Farage issues warning to establishment over radical Islam
NIGEL FARAGE has urged the European media to reconsider its coverage of the "big issues" – such as immigration, radical Islam and the European Union.
The former Ukip leader claimed some outlets have grown “out of touch” with the consensus of the majority of people in their nations.
The Brexiteer, who was a catalyst in the effort to take Britain out of the EU, accused journalists at a media event in Denmark of not daring to cover the real feelings of the British people when it comes to subjects such as immigration.
Speaking at the News Xchange annual conference, Mr Farage said: “There are some big issues that you guys need to think very hard about.
“The European question is one of them – we’ve shown with Brexit what is possible, and there are now many countries across the European Union seriously questioning their future in this project.
I think the coverage of radical Islam is another area where you are completely losing touch
“I think in terms of immigration, I still think many of you are covering this subject in a way that anyone who dares to raise the issue, somehow has malevolent intentions underneath – which in the vast majority of cases simply isn’t true.
“I think the coverage of radical Islam is another area where you are completely losing touch with vast swathes of your own population. In fact, it happens in
"In fact, it happens in politics too. Dear Hillary [Clinton] couldn’t even bring herself to say radical Islam – she couldn’t even use the term.
“And lastly, where I believe where you’re really getting completely out of touch is on your coverage of the issue of climate change.”
Mr Farage said the media refuses to cover renewable energy sources when they don’t work or aren’t built “without vast taxpayer subsidy”.
Turning his focus to the recent US election he said: “Finally on Donald Trump, it wasn’t only you who got it wrong – everybody got it wrong.
“But I had a very good bet at five-to-one – I’ve enjoyed 2016, even if you haven’t.”
In a direct warning to the reporters in attendance, he added: “You’ve got to change, otherwise you’ll come back here in five years time and there’ll be fewer of you.”
Speaking on ITV’s The Agenda, the former Apprentice winner said: "I think you’ve got to be very careful, because I think one of the reasons that we actually ended up with a referendum in the first place is because for too long the discussion around immigration was completely, almost, poo-pooed.
“You were not even allowed to have that conversation, so we need to be in a position now where we recognise there is a concern amongst a lot of people about uncontrolled immigration.
“Now, that’s not to say people hate immigrants and have this big issue or that they’re racist – it just means people do not want, in lots of cases uncontrolled immigration and that’s ok not to want that.”