The Sky News headline was “UKIP leader Gerard Batten criticised by Nigel Farage for endorsing anti-Muslim rally,” and the article reported:
Gerard Batten told a right-wing protest that Muslim child grooming gangs have been covered up and are a “social scandal.”
Why “right-wing”? What makes it “right-wing” to protest the covering-up of Muslim grooming gangs? Why isn’t it just a “protest”? Consider the difference in reception if the very first sentence had read: “Gerard Batten told a protest that Muslim…” These tendentious epithets have their effect; when placed at the very beginning of a piece, they can be especially effective.
UKIP leader Gerard Batten has been criticised by Nigel Farage for endorsing an anti-Muslim rally which turned violent in Sunderland over the weekend.
Gerard Batten marched alongside the Democratic Football Lads Alliance (DFLA) as they clashed with police who were barricading the march from a separate group of anti-racism protesters.