Award-winning Indy journalist Johann Hari has put right-wing Mail attack dog Richard Littlejohn to the sword on his own Sky News show. Hari tore into Littlejohn for spreading lies which the BNP feed on, his ignorance over asylum seeker benefits and BNP leader Nick Griffin's description of him as his “favourite journalist”.
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Watch below to see award-winning Indy journalist Johann Hari put right-wing Mail attack dog Richard Littlejohn to the sword on his own Sky News show. Hari tears into Littlejohn for spreading lies which the BNP feed on, his ignorance over asylum seeker benefits and BNP leader Nick Griffin’s description of him as his “favourite journalist”.
Hari says of the rise of the BNP:
“I do think journalists like you have to accept some responsibility for this. Nick Griffin described you as his ‘favourite journalist’…
“The fact remains the same lies the BNP peddle, you peddle in your column every week, it is a fact that in this country, a single asylum seeker gets paid £33 a week, a third below the poverty level according to Oxfam… You don’t know your facts, every week you describe asylum seekers as being, and this is a quote from you, ‘showered with benefits’.
“In your novel ‘To Hell in a handcart’, which was accurately described by my colleague David Aaranovitch as a ‘400-page recruiting pamphlet for the BNP’, you describe a single asylum seeker receiving £117 a week. They receive 33, you propagate anti-asylum seeker lies just as surely as this man.”
“Johann, you’re stepping on very thin ice here.”
Watch the discussion in full:
As one of the YouTube commenters says:
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“Lovely to see two eejits turned into stammering f***wits. Well done JH…”