More lies, damned lies and smears from the mainstream media now. As you may know, either through attendance or media coverage of it mainly through our company’s livestream of it, there was a pro-Trump rally held outside the US Embassy in Vauxhall last Saturday.
This was not only to show that there are Brits who do support Trump and his agenda (shock horror) but to also show displeasure at our own current system of affairs by comparison. Trump was praised, the likes of wretched career politicians (namely Theresa May, Sadiq Khan and John Bercow) were lambasted and it was a great day all around. Many made speeches (including myself) and it was a great show of affairs, with at the very least hundreds showing up to show support for the 45th President’s visit to our glorious isles.
That being side despite how peaceful it all was, it wasn’t like we were going to receive positive coverage for the event, given the anti-Trump bias that seems to be affecting British culture, politicians, atmosphere and most of all the press at the minute.
It would have been one thing if they just heavily covered the anti-Trump protest and left ours out completely. But while that was mostly the case, one particular outlet had the gall to call our peaceful protest far right.
In a recent article by Reuters titled ‘English far-right activists applaud Donald Trump in central London’, they denounce the peaceful pro-Trump rally as far right. Why? Because of the innocuous connection this one had with the pro-Tommy Robinson rally. Really, I’m not joking.
They emphasise this connection heavily throughout the article, not only slandering Robinson with the lazy label of him being supposedly far right too (of which has seemed to stick for many years without any facts to back that up whatsoever), but also using a guilt by association fallacy by making all those attending far right for backing him too.
They also lie here as well; they claim that the main point of the rally was Tommy Robinson being jailed. For anyone who actually attended the event, they would know that this wasn’t so. The main point of the rally was to show support for President Trump and nothing else. Nothing in the iconography on the main stage nor any of the speeches discussed that. At best, we occasionally diverted in our speeches to complain about the EU and mass immigration (like Martin Costello’s excellent speech, which you can see here) but nothing about Robinson, of which the article crudely describes him as a ‘jailed activist’. At worst, it was a pro-Trump rally through and through, and linking it to Robinson as if he was the main focal point behind the rally is absurd, especially given that this event had been planned months before his arrest. Heck, it even had to be cancelled once before when Trump threw in the towel on a state visit earlier this year supposedly over the ‘bad deal’ the US embassy was, or what was more likely the anti-Trump feeling some sections of the country had, including our own capital’s mayor Sadiq Khan. I don’t blame him for bailing out when he did to be honest.
I understand one could argue that a lot of the placards being handed out often had #FreeTommy messages written on them and that some of the crowd had similar iconography all the while screaming Tommy’s chant on occasion. While true, that is on those participants, who have the free will to wear such iconography and chant such chants if and when they choose. We as the rally’s organisers were not pushing for such an angle mostly, and the only reason we had #FreeTommy messages on the placards was simply because of convenience; we were heading to the latter rally afterwards (albeit individually because of the limitations that had been placed on us through the Public Order Act by the Metropolitan Police) and it made it easier for us to produce such placards (admittedly I didn’t attend the #FreeTommy protest soon after, but from what I could gather, it was swimming with such placards).
Bottom line is that people coming to the rally were the main ones with the pro-Tommy Robinson agenda in mind as opposed to the organisers. From this, to claim that the overall rally was about Tommy Robinson is laughable at best and vestigial at worst.
And the only far right people that were there was Generation Identity people of who usually hold placards at these protests reading about how ‘Real Men Fight Back!’ in the context of Tommy Robinson’s arrest. That being said, those at MBGA News try to distance ourselves from that group as much as we can, all the while I can distinctly overhearing Luke Nash-Jones (our editor-in-chief here and one of the main organisers for this event) whispering about how bothered he was that the ‘Nazis’ had shown up, referring to the GI people there. I think I also saw Luke along with other organisers and police officers trying to tell the gentleman about to wield the banner to vacate the space, but to no avail. So again, even the actual far right at this rally were turned away from it as much as possible. In short, to claim our event was far right based on some individual nutcases is utterly groundless.
It is a shame that we keep getting slandered this way by the MSM, but that is the way it goes for now until we can get our foot through the door, so to speak. To make matters worse, we can’t do very much here; unlike other press outlets, they aren’t members of the Independent Press Standards Organisation, meaning one can’t send complaints to them over this as one would expect to.
All we can do is show passive resistance to these outlets for now, whether it be by boycotting them or just being aware of the narratives they are spinning in general. And they wonder why trust in the mainstream media in Britain is dying? Such propaganda like this is the reason why.