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November 17, 2012 10:54 AM Twilight of the Elites, UK edition: The Daily Show on the BBC child abuse scandal

By Kathleen Geier

Below is an excellent Daily Show segment on the horrific BBC child molestation scandal. There are two particularly mind-blowing details. One is that in 1990, the late BBC personality and pedophile Jimmy Savile, who is at the center of this story and who appears to have abused hundreds of kids, received a papal knighthood from Pope John Paul — betcha didn’t see that coming!

Also extremely disturbing is that Mark Thompson, the former BBC director general who oversaw much of this s***show, is the incoming CEO of the New York Times. Talk about failing upwards! Chris Hayes, call your office!!

Kathleen Geier is a writer and public policy researcher who lives in Chicago. She blogs at Inequality Matters. Find her on Twitter: @Kathy_Gee

Comments

  • Equal Opportunity Cynic on November 17, 2012 11:24 AM:

    Well, I get the bigger point, but I'm not sure the NYT is more prestigious than the BBC. Probably pays better though.

  • Dilapidus on November 17, 2012 11:27 AM:

    I didn't get the last sentence. Is that essentially saying, "Hey Chris, more grist for your mill over here" ?

  • Anonymous on November 17, 2012 11:42 AM:

    Jimmy Savile, who is at the center of this story and who appears to have abused hundreds of kids, received a papal knighthood from Pope John Paul ó betcha didnít see that coming!

    As opposed to Kathleen's unfunny, obvious Pope-bashing...that, I saw coming from twenty miles out. Par for the course, really.

  • c u n d gulag on November 17, 2012 11:49 AM:

    Oh goody!

    Because the NY Times isn't fecked-up enough...

  • Stephen on November 18, 2012 10:27 AM:

    This is a needlessly snarky account of what is by all accounts the biggest scandal ever to hit the BBC.

  • David61 on November 18, 2012 8:20 PM:

    So, you're trying to drag the Pope into this? Seriously?The BBC is more biased against the Church than any media organization in the world,except maybe the New York Times, but when it engages in a cover-up of child abuse as bad or worse than anything the Bishops did, the Pope is somehow connected to it because he passed out a medal and shook the man's hand? He probably didn't even know who this Saville character was. Your anti-Catholic bigotry would be offensive if it weren't so comically blatant.

  • Martin on November 19, 2012 6:49 AM:

    Mark Thompson, the former BBC director general who oversaw much of this s***show, is the incoming CEO of the New York Times.

    Jimmy Saville abuse allegations: 1960s-1980s
    Mark Thompson, BBC Director General: 2004-2012