Channel 4 is sinking to appalling depths to court controversy and boost flagging ratings, by airing a Jew-hating, gay-bashing tyrant, in a deeply offensive TV message during a Christian celebration.
The insulting broadcast by Iran's president, as part of C4's 'alternative' Christmas message, is a disgraceful act of wilful publicity, justified by the usual pseudo-liberal clap-trap.
Even the government has condemned the broadcast, with the foreign office saying that allowing Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad to deliver Channel 4's 'Alternative Christmas Message' will cause international offence. Too right.
This is a dangerous fanatic with well-documented anti-semitic and anti-gay views, a despotic ruler using 'religion' as an excuse for a fascist regime preaching hatred and bigotry.
Reminiscent of a student union debate, which deliberately uses controversial speakers to drum up interest, Channel 4 justified its broadcast with a pathetic claim that it was offering viewers an "alternative world view".
But Channel 4 is a state-owned and publicly-subsidised broadcaster and the prats at the top should realise with that comes responsibility, taste and decency. At best it's a deeply embarrassing, national disgrace.
The Orange Party doesn't give a fig what this fascist bastard may say during his broadcast. Allowing an outrageous tyrant airtime is an insult to Jews around the world and condones the actions of a regime which oppresses homosexuals and treats women as second class citizens.
Who next Robert Mugabee? Why not go the whole hog and just re-run some of Hitler's anti-semitic speeches, dressed up as the 'alternative' voice?
Labour MP Louise Ellman, of the Labour Jewish Movement, said: "I condemn Channel 4's decision to give an unchallenged platform to a dangerous fanatic who denies the holocaust while preparing for another, and claims homosexuality does not exist while his regime hangs gay young men from cranes in the street."
Channel 4 has deliberately and wilfully given a platform to a despot who has made no secret of of the fact he wants to wipe Israel from the face of the earth and persecute Christians.
More importantly, it is disturbing that a national broadcaster would stoop so low to try to shock its pitiful audience to grab headlines and boost ratings.
Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell called on the broadcaster to "pull the plug on this criminal despot, who ranks with Robert Mugabe, Omar al-Bashir of Sudan and the Burmese military junta as one of the world's most bloody tyrants".
Squirming with the usual and predictable twisted pseudo-liberal garbage, C4's head of news and current affairs, Dorothy Byrne, said: "As the leader of one of the most powerful states in the Middle East, President Ahmadinejad's views are enormously influential ... As we approach a critical time in international relations, we are offering our viewers an insight into an alternative world view."
The Orange Party will watch with interest which advertisers have chosen to buy advertising slots around this appalling broadcast - but will treat the actual broadcast with the contempt it deserves - and give this fascist despot a very wide berth.