James Mitchinson, editor of the Yorkshire Post, criticised the UKIP leader, pictured left, for what he called “racist xenophobic scaremongering of the highest order” after his newspaper reported Mr Farage’s comments in the run-up to the 23 June referendum.
Mr Farage told the Sunday Telegraph the possibility of attacks like those seen in Cologne in Germany will be “the nuclear bomb” of the referendum campaign, adding women were at particular risk from “cultural” differences if Britain votes to remain.
James posted a link to the Post’s coverage of the story on Twitter on Sunday, describing the comments as “sinister”.
He added: “Farage plumbs new depths claiming EU remain = more ‘foreigners’ raping our women.”
James was taken to task on the social networking site by a reader called Rosy Knight, who said: “Judging by the amount of trouble they’ve had in Europe, you can’t exactly say he’s wrong.”
However James responded: “What he’s saying is disgusting, Rosy. Prehistoric racist xenophobic scaremongering of the highest order. It’s hate preaching.”
Another Twitter user, posting under the name ‘@lstwhl’, accused James of advertising Farage’s views by covering the story at all.
James then responded: “I’m happy to confront this nonsense in public, yes. I’m not the kind of editor to allow BS to exist unchallenged.”
HTFP has approached both James and UKIP for further comment on the issue.