Appearances on British television by Sebastian Gorka, formerly a deputy assistant to President Trump, are reason to fetch the popcorn. Because in contrast to many who purport to be on the Right of UK politics, but who nevertheless seem to yearn for Leftist approval, the expat who spent 2017 in the White House evidently relishes combat with Britain’s bien pensant broadcasters.
Sebastian Gorka and Jordan Peterson are unlikely to be political soulmates; nonetheless, the duo share an ability to remain composed and articulate during antagonistic cross-examinations by Leftists and each has the happy knack of exposing the bias and hostility inherent in the questioning.
British-born Gorka is much the more aggressive interviewee; unsurprising given that his verbal jousts invariably are with sufferers of Trump Derangement Syndrome, such as the presenters of Channel 4 News. ‘I grew up in the UK,’ Gorka informed the station’s Matt Frei during President Trump’s July visit to Britain, ‘and I know there’s not a lot of Tories at Channel 4 or ITN. The idea of you saying anything nice about Donald Trump is absolutely absurd.’
Actually, Seb, ‘not a lot of Tories’ understates your case: within the editorial and presenting team at Channel 4 News, there can be no one remotely Right-leaning; certainly, regular anchors Jon ‘F*** the Tories’ Snow, Cathy ‘So-what-you’re-saying-is’ Newman and Krishnan Gurning-Mouthy are all exemplars of the Metropolitan Left.
As is occasional host Frei, whose description of The Donald ‘squirming’ while in the UK brought the retort: ‘You live in an Alice in Wonderland fairy tale . . . I know it’s wishful thinking on your behalf but it’s not a reflection of reality.’
Having already told Frei that the President is a ‘friend to anyone in the Judeo-Christian civilisation who stands by western values’, Gorka was equally resolute when countering Frei’s claim that, on immigration, the President had just ‘given a very dark vision of the effects of immigration on Europe . . . many people in this country thought his particular assertion was not just anti-immigrant but also frankly tinged with a bit of racism’.
‘I’ve worked for the man and I know the man; there isn’t a racist molecule in his body,’ averred Gorka. ‘This is why it’s so important to come on channels like yours that are so utterly biased.’
And come back he did, returning on September 6 to face more hostile questioning from Channel 4 News. The interview with Cathy Newman begins at 5:00.
This time the subject was the anonymous op-ed, published in New York Times, by ‘part of the resistance inside the Trump administration’ – an article that for Sebastian Gorka is ‘somebody’s febrile fevered dreams of radical Leftism’ but which Cathy Newman, with characteristic impartiality, reckons will ‘make Trump more unstable, more apt to lash out’.
‘I reject your adjective – he’s perhaps the most successful president in modern history,’ was Seb’s rejoinder. Gorka recited a litany of Trump’s achievements, among which are ‘lowest unemployment for a generation’, ‘lowest unemployment for Hispanics and black Americans since record-keeping began’ and ‘doubling GDP growth from the Obama years’. For good measure, he also included the excoriation: ‘I know ITN and Channel 4 are rank Left-wing journalists but look at the last 18 months, just look at the facts.’
‘And all those successes that you list are despite, not because of, the president, according to this anonymous author in the New York Times,’ chimed Cathy.
‘It wasn’t because of the president?’ queried Gorka, emitting a hollow laugh. ‘For every executive order he’s signed, he’s rescinded 22, unleashing the American economy . . . you’re going to put that on the doorstep of Obama?’
This came after Gorka had asked of his interviewer: ‘Come on, is this a comedy show? Is this Morecambe and Wise? Is this the Two Ronnies? Give me a break, this is like the Morecambe & Wise Christmas Special.’ In fact, not only did Newman abruptly end the interview with ‘I don’t know whether you’re Morecambe or Wise’, the bickering allusions to Eric and Ernie continued on Twitter.
Morecambe and Wise were actually FUNNY. https://t.co/xZOQ08f90Q
— Sebastian Gorka DrG (@SebGorka) September 6, 2018
During Gorka’s querying of whether he was on a news or comedy broadcast, Newman had recited: ‘Just to clarify, we are not rank Left-wing journalists, we are impartial journalists regulated by Ofcom, our broadcasting watchdog. If we were rank Left-wing journalists we would lose our licence.’
Hearing Cathy Newman deny that Channel 4 News has an intrinsic Left-wing bias perhaps is funnier than anything Eddie Braben ever wrote for Morecambe and Wise. The pity is that it should require a Canadian professor or a naturalised American political adviser and commentator to force the UK’s media Lefties on to the defensive.