Friday, 3 June 2016

Research through reading Guardian in print

I did wonder how the Guardian would report the speech by Jeremy Corbyn yesterday. So having spent a couple of pounds to discover I can reveal that the answer is they completely ignored it. Lots about Cameron but all I can find is a letter about the alleged smile on Corbyn's face while the audience protested at the BBC style of reporting. You would have had to be following the Twitter feed and websites to make any sense of this.

So just to recap, editorial yesterday " Too many Labour politicians, from Jeremy Corbyn down, seem too ready to sit on their hands so far", later the same day Corbyn makes speech, Guardian website attempts to make a story out of audience behaviour, then today in print no report of Corbyn speech at all. The only sense this makes is that the Guardian is determined to only report negative stories about Corbyn and to ignore anything else.

They may have complicated calculations about a restructure of the UK political system based on their own discreet conversations with most people in Westminster some of the time. But in the context of the EU debate this is very unfortunate. Cameron is sometimes reported as saying that Corbyn agrees with the In vote. But it is very rare for Corbyn reasons to be reported in any national media such as print or TV. So the debate is a contest in fear with not much positive.

By the way the letter mentions other press titles as if the Guardian were not included. Fleet Street is actually pretty solid in defending the reporting so far as if it is all entirely reasonable.

Huffington Post has space for Corbyn directly. I expect more to develop online but not sure it will be large enough in scale to change the debate.

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