Ben Shapiro is the famous, fast-talking conservative pundit who regularly ‘owns’ aggressive university students with his quick wit and rapid repartee in America.
Alas, Shapiro isn’t so ‘crazy smart’ when he comes up against difficult questions from a real interviewer. Yesterday he just couldn’t cope with an interrogation from the BBC’s Andrew Neil. He decided that Neil must be a typical BBC leftist (complaining at one point that he’d never heard of him) and had an epic tantrum, before storming out of the studio.
— Rob Burley (@RobBurl) May 10, 2019
He then realised his blunder, and that he’d confused rigorous questioning with “political Leftism” and was about to become a laughing stock. He then sought to use Twitter to row back…
Just pre-taped an interview with BBC’s @afneil. As I’m not familiar with him or his work, I misinterpreted his antagonism as political Leftism (he termed the pro-life position in America “barbaric”) – and that was apparently inaccurate. For that, I apologize.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) May 9, 2019
Mr S wonders though if American pundits are far less used to robust interrogations…