A radio show complains about Jeremy Corbyn before accidentally proving him right [TWEETS]

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Tracy Keeling

LBC radio reported that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was “frosty” during an interview with the station. And then, it accidentally revealed why he was absolutely right to be so.

Local election launch

LBC‘s Senior Reporter Vincent McAviney was at the launch of the Labour Party’s local election campaign. And at the event, he secured an interview with Corbyn. During the interview, according to LBC, McAviney “asked the leader a range of questions about their policies and plans for the votes, as well as topics… such as Gibraltar and Saudi Arabia”.

But one moment from the interview has received lots of attention. Because it’s the only part of that lengthy interview that LBC has highlighted.

McAviney narrated LBC‘s interpretation of the encounter. He said Corbyn wasn’t “fired up for the fight” at the local elections. And he accused Corbyn of not even being able to “muster the energy” to describe what a good local election result would be.

Corbyn did answer a question on what he thought a good election result would be, though. He said a good result would be “Labour councils being elected” and “Labour gaining seats and holding councils we’ve got”. But he resisted answering another question in the way the reporter wanted. McAviney asked:

But if you aren’t the right person to deliver that campaigning party that you say… will you take note? What would be a success for you on the 4th May?

To this, Corbyn replied:

We are campaigning to win these elections. I am proud to lead this party and I was elected to lead this party and that’s the duty I’m fulfilling. We’ll carry on doing that. Thank you very much.

Corbyn also said “haven’t you got anything else to ask me?” when the interview had finished.

Not suffering fools

Corbyn faced a similar question about the future of his leadership in an interview with ITV on 4 April. He responded to that by accusing the media of being “obsessed” with his future as the head of the party. And he charged that the media doesn’t “bother to report” what the Labour Party is actually doing.

LBC‘s run-in with Labour at the launch seems to prove his point. Because’s here’s the sum total of reporting that LBC did on Corbyn’s lengthy interview with McAviney, as shared on its Twitter feed:

So nothing about Corbyn’s answers to McAviney’s “range of questions about their policies and plans for the votes, as well as topics issues such as Gibraltar and Saudi Arabia” then? No. Although LBC did ask listeners and readers one other question:

But if media outlets disagree with Corbyn on that point, they’ve got a funny way of showing it. Because it seems they’re doing all they can to prove him right.

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