A sordid background for the incoming editor of the New York Times

Here Bill Donohue reports on the BBC sexual abuse scandal and its implications for the New York Times and its new editor: Mark Thompson of the BBC.

BBC personality Jimmy Savile, back in the day.

 

When BBC icon Jimmy Savile died on October 29, 2011, he was mourned by the BBC faithful. Mark Thompson, the BBC’s general director and now president/CEO-elect of the New York Times Company, said he was “very sad” to hear of his death. But many of those who recently grieved would now like to strangle Savile: senior BBC figure Jeremy Vine said this week that Savile is “one of the most serious predatory paedophiles in criminal history—and he was on our doorstep.”
 
The flamboyant, cigar-chomping, big-time charitable fundraiser was, in the words of New York Times columnist Bill Keller, “a combination of Dick Clark of ‘American Bandstand’ and Jerry Lewis, maestro of the muscular dystrophy telethon.” This is true but incomplete: add Liberace, Michael Jackson and Pee Wee Herman to the mix, and the portrait is complete.
 
Savile was Britain’s first DJ. He was also a TV host, miner, wrestler, dancehall manager, cyclist, marathon runner, book reviewer, Mensa member, and a child rapist. His most popular gig was hosting “Top of the Pops,” the legendary U.K. music show. His own program, “Jim’ll Fix It,” lasted almost 20 years; it allowed him to make promises to kids which he tried to fulfill. Unfortunately, for a lot of these kids, Jimmy fixed them alright—they were used to fulfill his own sick needs. He was a switch-hitting, AC/DC, equal opportunity molester who preyed on boys as well as girls (he favored girls), both pre-pubescent and post-pubescent.
 
Everyone knew Sir Jimmy was bizarre, the kind of happy crackpot that was charming, if not engaging. Many suspected he was a pervert, but no one—not a single person over six decades—did anything about it. The question on the table is whether Mark Thompson had anything to do with nixing an investigation into Savile’s sordid behavior. 


William Donohue is president o
The views and opinions expressed herein are those of the author only, not of Spero News.
Filed under crime, politics, paedophilia, us, uk, new york times, crime, media, bbc, Opinion

Comments

Palestinian Authority held liable for $600 million

A lawsuit was decided in a New York City court and found the Palestinian Authority and the Palestine Liberation Organization liable for damages incurred by victims of terrorism.

Argentina: heavy security for Silent March

Hundreds of thousands of Argentines are expected to turn out for Silent March to repudiate mysterious murder of prosecutor Alberto Nisman who was investigating Argentine government's ties to Iran in terrorist bombing. Paramilitary forces will be on hand.

Kitschy Eurovision contest goes political

Eurovision comes during the observances of the centenary of the Muslim genocide of 1.5 million Christians in Turkey.

Barack Obama and the history of History

Living in a material world in a post-religion age.

This page took 0.1211seconds to load