You weren’t dreaming. Britain’s broadcast media totally lost it last night.

Rod Liddle on BBC Question Time panel and Tommy Robinson interviewed on Sky News
Afroze Fatima Zaidi

Last night was an epic fail for mainstream British media, and it highlighted more than ever why movements like #ChangeTheMedia are needed. The BBC decided to put hate-spewing Rod Liddle on Question Time, and Sky News interviewed far-right leader Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (Tommy Robinson).

Liddle, currently associate editor at the Spectator, has previously been accused of misogyny and racism. Yaxley-Lennon, meanwhile, was sent to prison for allegedly endangering a trial involving paedophilia. Their TV appearances coinciding on British TV has not gone unnoticed:

The two men were given airtime on mainstream TV on the same day a square was named after MP Jo Cox in Brussels:

What’s the point?

On the one hand, defenders of free speech suggest we need to ‘hear out’ the likes of Yaxley-Lennon. But others argue that airing hateful views is little more than a marketing ploy:

https://twitter.com/HKesvani/status/1045579731444404229?s=20

It seems neither Sky nor the BBC understand the implications:

https://twitter.com/HKesvani/status/1045336794429095937?s=20

Switch it off

People have expressed the need to question the mainstream media, and disengage from increasingly ridiculous programmes like Question Time altogether:

Although seeing Labour MP Ian Lavery say “I’m not your mate” to Liddle was definitely fun:

When will the mainstream media learn? And for how long will it relegate the left to the margins, while putting far-right views like Yaxley-Lennon’s centre-stage?

If Jo Cox’s death has taught us one thing, surely it would be that hateful views do not deserve a platform in British media.

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Afroze Fatima Zaidi