Andrew Marr

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(journalist, propagandist)
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Born31 July 1959
Glasgow, Scotland

Andrew William Stevenson Marr [1] is a British journalist and presenter for radio and television. Beginning his career as a political commentator, he subsequently edited The Independent newspaper (1996–1998) and was political editor of BBC News (2000–2005).

In September 2005, he moved to presenting the BBC's Sunday morning flagship news programme Sunday AM, known as The Andrew Marr Show since September 2007;[2] the slot was previously filled by Breakfast with Frost and hosted by Sir David Frost. Marr also presents the BBC Radio 4 programme Start the Week.

In May and June 2007, the BBC broadcast Andrew Marr's History of Modern Britain. He presented the series of five one-hour documentaries chronicling the history of Britain from 1945 to 2007.

Writing about the COVID-19 deep event and hinting at the imminent move to climate change as the next agenda, Marr directly wrote of the existence of a deep state:

“A final lesson is that Westminster and the state are two very different things. The state includes the NHS, national science labs, networks of experts […] I now feel we should spend less time on the distracting national puppet show and more time thinking about what I might delicately call the deeper sources of authority.”
Andrew Marr (August 14, 2021)  [3]

Like Laura Kuenssberg, he will be leaving the BBC in late 2021.[4]

Iraq War

As political editor of BBC News, Marr fully supported the invasion of Iraq in 2003 that led to decades of war. John Pilger pointed out[5]:

In February 2003, the day after Blair and Bush had set fire to Iraq, the BBC's political editor, Andrew Marr, stood in Downing Street and made what amounted to a victory speech. He excitedly told his viewers that Blair had "said they would be able to take Baghdad without a bloodbath, and that in the end the Iraqis would be celebrating. And on both of those points he has been proved conclusively right."


Noam Chomsky once famously told Marr, when Marr reacted with indignation at what he inferred to be an accusation from Chomsky that he was self-censoring:

I don’t say you’re self-censoring. I’m sure you believe everything you’re saying. But what I’m saying is, if you believed something different you wouldn’t be sitting where you’re sitting.[6][7]

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