Jeremy Corbyn just blasted the establishment media with a perfectly timed critique

Jeremy Corbyn
Fréa Lockley

In 24 hours, Jeremy Corbyn blasted the establishment media twice. With the 2019 Labour Party conference underway, these are perfectly timed and very much needed criticisms.

“This is how the establishment works”

On 22 September, Corbyn appeared on the BBC‘s Andrew Marr show. During the interview, he challenged Marr’s persistent questions about his leadership, saying at one point:

I’m very surprised at this question actually, Andrew. What are you trying to say?

Following the interview, Corbyn shared a video. Because as he pointed out, there was other “important” news that day:

about an alleged abuse of power and the misuse of public funds by Boris Johnson before he became prime minister. But do you know what? Lots of the media have barely touched it. Incredible, isn’t it? This is about the man who is the prime minister of our country.

He went on to discuss his interview with Marr, explaining that “a range of issues” came up. “That’s fine,” he said, “it’s right, it’s justified, it’s how our democracy works”. But as he stressed, when Marr went on to interview Conservative first secretary of state Dominic Raab, he didn’t even mention the allegations against Johnson. And then Corbyn went for the jugular, saying:

This is how the establishment works. They close ranks. They put privilege first. Things have to change.

“Totally unacceptable”

On 23 September, the media pool mobbed Corbyn as he tried to enter the Labour Conference. Amid the frenzy, Corbyn said:

You’re shouting questions at people. It’s quite rude, actually… Can I just say this to you? This is our conference… Your behaviour, pushing past people, pushing people over… is totally unacceptable. Can I ask you to behave with respect to our members and our conference?

The response from many in the establishment media to his words shows just how important they were.

ITV‘s Paul Brand used this incident to take a cheap shot at Corbyn:

The Guardian, meanwhile, accused him of being ‘passive-aggressive’:

berating journalists often does not go down well – with journalists. And only Corbyn can compress so much passive aggression into the phrase “our friends in the media”.

Onslaught

It’s little wonder Corbyn took aim at the press pack, though. Because the Independent reported that he’s ‘terrified’ of becoming prime minister. The right-wing press also rolled out yet another barrage of attacks.

And as news emerged that Unison wants Labour to back a ‘full Remain’ Brexit policy, the vultures swooped. The BBC‘s Laura Kuenssberg dived in:

So too did ITV’s Robert Peston:

This comes as right-wing Labour MP Margaret Hodge continues her relentless onslaught against the Labour leader:

What the establishment media consistently fails to report on is the huge support for Corbyn from vast numbers of party members.

Only Labour general secretary Jennie Formby, for example, noted how conference responded when John McDonnell celebrated his “mate”:

Corbyn’s spot on: this is exactly ‘how the establishment works’. And it’s closing the net. So since Corbyn really is the only chance we currently have to finally shatter that establishment once and for all, we need to stand behind him more than ever before.

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    1. Well, what do you expect from the Mainstream media. I have been watching the Labour Party Conference and it’s not in any sort of disarray on Brexit as is reported here. Also, it is not Corbyn’s position but that of the NEC and it is formal Party policy. Labour has the best option for Brexit – negotiate a deal and put it to the people for them to select the option they would like – deal or no deal, Norway + etc. I don’t see a problem with this really. What can you say about Laura Kuessnberg? Well she is Boris Johnson’s most fanatic fan isn’t she? I strongly suspect she will be extraordinarily positive about the Tory Party Conference next week.

      Jeremy Corbyn is very clear on Labour’s Brexit position. As John McDonnel said, it’s an adult and intelligent debate not a civil war. The Press are covering this aspect only because I suppose, it prevents them having to report on excellent Labour Party Policy initiatives, the Labour Manifesto and Jeremy Corbyn as a strong, committed Leader.

      In the meantime, allegations against Boris Johnson of abuse of power and questionable use of public funding is not reported. Our MSM shames this country absolutely shames it. We have a liar, a cheat, a fraudster and a Dictator as our Prime Minister but all they can do is pick on Corbyn.

      I notice that not one MSM has covered Labour Party Policy in any reporting. It is the Tory Party totally divided over Brexit yet they are trying to slur the Labour Party with the same thing. Well they are wrong.

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