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’.