Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Adam Boulton Heads West

Sky News has just announced that Adam Boulton will be be spending the first four months of 2009 in Washington, covering the first 100 days of the Obama presidency. Lucky bugger. They must be fairly confident there won't be a Spring general election. Adam Boulton said...

“Barack Obama’s election is already historic and his Presidency will mark one of the great periods of change of our time. I’m really looking forward to this chance to take a ‘busman’s holiday’ from Westminster and cover developments in the US along with our award-winning foreign affairs team.”

I always said that Adam has the best job in political journalism. Now I know I was right!


strapworld said...

good riddance.

I do know that SKY have had an unprecedented number of complaints about Boulton and his bias towards the Labour Government.

This is their way of sidelining him.

The only thing I will say is that they are left with the former Daily Express hack, who loves rumours. The Spencer weekend man who loves black and white (clothes)! and, perhaps, one who could become quite a reasnobale politics correspondent Joey Jones.

I think that Boulton's replacement should be that chap that does the newspaper reviews, at times, whatsisname IAIN DALE!

Catosays said...

Good, let's hope he likes it so much there that he stays...forever. Arrogant oaf!

Bert Rustle said...

Adam Boulton wrote ... Barack Obama’s election is already historic and his Presidency will mark one of the great periods of change of our time ...

I would hazard a guess that it will be more of the same.

In the Wall Street Journal www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/23/AR2008112301590_pf.html article “YWCA survey reveals women's priorities for Obama”

… More than three-fourths of young women, those ages 18-29 and known as Generation Y, want incoming President Barack Obama to make civil rights and racial justice top priorities of his administration, a survey says.

While Obama's election as the nation's first black president was interpreted by many as a sign of racial progress, findings in the survey done for YWCA USA suggest that much work remains to be done.

… Younger women will demand and expect more from the new administration than their older counterparts on such pressing domestic matters as health care, the cost and quality of education, the housing crisis, and HIV and AIDS.

… half of these younger women say ethnic- or religious-based discrimination will be a "major obstacle" to their progress as a whole, compared with 31 percent of older women.

"I don't think that the election of Obama in anyone's eyes has given anyone the belief that racism has ended in this country," Cole added.

Younger women are more likely than older women to say discrimination against blacks (42 percent versus 24 percent) and Hispanics (28 percent versus 18 percent) is a very serious problem. …

At Lawrence Auster’s blog Sage McLaughlin writes:

… I've been waiting for the examples of the "bait and switch" to start rolling in. Before the election, liberals were banging on about Obama's role as a "uniter," as a person who would end racial division and signal the beginning of a new, cooperative era of racial harmony.

… Last week, the head of the Black Coaches' Association (BCA) was on ESPN complaining about the dearth of head coaches in the college football ranks. His rationale was remarkable in the present context. He said that, if we could elect a black president, what was so backward about our collegiate athletics programs that we could not name more than six black head football coaches? Aha, I said, there it is. Obama's presidency is going to be used as an argument for affirmative action, and this will be the dreary refrain: "Obama can be president, so why can't Black Man X have Prestigious Position Y?"

If the election of a black president is in itself a good thing, the essence of social virtue--irrespective of any other considerations--then the promotion of blacks as blacks will become the normative, enlightened policy across the board. The Obama presidency, rather than assuaging this sense of entitlement on the part of blacks, will only serve to inflame it …

Justin said...

I got that Sky News spam as well, Iain.

Anonymous said...

Spare me whilst I throw up.

T England. Raised from the dead. said...


I'm so looking forward to hearing his drival about his new idol, NOT!

At least we don't HAVE to pay for his holiday & the crawly bum lick his going to feed SKY with!

strapworld said...


Perhaps one of your surveys on what your readers believe will be history's take on the Presidency of Obama.

I think he will be the biggest damp squid since Jimmy Carter.

Iain Dale said...

Justin, I think it's called a press release... :)

Unsworth said...

@ Strapworld

Damp squid? What's that?

Anonymous said...

Sky is owned by Murdoch's News Coporation, not surprised about Brown slant by Sky and Times. I do not think he can act othewise and still keep his job. Murdoch hates Rudd and Obama and I can't think why he should like Brown but he does. May be he thinks that Brown will keep
BBC as license-fee paying outfit, leaving his Sky for advert income?

evil g said...

This is pathetic.

When is everyone going to stop fawning over Obama?

Anonymous said...

Many Nu Lab bigwigs were at his wedding. I think he married someone who worked for the Blairs. I always take anything he says with a pinch of salt as he's too close to one party.
I take Robinson on BBC more seriously as John Prescott once called him a 'f***ing pill**k' (during 2005 GE I think). Anyone who upsets Nu Lab that much must be alright.

Yak40 said...

I hope he takes time to get away from DC & NYC and visit "flyover country".
The UK media is full of reporters who think Washington DC etc is "America". In fact most of the country is very unlike DC, thank goodness.

David Anthony said...

Yes, but he's never blogged from the Oval Office... so all is fair.