
While that rant clearly contained a racist element, and was therefore offensive, the fuss seemed slightly over the top and caused aforementioned bloggers to describe Husain as ‘super-sensitive’.
Well, she can dish it out, but she can’t take it. The notorious “interview”, which shows Husain trying to out-Paxo Paxo by using the repetitive-questioning maneuver against Israeli spokesman Gil Hoffman was made all the more offensive by the deeply unpleasant smirk she wore throughout.
To her it was a smirk of victory, which I for one will always picture as I listen to her dulcet tones on radio 4. Written all over the smirk was a kind of misplaced satisfaction, but all her clumsy hectoring showed was that she didn’t think enough Israelis had been killed by what she called home-made contraptions, to justify any kind of fuss, kerfuffle or apology.
Whoever thought it was a good idea to appoint her can’t be aware of the BBC’s nosediving reputation. It’s the bias, stupid.