FAKE NEWS WATCH: Express Says Batten ‘Quits Moments After Becoming Leader’.
Gerard Batten MEP was elected unopposed as the new leader of UKIP last night. However, his ascension was reported in the most ridiculous, fake news, fashion you could possibly imagine by the Sunday Express:
Of course, UKIP is not “in turmoil” at all. In fact, it is arguably in its most stable position that I have known it to be in my time within the Party. Mr Batten in his acceptance letter merely honored the promise he had made previously to members and leading Party figures. He clearly said in a previous letter:
I am prepared to stand as Leader and hold office for the next twelve months.
A small detail that the Sunday Express omitted from its story because, of course, it does not suit its biased narrative. it is not even technically true that Mr. Batten has quit, he has merely stated the date when he will step aside.
The mainstream media is however totally consistent in one thing, it’s visceral hatred for UKIP and its desire to publish what it wants us to say to suit that agenda rather than what we actually say. I cannot personally imagine a more compelling case for us developing our own media than this article from a newspaper which is sometimes viewed as a ‘friend’ to UKIP. We simply cannot rely on them to get our message out as we want it to go out. This is why we need to up our social and independent media game urgently or else we will continue to suffer this distortion and it will understandably damage our standing with the wider public. It is not a luxury or an optional extra but a total necessity.