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The American critic, Paul Berman, wrote recently that “neocon” had become a show-stopper in upmarket liberal circles. The mere use of the word was enough to convince an audience that a man was a monster. “You should say it out loud in falsetto, as if a mouse had just run across your foot,” he explained. “Otherwise you will not have captured the right tone.”

Jon Snow is no stranger to the hitched-up skirt and high-pitched scream. It echoes through his autobiography, Shooting History. Snow tells us that he is the son of a High Tory bishop, and in my view, he retains a part of the traditional conservative’s resentment of the Americans who usurped Britain’s status as a world power and shrank the horizons of his father’s class.

In the imagination of Channel 4 News’s anchorman, neocons have attained supernatural powers. They are time travellers responsible for “overthrowing Mossadegh in 1953 and Arbenz in 1954”, even though the neoconservative movement wasn’t born until the 1970s, two decades after the liberal Republican administration of General Eisenhower organised coups in Iran and Guatemala.

They are also shape-shifters who organised the “carpet bombing of Cambodia” in 1970 and the coup in Chile against Salvador Allende on September 11, 1973, which would be news to the historians who say that the man responsible for both crimes was Henry Kissinger, a “realist” who no more believed in the neocon dream of using force to spread democracy than he believed in fairies at the bottom of the garden. (He still doesn’t.)

Worst of all, they are body snatchers, who prey on gullible members of the English aristocracy. Allow me to explain.

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J. Isaacs
July 23rd, 2008
4:07 PM
Snow's most recent outing is as an amateur cook on Gordon Ramsay's "the f word" cookery show, where he burns his cakes. Gordon then gives him a present of a red tie with the f word printed on it. Snow says he will wear it for special events. Not very manly. Perhaps he is preparing to transfer his talents to light entertainment.

Sorab Shroff
July 18th, 2008
1:07 PM
Jon Snow recently interviewed the Chinese ambassador to the UK. "Thank you so much for joining us, a rare glimpse, for once, of the official chinese point of view," he said at the end, almost salivating at the woman, the Chinese ambassador. In the interview, she claimed the chinese police who ran around the Olympic flame in London were, "young boys...PHD students, kind boys, I ran with them myself in Chinatown. Jon, in China their parents will be sad to hear people in England referred to them as paramilitaries. In China parents only have one child." He then said to her, tenderly, "People here are concerned about the human rights of people in China. Do you think, it is a case of perception? That, the notion of western concepts of human rights and democracy is different from that in China?" She goes on to condemn the Dalai Lama, employing the most amusing sophistry, "Is he a spiritual leader? Or is he a politician?" She smiles pithily. Jon Snow looks at her in awe - as if she has, at a stroke, ended all arguments on this issue. Read the nuts interview printed here :

July 17th, 2008
11:07 AM
I don't agree 100% with what NIck Cohen says all the time but at least he seems to look at things with more intelligence and thought than the typical knee-jerk leftie-liberals in the guardian. Its getting to the point where the more traditionally right wing papers are actually the showcase for the intelligent liberals and the guardian for the journalists that make you think "I can't believe they're paid for this"

July 9th, 2008
6:07 PM
I thought the use of the word 'unmanly' made the piece myself. The whole article was building up to it. Noone would object to 'feminine', so it's sheer nonsense to carp at an adjective that suggests there are positive masculine virtues and in certain individuals a lack thereof. I might go so far as to suggest that those who object to the term are most likely themselves exceedingly unmanly.

Robert Williams
July 9th, 2008
3:07 PM
I liked this Telegraph comment about Snow's outburst over Harry.. "I hope Mr. Snow will be equally incandescent with the Editors of his own programme if the detailed activities, timetables and specific whereabouts of Channel Four Journalists reporting in Zimbabwe or in the Sudan are intentionally concealed from the public. Then again, surely he will be sufficiently principled to broadcast this information without waiting for approval from his superiors. The possibilities for the murder or long-term imprisonment of his work colleagues surely are hugely outweighed by his personal sense of morality and application to journalistic truth? Come on John Snow, next time one of your office buddies is on an exposee of the Burmese Junta, make sure you tell us precisely where they are in country, and broadcast clear and recent images of such journalists and mobile crew. Your personal crusade of pompous self-importance demands no less." Posted by Douglas Carter on March 1, 2008 1:18 AM

July 8th, 2008
3:07 PM
There is a reason that I left (reading) the Guardian and that was not because of people like Nick. Rather it was because of the complacent, post-modern, valueless people (such as Madeline of Our Sorrows and George Moonbat) who argued that rescuing people from tyranny was evil. Nick's book "What's Left?" was wonderful and a real shock to read and discover the moral depravity of the modern left.

July 6th, 2008
11:07 PM
Again Nick Cohen shows why he is our top journalist. His recent absence from The Observer is disconcerting. I only hope he is writing a new book.

July 6th, 2008
9:07 PM
Snow's bias is never more clear when you contrast the way Ch4 reports Gitmo prisoner cases in contrast with allegations against troops in Iraq. The Gitmo guys claims are always accepted at face value, no matter how ludicrous. In contrast American and British accounts of engagements are disregarded in favour of lurid and unverified claims of "atrocities",

July 4th, 2008
11:07 AM
such a load of hot air. The whole article boils down to Snow unhapiness with not being able to report the harry/afghanistan. Supposedly this is like reporting "troop movements in wartime" or the "secret location" of maxine carr,neither of course are honest comparisons as it was snows wish to report that he was serving in afghanistan rather than give the taliban gps co-ordinates.poor

June 30th, 2008
7:06 PM
Good piece, though I agree that the use of the adjective 'unmanly' was puzzling, and not really appropriate.

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