As Zelo Street pointed out yesterday, gullible and desperate sent-detached Labour MP Kate Hoey endorsed a video from the Peoples Vote March put together by one Avi Yemini, who has achieved the remarkable feat of getting himself banned by Facebook not once, but twice. She was not the only one to have been suckered into Retweeting this deeply unsavoury individual. But at least she was not shameless with it.
We know who you are, thanks
That kind of behaviour could be left to self-promoting TalkRADIO host Julia Hartley Brewer, who also endorsed Avi Yemini. Unlike Ms Hoey, though, Ms Hartley Dooda clearly knew who Yemini was - well, if not when she Retweeted him, certainly later on - but declined to rescind her backing for his work. Worse, she became progressively more defensive and abusive in defence of her shameless stance.
After she had endorsed Yemini’s video and its comment “WATCH & RETWEET what really happened at the anti-Brexit rally in London yesterday … These people are seriously cray cray” with the observation “Hilarious”, the warnings came thick and fast.
Andy Mather was one of those cautioning her: “You’re re-tweeting a very dodgy character there Julia. I know there are a lot of them on your side of this debate, but even Farage has no truck with this man”. Nigel “Thirsty” Farage shunning publicity opportunities?
Indeed. Peter Jones then reminded Ms Hartley Dooda of Yemini’s grim Facebook record: “That would be the Avi Yemini banned from FB. Thanks for retweeting ‘work’ of another lovely alt righter. All in the name of public service, no doubt”. Yemini had by now RTd her endorsement, clearly delighted to have an alleged mainstream pundit backing him.
But she could no doubt dismiss these mere opinions. Then came Ciaran Jenkins of Channel 4 News to tell her “Hi @JuliaHB1 you may want to review this gentleman’s previous output before giving him further attention. Here is Nigel Farage abruptly terminating an interview with him because of his views on the Islamic faith”.
Ignoring him was going to be a more challenging proposition, and so she met his well-intentioned advice the only way she knew how, with defensiveness and abuse. First came the bluster: “I’ve no idea who he is. It was the comments of the marchers that I found funny. They’re still funny even if they’re being interviewed by Genghis Khan, aren’t they?”
Not sure Genghis Khan would have troubled himself with interviews, but hey ho. By now, though, Ms Hartley Dooda had run out of intellectual road and so out came “Oh, and by the way, don’t try to police what I do or don’t tweet. It’s none of your sodding business. Go and find a story to report on”. It’s social media, Julia. It’s not “your” platform. It’s the platform of all those who participate. So it is all of our sodding businesses.
Julia Hartley Dooda got caught making a seriously clumsy mis-step. She could have just deleted the Retweet, said no more about it and reflected on her lack of research. But keeping quiet is alien to her, and bothering to check her facts yet moreso.
She’s not just a bigot, she’s a petulant bigot. No change there, then.
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