President Ahmadinejad's address will focus on spiritual messages of seasonal goodwill, but also contains an attack on "bullying, ill-tempered and expansionist powers".To be fair, this seems somewhat consistent with Channel 4's practice of airing opposing viewpoints. Early last year they broadcast The Great Global Warming Swindle, an excellent dismantling of the anthropogenic global warming argument.
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Stephen Smith, director of the Holocaust Centre, said the president's message of peace was "deceptive", describing him as a "wolf in sheep's clothing".
He criticised "the fact that somebody who openly denies the Holocaust is given legitimacy on prime-time television, someone who uses Holocaust denial to be divisive.
"This message of so-called peace needs to be treated very carefully."
Philip Davies MP, a Tory member of the culture select committee, said that the address was "completely unacceptable on every level".
"His previous comments don't strike me as being in tune with what most people feel at Christmas time. He is an offensive man and the last person you would want to use for a Christmas message.
"Channel 4 have lost sight of what a Christmas message should be. They are trying to be controversial for the sake of being controversial, and are treating their viewers with contempt by pretending this is not a publicity stunt."
But really...Ahmadinejad of all people?