This is an argument recently discussed privately among senior figures who commission opinion pieces in national broadsheets.
They can hardly bash Facebook for the bubble of its narrow-minded algorithms if they themselves are merely an echo chamber of identical views.
But the fact remains that the underlying fears exploited by Hopkins – and other tabloid columnists who the liberal media like to see as contrarians, such as Rod Liddle, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Littlejohn – are genuinely felt by a significant portion of the population (in England at least).
Serious papers might consider that they need to find columnists who can articulate those concerns without the hate speech that Hopkins and others readily resort to.
I would say there is now a lack of variety in comment.”
Fleming, a former journalist on the Times and Daily Mail, speaks as a self-confessed member of the liberal metropolitan elite.