Andrew Marr makes a rare confession about media bias. But Corbyn shows how he plans to win anyway [VIDEO] [TWEETS]

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Jeremy Corbyn appeared on The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday 23 April. And in the course of what was at times a hostile interview, Marr made an important admission: that the mainstream media is biased against Corbyn.

Marr stated:

You are up against it in this campaign… you’ve got a lot of hostility from the mainstream press and all the rest of it. You’ve seen all the headlines…

It’s not just the headlines

But it’s not just the print media. The BBC is well known for its bias against Corbyn. And Marr’s interview was no exception. Marr jumped quickly into asking about Corbyn’s stance on nuclear weapons. And while it is a fair question for a leader of a political party, Marr’s approach was hostile. He asked:

… if you win the election and you walk through the doors of Downing Street, almost the first thing that happens is that you’re tapped on the shoulder by a senior civil servant who takes you off to a room to write four letters to the captains of Britain’s nuclear submarines… instructing them what to do… what will you be telling them?

Corbyn replied:

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… I want us to achieve a nuclear free world… what I want us to do is adhere to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty… and crucially, immediately, promote the six party talks on the Korean peninsula as a way of deescalating nuclear tensions around the world.

But Marr kept pushing him as to what he’d put in his letters. In response, Corbyn said:

A strict instruction to follow orders when given.

As Twitter users pointed out, there seemed to be a loaded priority in the questions about how eager Corbyn would be to kill people:

A different type of politics

But Corbyn’s calmness in the face of Marr’s questions, on both foreign or domestic policy, was something many Twitter users picked up on:

And generally people were impressed with the way he handled himself:


There are undoubtedly many barriers Corbyn needs to overcome if he is to win this election. And the bias and hostility from the mainstream media is one of the major ones.

But Corbyn is appearing calm, collected and thoughtful on a range of issues. So perhaps people are beginning to see the alternative he is offering; a chance of turning this desperate society of inequality around.

And the relaxed way he handles hostile interviews, and the ease with which Corbyn conducts himself with the general public, may explain why Theresa May is running scared from having TV debates.

We have just under seven weeks until the election. And it’s possible to change our society for the better, rather than our present one that exists to profit a self-serving elite. Let’s do this.

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