Ben Shapiro has apologized after a heated interview with BBC host Andrew Neil this week.
The right-wing commentator appeared on Neil’s program to discuss topics including abortion.
At one point, Shapiro asked if he was an “objective journalist or an opinion journalist.”
Neil replied that he is a “journalist who asks questions,” leading Shapiro to assume the host to be a leftist.
“You purport to be an objective journalist, BBC purports to be an objective, down the middle network,” Shapiro said. “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 said his guest’s response was “ridiculous,” escalating the tension until Shapiro ended the segment.
The guest said the entire interview was a “whole waste of time,” going on to disparage the host.
“I don’t give a damn what you think of me since I’ve never heard of you,” he said.
The interviewer said he had never heard of Shapiro before preparing for the interview. From there, the segment further devolved until Shapiro told Neil that “we’re done here.”
He apparently thought better of his remarks after giving them some thought prior to the interview making it to air.
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
“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,” Shapiro tweeted. “For that, I apologize.”