This morning I attended the UKIP Manifesto Press Launch in Westminster at 10am. The organs of our ‘free press’ performed according to their usual practice.
The questions from the floor started with accusations that we were ‘showing disrespect’ for the victims of the Manchester bombing because we held it before the 11am silence.
Paul Nuttall pointed out to them that he had indeed wanted to do it after 11am, but that the broadcast media said that, ‘would not work for them’; that is, they would not have it in time for the lunchtime news programmes at 12pm.
Nevertheless, UKIP had to be attacked about something, so they kicked off their attacks with that.
Less and less people buy newspapers, or watch news programmes. Why is that? It is because they know they are being fed a diet of left-wing, politically correct propaganda.
It is not so much that the organs of the media promote particular parties (although some do), but they create a climate in which they browbeat politicians, and candidates for office, into only mouthing that which is acceptable to the media.
I have been asking the UKIP leadership and press office for some time to restrict access to our press conferences, and Party Conferences, to those organs of the media that have some semblance of actually doing their job in reporting the news, and not just attacking us.
Personally, I will not talk to Channel 4 News, the Guardian, the Times or Sunday Times. There is no point, you know that they are merely going to attack, misrepresent and distort whatever you say.
It is true that they also attack the Conservative and Labour parties to some extent, but only on those subjects where they want them to conform to their way of thinking.
The media are not there to inform the public what is actually going on in politics, they are there to try and make the public think in a certain way.