Fake news and radical right will soon be under increased scrutiny
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 27 January 2017, 14:16
HOPE not hate will shortly be launching a new investigative unit to challenge, probe and analyse the growing threat, and lies, posed by and from the radical and populist right.
We’ll be turning our focus on the cesspool inhabited by an array of far-right sites, populist political parties and movements, and some of the new kids on the block attempting to rebrand old hatreds (‘alt-right’, etc).
Our new team will be made up of experienced journalists and researchers, backed by a digital unit.
Now, more than ever, we need to forensically analyse the so-called populist and radical right and their modus operandi.
It’s not enough to just expose the violent haters – which of course we will continue to do.
We have to be able to shine a light on those who poison communities, poison the airwaves and choke social media with their rhetoric, as organised hatred takes on new forms in this new era. We have to drag out those lies into full view and, by doing so, help those that believe them understand the falsehood which sits behind them.
In a world where black can seem white, when the stock-in-trade is in fake news, now more than ever: truth matters.
Dispel will be the blog that accompanies our new investigative unit.
It will focus not just on the UK, but also international issues, monitoring the likes of the ‘alt-right’-friendly Breitbart and Arron Banks’ new Westmonster blog, as well as some of Britain’s most virulent right-wing commentators.
We will take on, expose and counter the growing influence of key online rightwing bloggers such as Millennial Woes and Prison Planet, as well as social media propagandists such as former Britain First leader Jim Dowson, who HOPE not hate and The New York Times revealed had run a “constellation” of pro-Trump websites and Facebook pages ahead of the US elections.
Dowson, who has become closely connected to prominent Russian political figures over the last two years, boasted of making it his mission to “spread devastating anti-Clinton, pro-Trump memes and sound bites into sections of the population too disillusioned with politics to have taken any notice of conventional campaigning.” His memes and articles were watched and shared millions of times.
Donald Trump’s election success and the anti-immigration campaign waged by Arron Banks’ Leave.EU highlighted the impact of social media in poisoning the political narrative.
Backed by Breitbart and other far-right blogs and commentators, the new far-right threat is whipping up an atmosphere of hate and – ultimately – undermining our democracies.
Hatred knows no national boundaries, thanks to social media, which is why we’ll also be collaborating with organisations in both the USA and Europe to assist with our investigations and rebuttals.
This is now a global fight
Donald Trump’s chief strategist, former Breitbart editor-in-chief Steve Bannon, told a small rightwing audience at the Vatican in 2014 that the West was facing a “crisis of capitalism” after losing its “Judeo-Christian foundation.”
He said that Breitbart’s mission was to create a global news agency to spread its message to an international audience.
Breitbart has written articles which are very positively inclined to the far-right Front National, Geert Wilders’ Freedom Party and the anti-Muslim AfD in Germany. In the immediate aftermath of Trump’s election Breitbart announced it was expanding its media operation in the UK, France and Germany.
It is now our turn to do the same. And as we go forwards, I ask you to support our efforts. Stay turned for more developments. Dispel will correct the wrongs and and truth will have the last word.
Posted: 27 Jan 2017 | There are 3 comments
Comment 1 | From: Millennial Woes | Date: 29 January 2017, 14:07
Two days in and no comments yet, so let me be the first to say that I am very excited about this new venture.
Comment 2 | From: Ryan Clarke. | Date: 5 February 2017, 20:58
All the best. You have all my support. Never again.
Comment 3 | From: Ayesha Entodoelmundo | Date: 9 February 2017, 12:16
Good luck - this needs to be done. I just watched the Channel 4 film on the popularity of the alt-right. I don't read right wing websites so I didn't know all this was even out there. We need a campaign of people going on to these vlogs and dispelling the rubbish they assert. People who read right wing propaganda are out there trolling websites with their nonsense and we need to do the same to them if there's any hope of showing people which version of the facts is in fact the truth.
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