Ridicule of BBC Host Makes Vidal a YouTube Hit

Author 'knows too much' to be on TV
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 6, 2008 3:21 PM CST

(Newser) – Gore Vidal is a YouTube sensation thanks to his election-night interview by David Dimbleby of the BBC, whom the famously contentious American author mocked mercilessly, the Telegraph reports. Vidal started by saying that he didn’t expect Barack Obama to win so easily, because the Republican Party is desperate to cling to power through “various operatives.” Dimbleby asked if Vidal thought the GOP would try to fix the election.

“I hinted at that, I hinted at that,” Vidal responded. “I thought you would take the hint and not take it as a statement of reality." "Why shouldn't I take it as a statement of reality?" Dimbleby asked. "I don't know why you would because I don't know who you are," said Vidal, who dismissed Dimbleby with a wave of his hand.