THE GUARDIAN was slammed by UKIP on Monday after the paper ran a piece smearing Politicalite and other pro-UKIP online media, and accusing the party of a ‘shift to the far-right’.
The Guardian accused pro-UKIP sites such as Politicalite, Unity News Network and Kipper Central of being an “openly far-right force” and described young digital activists as being “young, angry and extreme” in the print edition of the Guardian and online.
Mike Hookem MEP, UKIP’s Deputy Leader said the Guardian was pushing “fake news”, ignoring the “far-left, anti-Semitic takeover of the Labour Party” and having “no basis” for their article.
A source told Politicalite that The Guardian had approached Unity News Network claiming to be researching a story on the UK’s Alternative Media, and then when the story was published, it was a total hit job.
The Guardian did reveal, however the sheer success of UKIP’s online force, as membership has risen by over 50% in recent months.