When author and campaigner Owen Jones recently called out the Spectator’s routinely dishonest editor Fraser Nelson on BBC Politics Live, citing the magazine’s publication of articles promoting Greek neo-Nazi group Golden Dawn, and praising the actions of the Wehrmacht, as well as a piece claiming there was not enough Islamophobia in the Tory Party, he barely scratched the surface of the magazine’s seedy side.
The racism comes not only from Rod “a smile, a song, and a four-pack of Stella” Liddle, who got a mention from Jones, and who also penned “Is it possible to draw Serena Williams without being racist?” (in his case, the answer was “no”), but also from regularly featuring career Islamophobe Doug Murray The K, who memorably decreed that “conditions for Muslims in Europe must be made harder across the board”.
Moreover, “the truth is that the Proud Boys are quite short on the evil so many want to foist on them”. Murray also weighed in on the group’s behalf last month: “Exactly what the Proud Boys are is disputed”. Sadly for Doug, Raw Story had news the following week from “Kyle Chapman, the founder of the Proud Boys’ so-called ‘tactical defense arm’”.
The climate change denial has included indulging James “saviour of Western civilisation” Delingpole and running a dishonest front page telling “Relax: Global Warming Is All A Myth”, followed by “The Sea Level Scam … The rise and rise of a global scare story”, after which George Monbiot called the claim “the biggest blunder of his career”. But Nelson, as with Jones’ calling him out, merely shrugged it off and remained in post.
Add to that Monbiot noting that Nelson “has also championed a wildly misleading film about Aids and promoted scare stories about vaccinations”, which confirms the conspiracy wacko element of the Speccy’s content. This is a seedy, disturbed, malevolent, misogynist, racist, conspiracist and intellectually bankrupt sewer. I’ll just leave that one there.