Some of the Most Ridiculous Anti-Corbyn Claims

Earlier in the week, Corbyn was lambasted by the media for “refusing to answer a question about Syria” at a conference about small businesses. This negative spin is  ridiculous, bordering on sheer lies. There is clear video evidence he did not refuse to answer any questions, and merely stated that he would answer the question later at a more appropriate time. The, clearly deaf, reporter kept insisting on derailing the business conference to talk about Syria, and Corbyn stood his ground receiving a round of applause from those there to talk about business.

The media has been so brazen that they’ve happily displayed this video alongside their ridiculous headlines about Corbyn “shouting down a reporter” and “refusing to answer questions”. They know the vast majority of their readers do not have the attention spans to actually watch the video for themselves, and will happily accept the headlines as truth.

The formidable media campaign against Corbyn and the Labour party has gone beyond mere bias, and into the realms of sinister propaganda. In this article, I’m going to show a mere handful of what I think are the most ridiculous and hilarious anti-Corbyn claims.

His “Despotic” Great-Great-Grandfather

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The Daily Express, after no doubt spending hours obsessively searching through Corbyn’s family history in an effort to discredit him, found and revealed that one of his ancestors was James Sargent – a “despotic” master of a Victorian workhouse. The article goes on to describe the horrors Sargent is accused of, while ensuring to mention regularly his connection to Corbyn.

Addressing the report, Corbyn mentioned he had never heard of him before, and added “I want to take this opportunity to apologise for not doing the decent thing and going back in time and having a chat with him about his appalling behaviour”.

His Communist Bicycle

In 2015, the Times reported that Corbyn had taken a taxi, forgoing his “Chairman Mao-style bicycle”.

I don’t need to express how ridiculous this statement is, it is just purely ridiculous. The fact any journalist thought that would be anything other than laughable is almost unbelievable.

Corbyn responded, “Less thorough journalists might have referred to it as just a bicycle, but no, so we have to conclude that whenever we see somebody on a bicycle from now on, there goes another supporter of Chairman Mao”

Eating Veteran’s Sandwiches

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The Guido Fawkes blog inaccurately reported that Corbyn had taken sandwiches meant for veterans at a memorial service. Guido Fawkes reports that “according to respected photographer Steve Back, Jeremy Corbyn took two free lunch packs meant for veterans at today’s Battle of Britain event at St Paul’s”.

A photo later emerged showing volunteers clearly handing the sandwiches to Corbyn. The volunteers even posed for a photo with Corbyn. To confirm the matter even further, a spokesperson for Costa said the bags were available to all veterans and guests at the service.

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Guido Fawkes later provided a small apology at the end of the article, and edited the article to absolve responsibility by further noting it was based on an eye-witness account. The article still has a clear anti-Corbyn spin.

These are only a handful of the finer examples of anti-Corbyn spin that the mainstream media has produced – but there is significantly more. The vast majority of media stories about Corbyn are either deliberately negative, full of spin and rhetoric, or misrepresent his policy/views.

Wether you agree with Corbyn or not – a fair press that gives us a balanced view of the facts is vital for a functioning democracy. Nobody should be happy to be lied to, or misled.

You may fundamentally disagree with Corbyn but you have the right to make that decision based on truth and fact; not to be led into that decision by hard-right, billionaire media tycoons.

Corbyn is Right About the Media and Their Response Serves to Demonstrate That

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You have probably seen the headlines and posts trending on Facebook this morning:

“Jeremy Corbyn loses temper and blames media for dire poll ratings”

“When asked if he was the problem with Labour, Mr Corbyn snapped”

So, let’s have a look at this footage.

“You’re obsessed with this question, if I may say so – utterly obsessed with it.

We have a very strong opposition in Britain, if you bothered to report what we’re doing.

If you bothered to report what Jon Ashworth is doing on the health service, if you bothered to report what Angela Rayner is doing and saying on schools. If you bothered to report what the Labour Party is actually saying.

It’s your responsibility to make sure that the opposition voice is heard as well as the government’s voice. It’s your failings.”

The thing is, he is absolutely 100% correct.

As several studies have shown, there is a continual media bias against Corbyn and the Labour party. One such study, conducted by the London School of Economics, showed that just 11% of all newspaper articles about him accurately described any of his policies. In the Daily Mail, this figure was just 0%.

Jeremy Corbyn is entirely right that if Labour is heading for a disastrous electoral defeat, the media is, at the very least, partly to blame (let’s give the Blairites their credit for helping to destroy the Labour party at every turn too).

If Labour is heading for a disastrous electoral defeat, it is because the news reporters aren’t doing their job of reporting the news.

Wether or not you support Corbyn is irrelevant – we, as a public, deserve to be correctly informed. We all have a right to the correct and full information to make our political decisions. The media plays an important role in that process; and their blatant, shameless bias is an insult to the public and to democracy.

The greatest (and most frustrating) part of this is the media’s response. How would you expect the media to respond to accusations of a bias against Corbyn and the Labour Party?

With a hell of a lot of biased spiel, focusing entirely on ‘Corbyn losing his cool’ and only vaguely mentioning the actual subject matter of his argument. The hypocrisy is outstanding – let’s be honest with ourselves, if this had been May, she wouldn’t have ‘lost her cool’, she would have been ‘assertive’ and ‘iron-willed’.

Their response literally only serves to prove him right, but because of the immense power the media has over public opinion, I feel many will not see through it. Many will buy into the rhetoric that Labour is failing because of Corbyn, and his entirely correct, well-justified argument was just him ‘losing his cool’.