The British Evasion

  • Aired:  11/14/12
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The BBC scraps its investigative report about BBC personality Jimmy Savile's decades-long pedophilia and instead runs a glowing tribute to the late sex offender. (5:50)

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE).

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK!

FOR CENTURIES BRITISH JOURNALISM WAS THE GOLD STANDARD OF REPORTAGE.

AUTHORITATIVE MEN TELLING YOU IN CLIPPED ACCENTS ABOUT TRAIN ROBBERIES, GERMAN BOMBS AND RAIN.

(LAUGHTER) MOSTLY RAIN.

(LAUGHTER) BUT YOU HAVE TO REMEMBER THE GRAND TRADITION SUFFERED A BIT OF A BLOW LAST YEAR WHEN IT WAS

DISCOVERED BRITISH TABLOIDS HAVE BEEN HACKING THE PHONES OF NOT JUST HUGH GRANT BUT DEAD BRITISH

SOLDIERS AND CHILD MURDER VICTIMS.

FOR BRITISH JOURNALISM IT WAS REAL -- GOOGLY IN THE COLLYWOBBLES.

(LAUGHTER) BUT THAT WAS RUPERT MURDOCH'S DOING WHO IS, AS THE BRITS WOULD SAY, AN AS (BLEEP).

(LAUGHTER) OH, THEY'RE -- OH, THERE'S A -- (APPLAUSE).

THEIR WORD FOR THAT IS THE SAME AS OURS.

(LAUGHTER) BUT THAT'S NOT REALLY ABOUT THE BRITISH MEDIA.

THAT'S JUST MURDOCH STUFF.

THE BRITISH MEDIA REMAINED UNTARNISHED BY THAT TYPE OF TAWDRY PHONE HACKING UNPLEASANTNESS.

>> THE BBC IN CRISIS.

>> IT STARTED WITH JIMMY SAVILE.

>> HE WAS LIKE THE BRITISH VERSION OF OUR DICK CLARK.

>> THE WILD EYED, WILD HAIR BUD MUCH BELOVED BBC STAR NOW DECEASED WHO POLICE BELIEVE MAY

BE ONE OF BRITAIN'S WORST PREDATORY SEX OFFENDERS EVER WITH POSSIBLY HUNDREDS OF

VICTIMS OVER FOUR DECADES.

THEY SAY SOME ABUSE MAY HAVE HAPPENED ON BBC PROPERTY.

>> Jon: WAIT!

THAT GUY?

(LAUGHTER) THAT CREEPY LOOKING DUDE WAS BRITAIN'S DICK CLARK?

LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING!

FIRST OF ALL, DICK CLARK DIDN'T LOOK LIKE ROUTE TKPWER HAUER PLAYING ONE OF THE CHILD

CATCHERS FROM "CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG." (LAUGHTER) I DON'T WANT TO JUDGE A BOOK BY

ITS COVER BUT IF THIS FELLOW WAS A BOOK I'M PRETTY SURE THE COVER WOULD BE "DON'T LEAVE ME ALONE

WITH YOUR KIDS: THE JIMMY SAVILE STORY." WHAT DID THIS NOW KNOWN PEDOPHILE HOST?

WELL, IT WAS A HUGELY POPULAR SHOW CALLED JIM "JIM EEL FIX IT" WHERE CHILDREN WOULD WRITE IN

AND HE WOULD GRANT THEIR WISHES.

THEIR WISHES.

(AUDIENCE REACTS) HE WAS LIKE SANTA CLAUS.

BUT REAL AND A PEDOPHILE.

(LAUGHTER) SO REALLY NOTHING LIKE SANTA CLAUS.

ALL RIGHT, THIS IS A HORRIFIC STORY.

BUT THE BBC WEREN'T THE ONLY ONES WHO FAILED TO LOOK SO TOO CLOSELY INTO JIMMY SAVILE'S ACTIVITIES.

HE RECEIVED A KNIGHT HOOD AND NOT JUST FROM THE QUEEN BUT ALSO-- AND THIS IS TRUE-- FROM

THE POPE.

(AUDIENCE REACTS) YEAH.

I KNOW.

THE VATICAN UNABLE TO DETECT -- (LAUGHTER).

BOGGLES THE MIND.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE) BUT THE BBC IS A 90-YEAR-OLD BROADCASTING INSTITUTION.

THEY'RE GOING TO HANDLE THIS.

AS LONG AS THEY HANDLE IT PROPERLY I THINK THEY CAN WEATHER THE STORM.

>> BBC WAS WORKING ON AN INVESTIGATIVE REPORT ON THIS BUT DROPPED IT, SPARKING ALLEGATIONS

AGAINST THE BBC OF A COVERUP.

>> THE BBC AXED THIS DAMNING REPORT FROM ITS NEWS NIGHT PROGRAM INSTEAD AIRING A GROWING

TRIBUTE TO JIMMY SAVILE THE DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS.

(AUDIENCE REACTS).

>> Jon: (LAUGHS) THE AUDIENCE TONIGHT IS LIKE A LIVING EMOTICON.

(LAUGHTER) LET ME RECAP THIS FOR A SECOND.

HUH?

A TOP BBC EMPLOYEE SYSTEMATICALLY ABUSED CHILDREN FOR DECADES WITH NO ONE IN THE

ENTIRE COMPANY AT ANY POINT GOING "HEY, WHAT'S ALL THIS THEN?" (LAUGHTER) THEN WHEN THEY FINALLY

INVESTIGATED, THE BBC NEWS FOUND OUT-- ONLY A HALF CENTURY TOO LATE-- IT (BLEEP) CANNED ITS OWN

REPORT ON THE SEX OFFENDER AND AIRED A TRIBUTE TO HIM INSTEAD.

(AUDIENCE REACTS) THIS IS ROCK BOTTOM, RIGHT?

PLEASE TELL ME THIS DOES NOT GET WORSE.

>> THINGS GOT EVEN WORSE WHEN THE BBC'S FLAGSHIP PROGRAM "NEWS NIGHT" AIRED A STORY WRONGLY

IMPLICATING A FORMER POLITICIAN OF SEXUAL ABUSE AT A CHILDREN'S HOME.

>> Jon: HOLY (BLEEP).

(LAUGHTER) ALTHOUGH, ON THE BRIGHT SIDE, AT LEAST SOMEONE GOT ACCUSED OF PEDOPHILIA, RIGHT?

(LAUGHTER) NOT THE RIGHT BUY BUT BABY STEPS.

I'VE GOT TO SAY ALL THAT THIS MAKES MURDOCH PHONE TAPPING LOOK ALMOST QUAINT.

THERE'S NOT MANY TIMES WE GET TO LOOK DOWN ON BRITAIN AND FEEL SUPERIOR, WHICH IS WHY IT IS SO

SATISFYING WHEN WE CAN.

UNFORTUNATELY FOR US WE ARE SEPARATED BY AN OCEAN FROM THE CBS' SORDID, DISGUSTINGS ME.

>> AND THE REASON THIS IS IMPORTANT FOR THE UNITED STATES RIGHT NOW LIES AN INTERESTING

STORY IS THE DIRECTOR GENERAL OF BBC 50 DAYS AGO -- FORMER DIRECTOR GENERAL, MARK THOMPSON

WILL NOW NEXT WEEK TAKE OVER AS THE HEAD OF THE "NEW YORK TIMES." (AUDIENCE REACTS).

>> Jon: WHAT?

SO THAT EXPLAIN THE "TIMES" NEW SLOGAN "ALL THE NEWS THAT FITS UNDER THE CARPET."

(LAUGHTER) WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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