Media hack embodies the uselessness of establishment media coverage of Corbyn and Johnson

Jeremy Corbyn and Boris Johnson
Ed Sykes

One comment from a media hack has just epitomised the uselessness of establishment coverage of Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn. Because when billionaire-owned media outlets aren’t covering for Johnson and his party, they’re busy attacking Corbyn. Fortunately, people are seeing right through the haze and calling out the ridiculous media bias.

A terrible choice? Really?

Ian Dunt presents a pro-Remain podcast and edits The latter has links to Yahoo! News and boasts of working “from deep within the corridors of power in Westminster”. And from this bubble, he spewed out the following comment:



While some people replied by rightly pointing out that Britain (or its government, anyway) has been far from saintly in the past, most highlighted the absurdity of suggesting it was difficult to choose between Johnson and Corbyn:

One person thrashed this idea out in more detail:

Others echoed this sentiment:

The media’s ‘full on’ attacks on Corbyn

An adviser to Johnson recently spoke of “the big newspapers” attacking Labour “full on from the off” in the current election campaign. This has meant boosting anti-Corbyn bigots and warhawks. And the BBC has received particular criticism.

New research from academics at Loughborough University, meanwhile, shows newspapers have been pushing a clear anti-Labour position so far:

This is no surprise, though. Because Corbyn is taking on the ultra-rich to get justice for the general population. And as the Media Reform Coalition’s (MRC) 2019 report highlighted:

just three companies (News UK, Daily Mail Group and Reach) dominate 83% of the national newspaper market (up from 71% in 2015).

Around 80% of online media, meanwhile, sits with “just five companies (News UK, Daily Mail Group, Reach, Guardian and Telegraph)”.

Importantly, the MRC stressed:

Concentrated ownership creates conditions in which wealthy individuals and organisations can amass vast political and economic power and distort the media landscape to suit their interests.

Writer George Monbiot backed this up, insisting:

Even right-wing journalist Peter Oborne has had enough of the cosy elitist club of right-wing politicians and the billionaire media. So he’s now contributing to a website detailing “the lies, falsehoods and misrepresentations of Boris Johnson and his government”. And in a revealing Guardian article, he wrote:

I have talked to senior BBC executives, and they tell me they personally think it’s wrong to expose lies told by a British prime minister because it undermines trust in British politics.

Which side are you on?

Around 43% of voters currently view Boris Johnson favourably, while only 24% view Jeremy Corbyn favourably. And many people see the hand of the billionaire media in making people think this way:

One person also shared this poignant image:


Despite the opposition of the billionaire media and its allies, Corbyn’s Labour has over 500,000 members and is offering bold, sensible policies to empower the majority of the population rather than just the ultra-wealthy few. The Conservative Party, meanwhile, has received over £50m from around a third of Britain’s billionaires since 2005; and by 2023/24, it will reportedly have gifted these elites “tax breaks and corporate giveaways” to the tune of about £100bn since 2010. As Corbyn said:

That’s why the ultra-rich are afraid of Corbyn: because he’d change that. And that’s why our billionaire media is working so hard to stop him. But on 12 December, voters have a real chance to shut that dodgy operation down once and for all.

Featured image via Wikimedia – Sophie J. BrownYouTube – BBC News

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