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The Mark Steyn Show, Naomi Wolf, Jamie Jenkins and me


TUESDAY’S edition of the Mark Steyn Show (which airs Tuesday to Friday each week at 8pm, and is accessed via his website) started with him reporting the news of Ofcom’s ruling that a second of his shows on GB News had ‘breached their Covid code’. 

Since they didn’t have the guts last time round it’s unlikely the easily bullied GB News will be challenging it. Instead, we can expect them to obey their summons to the Ofcom headmaster’s office for a carpeting. So it’s left to Mark Steyn, whom GB News let go without a fight, and his guest on the show that day, Naomi Wolf, who was also ruled against, to take on what may well prove be the most important broadcasting battle of the decade – specifically over Ofcom’s covid misinformation ‘policy’ and the censorship of any broadcasting departure from the official covid narrative (or threat of), and broadly over the principle of free speech. They are taking Ofcom to the High Court – and more power to their elbow.  

Disgracefully, given its significance for freedom of speech in this country, their fellow broadcasters have gone remarkably silent. Is there not one editor worried for their journalistic independence, or indeed the principle of balance, prepared to enter the fray to stand up for Mark, not exactly a fly by night rather a highly experienced journalist, writer and broadcaster? We’ll see. Or will they be prepared to forgo their prerogative to question government policy, field contrary opinion and different facts, no matter how important? That is my fear.

So thank god for Steyn’s determination to keep the flame of freedom burning.

His show on Tuesday (now run from the US) did just that. It featured Naomi Wolf telling Mark what she thought of her Ofcom thought-crime conviction, Jamie Jenkins on Britain’s totally out of control immigration and asylum numbers, and finally yours truly on the unconservative Conservatives and my take on Ofcom’s attack on Steyn (and GB News) – Ofcom’s power of judge and jury and the highly subjective ‘harm’ based broadcasting code they’ve used and are using to enforce a broadcasting Covid consensus. Just think how effective it’s been – the only challenge to it got rid of, no longer to be seen on UK TV, and GB News brought into line. No counter narrative across BBC, ITV, SKY or the other TV channels.

You can access and watch the whole programme by clicking here.

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Kathy Gyngell
Kathy Gyngell
Kathy is Editor of The Conservative Woman. She is @kathygyngelltcw on GETTR and is back on Twitter.

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