These attempts by the right-wing news media to bring down Jeremy Corbyn are just plain silly by now, aren’t they?
The latest smear is on the website of the Torygraph, which could never have been ranked among Mr Corbyn’s biggest fans.
Here’s the gist of it, from that rag’s own write-up.
Jeremy Corbyn came under renewed criticism last night after he was seen being held back by aides as he appeared to lunge at a reporter during a rally in his constituency.
The latest row happened at a community event at a “Say No to Hate Crime” rally organised by the local Labour party at Highbury Fields in his Islington constituency in north London.
Mr Corbyn had to be held back by aides after he lost his temper with a television reporter when asked if he was “running away” from answering questions about his beleaguered leadership.
A video published on the internet shows the reporter asking: “Mr Corbyn when are you going to stand down? How much longer can you stay?” Another asks: “Are you running away from the media?” as he walks away.
A visibly angry Mr Corbyn then appeared to lunge in the journalist’s direction in front of camera crews and photographers, saying: “If you want to arrange an interview speak to my press office. Thank you.”
An aide then restrains the Labour leader, saying to him: “Jeremy, please don’t, please don’t.”
He lunged at the reporter (Victoria MacDonald of Channel 4 News) and says: “If you want to arrange an interview, speak to my press office”? “Thank you“?
You’d have to have a tin ear to believe that rubbish.
If somebody lunges at you, I would suggest they have one of two things on their mind that they might utter as they were doing it:
“Get away from me!”
“I’m going to kill* you!”
One thing they don’t do is ask you to arrange an interview with their press office.
Ms MacDonald herself has said the moment has been overexaggerated: “He was angry yes but contrary to reports I didn’t feel ‘lunged at’.”
What are we to make of this?
Perhaps this is proof that the hacks at the Torygraph still think a lie can go around the world while the truth is still getting its shoes on. If so, then those hacks have an important lesson to learn.
This is the 21st century. With social media, a lie can hardly go any distance at all before the truth shoots it dead.
*Alternatively maim, hurt, cripple – you get the idea
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