Owen Jones: Britain’s far right is on the rise – thanks in large part to the media | Owen Jones

By failing to challenge his views, Sky News acts as a recruiting sergeant for Tommy Robinson

When the history of the far-right revival is written, the judgment cast on the British media will be deservedly brutal. Last night, it was the turn of Sky News to play what could be called the game of “clever bastards”. A self-satisfied media elite justifies providing the far right with a platform on the basis that they will expose and therefore discredit Islamophobic bigots, because they are such clever bastards. Yesterday Sky interviewed career criminal and football hooligan Tommy Robinson, a man who has been convicted of offences ranging from assault to fraud. Let me stun you by revealing that, no, the ultimate takedown of Tommy Robinson did not take place. Robinson did have the opportunity to post the full unedited interview on his Facebook page, though: Sky News has provided him with a copy to go viral on social media, presenting himself, again, as a courageous anti-establishment martyr.

Related: ‘Tommy Robinson’ is no martyr to freedom of speech | Owen Jones

Related: Tommy Robinson’s cheerleaders are hypocrites, but his strategy is working | Julia Ebner

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