Conservative political commentator, writer and lawyer Ben Shapiro speaks at the 2018 Politicon in Los Angeles, California on October 21, 2018. The two day event covers all things political with dozens of high profile political figures..
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The conservative political commentator Ben Shapiro stormed out of a BBC interview with the host Andrew Neil, accusing the conservative host of being a "leftist."
Shapiro sat down for an interview on BBC to talk about his new book “The Right Side of History: How Reason and Moral Purpose Made the West Great.” Neil, however, pressed on old comments Shapiro had made.
Shaprio accused Neil, a former editor of the Sunday Times and a chairman of a media group that includes right-leaning magazine The Spectator, for harboring left-wing views.
“You purport to be an objective journalist, BBC purports to be an objective, down the middle network,” Shapiro snapped. “It obviously is not, it never has been. And you as a journalist are proceeding to call one side of the political aisle ignorant, barbaric, and sending us back to the dark ages, why don’t you just say you’re on the left.”
Neil retaliated by saying, “Mr. Shapiro, if you only knew how ridiculous that statement is you wouldn’t have said it."
“This whole thing is a waste of time. Frankly, I don’t care — I don’t frankly give a damn what you think of me since I’ve never heard of you,” Shapiro said. “I think we’re done here.”
Shapiro later apologized on Twitter, saying “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.”
Shapiro admitted to being "destroyed" in the interview and claims to have coming unprepared, tweeting “[Andrew Neil] DESTROYS Ben Shapiro! So that's what that feels like ;) Broke my own rule, and wasn't properly prepared. I've addressed every single issue he raised before; see below. Still, it's Neil 1, Shapiro 0.”
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