I wonder if she’s had a word in Mr Corbyn’s ear?
We agreed that Labour’s chances of getting attention from a mainstream press that is dominated by right-wing interests was negligible, and then I told her that left-wingers like myself rule the social media.
Well, we do!
On Sunday, This Blog had more than 90,000 hits. For all I know, that might even elevate it from social media to mainstream status – or some new territory between the two.
VP had that number of hits because it was saying something nobody else was – doing what Mr Corbyn wants all grassroots supports to do.
It was speaking truth to power.
Jeremy Corbyn has told grassroots supporters that it was necessary for Labour to use social media to communicate with the public because rightwing media were censoring political debate in an unprecedented assault on the party.
The Labour leader made the comments during a speech at an event on Saturday for supporters from Momentum, after a week in which there were a number of reports Labour MPs were considering mounting a challenge to his leadership after the local elections.
Speaking at the Momentum Latino launch, he said: “We have a party under attack from much of the media in this country like it has never been under attack before. How do we reach out to people? We reach out because we come together at events like this. We reach out through social media in a massive way. And so I find that social media has a very important role to play in this.
“When in one week, we can get one to 2 million people watching online a message we have been able to deliver at maybe a meeting like this or perhaps one that is even bigger somewhere else. It is a way of reaching past the censorship of the rightwing media in this country that has so constrained political debate for so long.
“And so we begin to reframe political debate. I’ll tell you this: some of the more traditional media in this country find it very hard to understand, when they frame all political debate around rumours that abound in the Palace of Westminster and the discussion that takes place between journalists who have very much the same ideas, same outlook, same backgrounds and same attitudes towards society. We are doing things very differently.”
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