Monday, 16 May 2016

Guardian Corbyn blindspot is a definite problem

Today's print Guardian is a bit of a landmark. They really don't like Corbyn. Just my impression, make your own mind up. Perhaps they genuinely believe that Labour will do better with another leader, someone their columnists could get on with. Something like that. Anyway the website is just the same.

Gisela Stuart is the lead part of the story, on the dangers of UKIP support growing if Labour is soft on immigration. Jeremy Corbyn speech is way down in the story. At least the Times had this the other way around.

The Guardian has no report I can find on the social media campaign around #InCrowd . It looks like there will be two parallel worlds, Corbyn online and the official Fleet Street scope with the Guardian very much included. As far as I can tell the BBC regard this as the news agenda also. Andrew Marr press review led with Times / Telegraph / Mail as if it is really just an internal Conservative debate. It may be the case that the BBC is not intimidated by any new regulations but try to imagine how different it would be if Osborne and Whittingdale were not phoning in rotation every ten minutes or so. Yes there would be extended presentations without constant breaks to say that the complete opposite might also be true.

Polly Toynbee is also keen on more Boris and Dave. Will she have anything to say about Jeremy and the EU potential for the environment, worker rights etc? Probably not. Much more likely nothing till after the result when he will be blamed for not making a case.

Meanwhile Huffington Post is doing a reasonable job on reporting. They have a photo of Corbyn and mention for the main hashtags. Maybe they do not feel they have to worry about conforming to the Fleet Street news agenda. the Guardian and the BBC possibly worry about seeming too odd.

Also the Huffington Post has an audience outside the UK. This may turn out to be very valuable for a more balanced point of view.

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