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Tuesday, 3 May 2011

The Hateful Dorset Echo on the Weymouth Demo

[Top: Ben Moore. Love the beard! Right: the 'peaceful' EDL demo of 'hate' in Weymouth.]


The EDL knows that regional newspapers are extremely biased when it comes to EDL demos and to the EDL itself. The Dorset Echo even trumps other regional newspapers by making its headline explicitly prejudicial against the EDL. ‘A peaceful day of “hatred”’? Even though ‘hatred’ is in inverted commas, the editor, or the journalist himself, still chose to use that word. And he did so knowing full well the impression of the EDL he wanted to propagate.

Not only that. The EDL knows that this Leftist pseudo-technical term, ‘hatred’, which is aimed at all criticism of Islam, is an utter cliché. I bet Arron Hendy knows it’s a cliché too. But that doesn’t matter, though. As long as its use can help turn the readers of the Dorset Echo against the ‘hateful’ EDL. That’s all that really matters.

And what about the irony of that juxtaposition of ‘peaceful’ and ‘hatred’? Surely the Dorset Echo, or Arron Hendy, was aware of the irony. Wasn’t that why these words were used together? How could are truly hateful group, of any description, manage to pull off a ‘peaceful’ demo at all? Indeed how has the 'hateful' EDL pulled off so many peaceful demos?

The other point worth making is that, again, the Dorset Echo, or Arron Hendy, deliberately used that word, ‘hateful’, quite simply because it, or even the quotation of it, doesn’t even actually appear in this news piece.

Yet more proof of the political bias of the Dorset Echo. In itself, that’s not such a bad thing. Yet you get the impression that most regional newspapers are not entirely honest about their complete rejection of the EDL. They try not to editorialise about us in too obvious a manner, or comment directly. However, they do all that effectively enough by quoting, for example, Searchlight, Martin Smith (UAF), Weyman Bennett (UAF) or any number of Leftist councillors and politicians. They get them to do the editorialising for them instead. Quite clever, really.
EDL Extra comments on the Dorset Echo news item, 'EDL march in Weymouth: A peaceful day of "hatred"', by Arron Hendy, 2nd May, 2011. (Comments are in red.)

HUNDREDS of local people joined opposing groups as the English Defence League held a protest in Weymouth. [Did you get that? ‘Hundreds of local people...’! Not the usual ‘EDL outsiders’ these newspapers usually refer to. No. The Dorset Echo actually appears to be admitting, unlike just about every other regional newspaper, that this EDL demo was indeed made up of ‘local people’. And this has also been the case with all other EDL demos (though not, admittedly, entirely with local people).]

Riot police and dog units were part of a huge operation to keep the ‘anti-muslim extremist’ campaigners away from a counter-protest at the Pavilion set up by the Labour party.

Members of the English Defence League (EDL) who arrived by train were met by British Transport Police before meeting up at Moby Dicks pub on the seafront.

Numbers in the pub garden grew over two hours as they started to chant EDL songs, and lines of police were set up next to the pub and on the seafront to prevent them heading towards the counter-protest.

Officers escorted the 300-strong crowd as they marched along The Esplanade singing God Save The Queen, We’re English ’Til We Die and also We’re The Weymouth EDL.

The organisers held a protest outside the Pier Bandstand and said the event was a reaction to the BBC documentary My Brother The Islamist, which featured the group Muslims Against Crusaders on a visit to Weymouth.

The EDL organiser, who did not want to be named, said: “We don’t want it in Weymouth.

“This is a great chance to show we’re not racist or Nazis –we just want to protect our way of life.”
[Did the Dorset Echo truly listen to these words? I hope so.]

Retired forces veteran Ted Caine, 62, from Dorchester, gave an impromptu speech, saying he agreed ‘entirely’ with the protest. [Not a typical example of the stereotypical EDL ‘hooligan‘ or ‘hoodie‘, eh? Still, UAF/SWP, Searchlight, Hope Not Hate, etc. also hate the British military too. So they won‘t have much time for this veteran either.]

“There are people in this country who do not deserve to be here,” he said.

The organiser then spoke about teenager Ben Moore, who featured in the programme, and said he was ‘a normal English lad who went out with his friends’ but became a Muslim and ‘just changed.’ “We don’t want our youth radicalised anywhere and certainly not in Weymouth.”

Shanie Samways, 18, who attended the Wey Valley School prom with Ben Moore, was then brought forward to speak.

She said: “At school he was a lovely lad and always polite. [Some serial killers are ‘lovely’ and ‘polite‘. Apparently Hitler was too.]

“He looked up Islam on the internet and decided he agreed with it and he’s not the type of person to go into something half-hearted.” [Wow! Was that all it took to convert him to extreme Islam? Perhaps, psychologically speaking, he was just looking for something extreme and absolutist. And there’s nothing more extreme and absolutist than Islam!]

Ben’s father Paul Moore told the Echo that his son is not a member of Muslims Against Crusaders and is studying Arabic to become an interpreter or teacher.

He said: “They’ve not changed him. He really regrets the programme and decided he didn’t want to be part of it. [Is that the pretend-regret that many politicians have when they’ve been found out? That is, the real regret is for being found out or publicised; not for being a Muslim extremist. He ‘regrets the programme’? But does he regret being a Muslim extremist?]

“He’s sorry if he offended anyone.” [Or ‘sorry’ that a programme was made about him?]

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