If only the MSM had held Cummings and co to account this much *before* the 2019 election

Dominic Cummings and Boris Johnson
Ed Sykes

The mainstream media is rightly holding Dominic Cummings and his government employers to account at the moment. But they’re doing their job too late. Because the perfect time to actually challenge them would’ve been when British voters had a clear chance to stop them; say, before the nightmare 2019 election. Instead, though, many corporate media hacks were too busy covering Boris Johnson’s back while campaigning hard to keep his opponent from winning.

Too late to do your jobs now. The damage is done.

People around the country are noting that many of the reporters rightfully going after Cummings now actually played a key role in helping him and his buddies into power in the first place:

Indeed, lies and misinformation were at the core of the Tory election campaign in 2019. But many media hacks failed to challenge this; largely because they were too busy fuelling a vile propaganda campaign to stop Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour from breaking through.

As comedian Ava Vidal pointed out, the corporate media very much “set the stage” for Cummings and co:

Many also spared a mention for Labour elites who did their best to undermine Corbyn, and who have so far escaped punishment (with the help of the mainstream media):

To demonstrate the difference between media outrage now and before the election, The Canary did a bit of research.

The things they didn’t focus on

We looked at the tweet history of corporate media figures like Piers Morgan, Ian Dunt, Adam Boulton, Beth Rigby, Jonathan Freedland, and Kay Burley. Regarding the Cummings scandal, they’ve all been doing their jobs (to differing extents). They’ve also joined the mainstream shift in strategy in general since Keir Starmer took control of the Labour Party by actually holding the government to account regarding its failures during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

Before the 2019 election, however, the story was different. These reporters’ comments on the devastation the Tories had inflicted on Britain via ideological austerity, for example, were almost non-existent. Indeed, there seemed to be no direct comments on UN rapporteur Philip Alston’s devastating report on UK poverty and austerity; and only one mention of the 100,000+ excess deaths reportedly resulting from austerity policies.

There also seemed to be only one passing comment about UN criticism of Tory-led governments violating disabled people’s rights; next to no talk of foodbank usage skyrocketing under the Tories; and almost nothing on the dangerous privatisation efforts in the NHS.

There was, however, a lot of evidence of both obvious and subtle anti-Corbyn bias in their comments ahead of the election.

Never forget their failures

The Conservative Party has failed the British people not just in the last ten years, but during the pandemic too. Estimates suggest there have been over 60,000 excess deaths with coronavirus links in the UK so far. And while many mainstream reporters have been clear about government mistakes in recent weeks, their apparent failure to do so in previous years amounts to complicity. They were essentially accomplices in getting this fatally cruel government into power. And we must never forget that.

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    1. MSM my arse ! These hacks are not fit to lick the boots of real Journalists like Julian Assange and Jon Pilger. Here’s how these hacks get their stories:
      1. Cut and paste government/Tory press releases
      2. Lie
      3. Make up stories about non existent events
      4. Do as they are told

      For examples of the above just take any story about Jeremy Corbyn published by the mail or the BBC.
      Look at how they report on Syria and the white helmets rubbish.

    2. Yes, quite. But if the MSM had ‘done their jobs’ before the election, that would have meant real change. The Cummings scandal is, instead, a sign of some kind of power struggle among the elite.
      What’s really significant here is that Cummings thought he could get away with his behaviour. He thought the establishment and media would turn a blind eye or not be informed. Presumably that is what he has been accustomed to.
      For whatever reasons, Cummings has fallen out of favour. While this is very significant, we shouldn’t mistake that for democratic accountability or freedom of the press.

      1. Interesting that many lefties lament the bias of the MSM against Jeremy Corbyn yet clutch their pearls as soon as the BBC poll tax was so much as threatened. Almost as if they instinctively know the real value of their “impartial coverage”. Their “correct” views on Brexit, Immigration, Diversity and social values clearly outweigh their tolerance of “ideological austerity”

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