When it comes to attacking the liberal elite then there’s no more persistant offender than the vaguely interesting Nigel Farage. He claims he can read their altruistic minds faster than Gary Lineker can lick ladies underwear.
Earlier today the ex-Ukip leader used an appearance on the BBC Andrew Marr Show to defend Donald Trump’s decision to re-tweet three Britain First videos. During the interview Nigel Farage attacked the ‘liberal elite’ insisting they had over-reacted to the situation.
Mr Farage said:
“Do I think those tweets were in good taste? Not particularly, no. But the point is that the level of outrage from the liberal elite in this country is out of all proportion with what happened here.”
I guess what Nigel Farage means by ‘liberal elites’ are the salacious and liberal arts grads who now dominate the established media.
It’s worth Googling the names of reporters who wrote long and informed pieces on Donald Trump/Britain First affair. The entire purpose of their stories was to turn an unpleasant social media broadcast into a narrative which suited a less partisan news agenda – and then hope a largely uninformed readership would agree with them.
To a great extent they achieved their objective. However, there’s a growing number of people who were less than convinced. Unfortunately for them whenever these disingenuous news outlets hear dissenting voices they shout them down with narcissistic accusations of bigotry, racism and racial hatred. In doing so the established media has created a void. An empty void which belongs to the Voice of the People. A void into which the far-right has now stepped.
Fill The Void
Perhaps a truth, whole truth and nothing but the truth approach in the reporting of these issues is what’s needed now. Fill the void. Yes, allow the ‘Voice of the People’ to be heard.
I know, it’s a utopian dream to build a new and perfect society in which everyone is happy. So sayeth the wise man, but what constitutes good and balanced journalism today? Impossible to say? I’d agree, news outlets now have rapid response teams that won’t allow a negative opinion to fester for more than a millisecond before firing off a salvo of misleading flares and redirects all of which are designed to change public perception.
Okay, so good journalism might sometimes find itself at odds with what people wish to believe. However, many journalists don’t factor in how readers respond to their writing. That’s scary because in the end, if nobody believes what journalists write it’s probably a sign that true reporting is dead.
Yes, believe anything you read. If enough people believe it’s fake news, then it’s real. We can’t reboot the Internet. So just feast on whatever news supports your views. That way we all win.