Starting with the social media aspect of two chunks of opinion
(For every shrill social media warrior there are dozens of perfectly nice, normal people who backed Corbyn. They’re a lot more fun to ask.)
The possibility of Brexit could only have happened because of the British press – if there were no other good reason for voting to remain, the hope of denying the press their long-craved triumph on Europe would suffice for me. But Brexit may also happen because of the infantilised and destructively coarse level of debate on social media too.
This just reminds me about Guardian Unlimited Talk. This was a sort of message board where Guardian readers could contribute. It was destroyed without notice and is never mentioned in the occasional history of the Guardian and social media. If I have this wrong please direct me to some current links.
Gaby Hinsleff explains how the lobby works and how there appears to be a shared view. This is not a conspiracy just an occupational concern to stay close to the movers and shakers. So the failure to report support for Corbyn during the leadership election was an understandable oversight. What concerns me at the moment is the reporting of Corbyn views on the EU referendum.
Martin Kettle in April explained why Corbyn could help the In campaign.
All of which adds up to the extraordinary truth that, for once, Cameron desperately needed Corbyn to rise to the occasion.Today we are told that Jeremy Corbyn is backward looking and there is an apparent link to his speech on Thursday. But this turns out to be another link to the alleged booing of a journalist.
Could we start with some simple reporting of what Jeremy Corbyn has to say? The news in the paper Guardian has lots on David Miliband who has flown in from New York and probably meets the lobby criteria on who to talk to. But the mention for Jeremy Corbyn is not enough to work out what he said and it comes right at the end.
Martin Kettle view in April probably correct but now is a bit late whatever turns up. It is a fact that the current leader of the Labour Party is Jeremy Corbyn. There is a limit on how to influence the referendum if he is not reported unless there is some negative invention. The BBC are stuck between Whittington and Osborne , hey only joking this is just a blog of course they cover the whole range of Westminster views.
Journalist opinions are wonderful. I just think the Guardian could go back to reporting.