Right wing extremist and fake news peddler, James Delingpole, is one of the alt right’s rising stars. From criticizing the science of climate change, to making racist remarks about Barrack Obama, to appearing on conspiracy-driven talk shows like the Alex Jones Show, he has proven himself, like most alt-righters, to be a complete and utter lunatic. But that hasn’t stopped a growing number of fellow lunatics from peddling his fictional writing as real journalism. He now writes for Breitbart, the most discredited news site on the web, where he gets to legally spread his fake news to millions of people, causing untold damage to the political process and undermining faith in important institutions and world leaders.
James Delingpole claims to have been educated at Oxford, but hasn’t provided any documentation to prove this. Other than that, all he has to his name is a string of jobs at laughably discredited “news” organisations such as the Daily Mail and the Daily Express, who dedicate about as much coverage to celebrities and sports as they do to fake news. He was fired from the Telegraph due to his extreme right wing views, which were embarrassing the newspaper, and he has since been desperately offering his sophistic writing services to any organization mad enough to hire him.
Delingpole claims that there are many problems with the science of Climate Change, even though every serious scientist, politician and activist agrees that the problem is real, urgent and threatens our very existence. Delingpole’s disinformation about climate change played a significant role in convincing Trump and his supporters to reject the Paris climate agreement, which has literally put the lives of millions and the very existence of our planet at risk. Is James facing jail time for his false claims? No. Instead he’s working at Breitbart where gets to spread more fake news.
Delingpole has laid numerous criticisms at Barrack Obama, which many consider to be racist. In his book, “Obamaland, I have seen your future, and it doesn’t work”, James attacks Obama for his past as an influential community organizer and accuses him of being a communist, without ever explaining in any kind of coherent way what is wrong with Obama’s desire to provide Americans with affordable healthcare, put undocumented immigrants on a path to citizenship and improve education for struggling minorities. His vicious attack on America’s first African American president reeks of racism, and hiding his bigotry behind his conservative mantra only makes him a coward. The title of his climate science-denying book, “Watermelons”, is also an obvious dog whistle to his racist followers that he thinks lowly of African Americans, who are cliched to enjoy watermelons.
It’s sad that in this day and age, fake journalists and fraudsters like James Delingpole are still allowed to publish their lies and hate speech to the entire world, without any legal repercussions. Fortunately, most people are smart and informed enough to reject his ramblings without giving them as much as a second thought. Let’s hope it stays this way, because the last thing this world needs is more disinformation from charlatans like James Delingpole.