July 06, 2003


Hereís one BBC reporter who canít be accused of anti-Americanism:

BBC newsgirl Jane O'Brien has dumped her fiance and run off to marry an FBI agent she met while reporting the Gulf War.

Jane, in her thirties, became embedded with the spy while sending back reports for the flagship 6 and 10 O'clock News programmes.

Just HOURS before her scheduled return to Britain at the end of the war, she stunned colleagues by saying she wasn't coming back.

Jane has quit her job, sold her apartment, flown to the US, and married her spy-guy in New York. A BBC spokesman isnít amused:

"She seems to have let quite a few people down, let alone her boyfriend, who must be absolutely devastated."

Sleeping with the enemy. Sheís a traitor to the BBC cause.

Posted by Tim Blair at July 6, 2003 07:38 PM

Another victim of Ashcroft's America.

Posted by: Scott at July 6, 2003 at 10:42 PM

What a bossy-boots employer the beeb is...it's none of their damned business to be making public pronouncements like that!

Posted by: MommaBear at July 6, 2003 at 10:56 PM

Jane, in her thirties, became *embedded* with the spy

HEE HEE HEE, she sure did.

Posted by: Trevor at July 7, 2003 at 12:28 AM

More like the spy became "embedded"...

Posted by: Kathy K at July 7, 2003 at 12:35 AM

Where do they get this "spy" stuff? Can't they tell the difference between a cop and a spy? He's FBI, not CIA. The article itself said that he was working on the museum looting.

Q. How does that relate to clandestine intelligence gathering?

A. "We could tell you, but then we'd have to kill you."

Posted by: Ernie G at July 7, 2003 at 12:45 AM

Under normal circumstances, the PC freaks would be having a buggy fit over the use of the word "newsgirl", but hey, she's a Yank-loving traitor. "Newsgirl"'s too good for her. Newschick! Newswench! Newsslut!

Posted by: Sasha Castel-Dodge at July 7, 2003 at 12:53 AM

Unfair! This guy used unfair FBI rightwing charm techniques on this newsgirl. It was because of his capitalist training that he instinctively asked (first question most likely), "What's your name?" Unfair I tell you. How can us leftists compete with unrestrained individualism such as that? Unfair!

Posted by: Charles at July 7, 2003 at 01:25 AM

Maybe he just had excellent frisking technique

Posted by: Yobbo at July 7, 2003 at 01:28 AM

Nice neocon death beast love story!
Not a patch on the news today:
AFL announces new acronym for the Adelaide CROWs:

"Carey Roots Our Women."

Geez, I love Australia!

Posted by: Pete at July 7, 2003 at 02:04 AM

Yeah, but won't she wake up one day and innocently learn that her new boyfried is involved in some sort of Sinister Guv'ment/Corporate Plot, and then find herself fleeing our Death Squads as she desperately tries to get the Truth out? And that at some point there will be a car chase during which a fruitstand will be upended?

Posted by: Ken Begg at July 7, 2003 at 02:13 AM

I guess the pro-war deathbeasts are doing more than just sexing up intelligence dossiers.

Posted by: Randy R. at July 7, 2003 at 02:50 AM

Bah. This is all entirely too convenient. In a year or three this will be revealed to be a covert BBC operation intended to plant a mole deep in the fabric of the FBI, that most pernicious of American spy agencies.

Good thing the pointy heads at the BBC didn't know it was the *CIA* they should be planting moles in.

Posted by: Harry at July 7, 2003 at 04:39 AM

I gotta remember this as a chat-up line:

"Hey baby, wanna see my credentials?"

Posted by: David Crawford at July 7, 2003 at 05:19 AM

She let down the Beeby Boobies while they merely let down Brits having to fork licence fees.

What a laugh.

Posted by: d at July 7, 2003 at 11:56 AM

What was that about her Beeby Boobies and the FBI guy?

You know, this story was funny when I first saw it, and now it's freakin' hilarious.

Posted by: Meryl Yourish at July 7, 2003 at 12:25 PM

I'll bet its the fact that she got married that also pissed the 'wimmin' at the beeb off.

Fancy a woman in this day and age having to make choices that shock, horror,involve a man!

I can hear their disapproval from here

Posted by: nic at July 7, 2003 at 01:36 PM

Well, the boobies better be worth it because the prospect of being hitched to a beeby appals.

Posted by: d at July 7, 2003 at 02:00 PM

Is it the gun in their pocket that makes these
G-men so attractive to women?

Posted by: Maxi at July 7, 2003 at 03:28 PM

Ahh, another wartime romance blossoms on the frontline - so what else is new!

What is it about these bloody Yanks that makes them so irresistable to Pommie and Aussie wimmen? This has been going on for the past 60 years. Give the local blokes a chance!

"Oversexed, overpaid and over here" - ain't it the truth!

Posted by: Karen at July 7, 2003 at 03:38 PM

"What is it about these bloody Yanks that makes them so irresistable to Pommie and Aussie wimmen?"

We have money, and guns. Security squared. No wonder they love us... har har har har...

Posted by: Kim du Toit at July 7, 2003 at 08:21 PM

Normally, good form , Kim du Tait, requires the reply, `bastard'. Since, however, the FBI man married a Beeby Booby, proper sentiment is,
`the poor bastard, wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy,'( unless he's a mate , though the explanation of this twist escapes me).

Posted by: d at July 9, 2003 at 05:15 PM