British Media Heavily Biased Against Corbyn

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[Editor’s note: The British media, including the BBC has been virulently anti-Corbyn ever since he became leader of the Labour Party. This is because the Establishment genuinely fears him as he is very unlike the usual party leaders. Corbyn is a man of principle, an honest, decent human being and a true man of the people who eschews the usual trappings of power and it’s privileges and perks. They simply cannot allow an honest, decent person to become Prime Minister.

The Conservative party have spent the majority of their campaign advertising not on expousing their policies but on attacking Corbyn directly, saying that his pacifist ideals and anti-militarism are simply too big a risk, playing on the climate of fear that has existed for quite some time and was ramped up by the Manchester bombing last week.

The principles Corbyn has stuck to throughout a political career of over 30 years reads like a laundry list nightmares to the Establishment:

  • Corbyn wants to dissolve NATO
  • Corbyn is a staunch supporter of nuclear disarmament
  • Corbyn would recognise Palestine as an independent state
  • Corbyn doesn’t believe military action is the way to solve terrorism
  • Corbyn opposes selling arms to evil dictatorships like Saudi Arabia
  • Corbyn is an environmentalist who believes we must take serious action to protect the future of the planet
  • Corbyn believes in building a strong and well funded NHS and social care system
  • Corbyn favours re-nationalising many of the national prize assets that have been sold off such as the railways and the utilities
  • Corbyn doesn’t buy into the whole ‘War On terror’ bullshit

I could go on and on, but the bottom line is simply that Corbyn would serve the British people and put their interests first, something the Establishment do not want to happen.

Journalist Jonathon Cook gave a good explanation of the Corbyn phenomenon in a 2016 article:

Corbyn and his supporters threaten a paradigm shift. The old elites, whether in the Labour parliamentary party or the Guardian editorial offices, sense the danger, even if they lack the necessary awareness to appreciate Corbyn’s significance. They will fight tooth and nail to protect what they have. They will do so even if their efforts create so much anger and resentment they risk unleashing darker political forces.

Corbyn’s style of socialism draws on enduring traditions and values – of compassion, community and solidarity – that the young have never really known except in history books. Those values seem very appealing to a generation trapped in the dying days of a deeply atomised, materialist, hyper-competitive world. They want change and Corbyn offers them a path to it.

But whatever his critics claim, Corbyn isn’t just a relic of past politics. Despite his age, he is also a very modern figure. He exudes a Zen-like calm, a self-awareness and a self-effacement that inspires those who have been raised in a world of 24-hour narcissism.

Corbyn has already changed British politics, we can only hope and pray that he wins the election on June 8th and for the first time in almost 40 years, Britain will have a socialist government that will put the people first rather than serving the Establishment Elite as Thatcher, Major, Blair, Brown, Cameron and May have all done so disgracefully. Ian]

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DW.com
‘Very little about Britain’s election coverage is objective’

DW: How do you rate Jeremy Corbyn’s performance in Monday night’s TV debate? Is his campaign gaining momentum?

Shakuntala Banaji: If there has been any change in the way in which the British public views Jeremy Corbyn, this is not solely down to the Labour leader but also to the tireless efforts of a cross-section of other Labour MPs, Labour activists, volunteers, members and alternative media producers who have tried to get the Labour Party message out to the public.

Corbyn gave a confident and calm performance on the May 29 TV discussion, first with a fairly antagonistic audience and then with an overtly hostile Conservative-voting interviewer, Jeremy Paxman, who interrupted his answers constantly. Corbyn came across as a politician of substance and refused to take on an autocratic style. He did not rise to the deliberately inflammatory accusations of terrorist sympathies, and the historical accusation that he had not supported previous wars such as that in the Falklands.

One of the most striking things about the May 29 TV appearances was the fact that Prime Minister Theresa May and Corbyn each received equal airtime in front of national audiences. Prior to the announcement of the snap election by May, Corbyn had been subjected to a devastating barrage of irresponsible and negative media coverage for two years. Report after report by scholars working in the field of mediation and politics drew the conclusion that mainstream media were biased, and had a policy of deliberately giving page and airtime to Corbyn’s critics while under-representing or misrepresenting anything that he and his allies on the left wing of the Labour party said.

Jeremy Corbyn taking the night bus home after a hard day in the Commons. How many other top politicians do this? The answer is none, they are all in it for the money. This photo was posted on Twitter  last year by a lady who thought people should see that Corbyn is a stark contrast to the usual fat cat political whores.

Mainstream British media often portray Corbyn as an irresponsible politician who favors Islamists. Is it truly the case or is it a media construct to malign the left-leaning politician?

Corbyn is an experienced member of parliament with decades of work behind him, and a record of considered, ethical voting in parliamentary decisions with regard to war and peace, social benefits, civil and human rights. He has consistently shown himself to be knowledgeable about and well-informed with regard to ongoing conflicts involving British armed forces abroad, and social issues at home. However, it should be no surprise that a mass media dominated by the militaristic ideological and corporate interests of international media outlets would attempt to delegitimize the just and equal society that Corbyn stands for by representing Corbyn’s past endeavors as signs of his incompetence or softness. It is also not surprising that some readers and viewers also hold this view.

How would you analyze the overall media coverage of the upcoming British election? Has it been objective?

Very little about coverage of the British election could be considered objective, but this should not come as a surprise. Bias has to be seen within its context. Much of the mainstream media in the UK continued to express the pro-Conservative ideological stance of their owners in opposition to Jeremy Corbyn’s old Labour views following the announcement of the election, and will step up their campaign of disinformation and character assassination in the coming two weeks.

In the run-up to the announcement of the election, even the so-called “liberal” media have published material demonstrably more hostile to Corbyn than that published with regard to previous Labour contenders. Loughborough University recently published a report that suggests that during the run-up to the election, the British media disproportionately attack Corbyn and Labour.

There is a lot of fear in British society about Islamist radicalization, particularly after the terrorist attack in Manchester on May 22. Are the media playing up this fear?

Everyone I know in the UK was appalled and deeply pained by the horrendous bombing at the Ariana Grande concert. It is a frightening and depressing thought that our children and friends, and we ourselves, could be the targets of random acts of violence, whether linked to racist hate or to the power-hungry “Islamic State” (IS). However, the coalition government of 2010 and the current Conservative government have a history of playing up incidents of terrorism and security threats via the mainstream media in order to make themselves seem the most responsible choice of government with their “strong” militarist stance. A concurrent rhetoric about British values does include phrases and ideas that disavow British violence to others and which assume the “otherness” and difference of Muslim populations through a connection to violence.

The misery created by Conservative cuts in funding to schools, hospitals, social care services, the police, prisons, the privatization of railway and water and the lack of housing in the UK can apparently be pushed to the back of people’s minds by playing up an apparently “external” security threat from Islamic radicalization and in a linked vein, from migrants entering the UK. While some will no doubt believe this objectionable rhetoric, it is my hope that other voters can see through it.

In general, how has the mainstream UK media responded to the Manchester bombing, and what could be the likely impact of these media narratives on the outcome of the June 8 vote?

It should not be forgotten that the current Conservative government received intelligence information about the possible radicalization and threat from the Manchester bomber on not one but several occasions, from within the Muslim community in the UK, and from overseas intelligence agencies, and failed to act upon it. The public would not know about these failures if some segments of the mainstream media had not reported them.

However, as with all incidents of terrorist violence against civilian populations close to us, the mainstream media have also populated their front pages and headline stories with images of destruction, stories of shock, anger, calls for revenge, disgust and personal stories of solidarity and resistance to terror. It is pointless to speculate on how these media narratives will affect the outcome of the June 8 vote. My hope would be that voters are able to see through the worst of the negative coverage and understand Corbyn’s desire to push for proper, well-resourced policing at home, and peaceful solutions to crises outside the UK in an effort to bring better governance in areas where IS is currently active.

Shakuntala Banaji lectures on international media and the global south, film theory and world cinema and critical approaches to media, communication and development in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics.

The interview was conducted by Shamil Shams.

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Ian Greenhalgh

Ian Greenhalgh is a photographer and historian with a particular interest in military history and the real causes of conflicts.

His studies in history and background in the media industry have given him a keen insight into the use of mass media as a creator of conflict in the modern world.

His favored areas of study include state sponsored terrorism, media manufactured reality and the role of intelligence services in manipulation of populations and the perception of events.

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  1. Are “elections” in Britain the same as the U.S. where they are basically plurality rule, not majority rule? In other words if a single voter shows up at the polls and votes “for” a candidate and no one shows up to vote “against” the candidate, the candidate “wins”? All abstentions are flushed down the toilet. Also there wouldn’t be any cheating or stuffing of ballot boxes in England would there? Are there dead people on the voter rolls in England as there are in the U.S.? In the U.S. one usually does not even have a majority of the registered voters show up at the polls, let alone “elect” anyone. In other words we have insidious minority rule not majority rule and this still does not deal with the opinions of the non registered citizens who are prohibited from voting.

  2. This guy must be good, they are sending first level trolls out to get him in the comments. Yeah, they want this guy gone. They killed all those kids in Manchester just to stop him. I hope that comes back and bites them in the a**. I also hope he is wearing his kevlar undies, because if all else fails, the establishment WILL wack him.

  3. There is a dark side to Jeremy Corbyn, covered by Aangirfan on her site

    Jeremy Corbyn’s father worked for Victor Rothschild during WW2, the Corbyns & Rothschilds were neighbours in WIltshire … Witnesses report Corbyn refused to act on evidence of disgusting child-violation offences by criminal rings operating ‘within all 12 of the borough’s children’s homes’ in his district … apparently indulging abusers of children … and tho sometimes speaking truth, Corbyn did indulge the Israeli lobby’s witch hunts within the Labour party

    Despite his sometime virtues, Corbyn may be yet another case of ‘fake controlled opposition’ supplied on a platter for us

    • Aangirfan is a strange source, mixes together good material with lots of nonsense. Does she provide proper sourcing for her claims about Corbyn? She rarely does provide proper sourcing references. What Israeli witch hunts within the Labour party? Corbyn has done the opposite, he has purged the pro-Israel Blairites from the party as much as possible.

  4. A lot of optimism and hope for Corbyn though we might have to remember that the election will be in Britain and not in Agartha.

  5. Thanks Ian for the snapshot of the British Election. I wish you all well. A change from the constipation party would be a breath of fresh air. However admirable for Corbin to take the bus, Mossad have a thousand dirty tricks. We pray that this time Britain will be America’s point man.

  6. Let´s hope it is not just the old “good Cop, bad Cop, game and at the end we have the same BS like before brushed w another colour. See here in germany everyday how controlled oposition works and what comes out of it: the same Hitler-game they already played with us and the world to destroy all countries soverenity for the Greater Evil NWO.

  7. For a U.S. MSM take on a Corbyn-May race, see “What Would It Take for Corbyn to Win the UK Election?” at http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-05-30/can-jeremy-corbyn-win-the-general-election.

    May favored & planned UK’s disastrous foreign policy (including the Iraq War), wants to escalate UK involvement in Syria and will work with Bibi, Trump & the Saudi ‘d-Ruler’ to start WW3.

    Bibi & May together will succeed in wiping both Israel & UK off the map. Hmmm… Vote May! ;-).

  8. What May and the Establishment are offering is of course the complete destruction of EU, through toughening Brexit terms, blaming it on Germany, Russia, Brussels, Turkey, Greece, Iran, take your pick, whoever but themselves and their geopolitical “famiglia”. Corbyn kind of seems not interested in such murky affairs. Like I said Britain is not a European country, it is there geographically and lurking to strike at all times, politically, economically and trying to score on whichever divide et impera opportunity presents itself.

  9. It would be kind of irony of history if a British leader would commence the dissolving of NATO, and acknowledge the Palestinian statehood. I just don’t know how would he explain the policy of non-selling of weapons to the Labour party donors.

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