Mainstream media nod for Vox Political as unfairness against Corbyn is debated

Kerry-Anne Mendoza, editor of The Canary, proving there's nothing 'loony' about the Left on Newsnight yesterday (August 22, 2016).

Kerry-Anne Mendoza, editor of The Canary, proving there’s nothing ‘loony’ about the Left on Newsnight yesterday (August 22, 2016).

How pleasant to be mentioned in a complimentary way on the BBC’s flagship news-discussion show, Newsnight!

Admittedly, the person performing the namecheck was This Writer’s old social media colleague, Kerry-Anne Mendoza, so perhaps we shouldn’t be entirely surprised.

She is making quite the splash with her left-wing news website The Canary and – characteristically – used the opportunity afforded by a television appearance to promote some of the rest of us.

She said: “I think what we’re trying to do, and being increasing successful in doing, is challenging some of these dominant narratives.

“We have a situation in this country where 81 per cent of the mainstream media is owned by six corporations, most of the journalists that staff them went to a handful of universities and graduated about six inches to the left or the right of each other politically.

“So actually this little gap between them become the miniscule arena for political debate in this country, and anyone that operates outside of that is either mocked, ignored or ridiculed, or derided as some sort of mad, bad and dangerous person.”

“What we’re doing actually, is something slightly different to that, which is ourselves, incredible blokes like Another Angry Voice, Vox Political, you’ve got Media Diversified, Novara Media, we’re actually saying, ‘Hang on a minute!  There is a vast spectrum of ideas, great ideas, outside of that miniscule arena’.”

The film report prior to the discussion actually presented some worthwhile statistics, showing that the number of reports attacking Jeremy Corbyn in print and on screen was double the number praising him during June. BBC reporters used pejorative terms describing him and – critically – there was no need for them to do so.

The discussion itself was less illuminating, as representatives of The New Statesman and the right-wing press were keen to assert their dominance over the news agenda.

It’s a dominance that has been eroded. This Blog experienced a welcome increase in hits as a result of the namecheck, and I certainly hope the others did as well.

And how pleasantly civilised it was to hear Ms Mendoza’s West Country accent (This Writer hails from Bristol, remember) on national television!


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15 thoughts on “Mainstream media nod for Vox Political as unfairness against Corbyn is debated

  1. Ian Fraser

    I saw it and immediately alerted like minded people (had to admit to watching Biased Broadcasting Corp.), but she was very good. Kirsty Wark kept talking over her as well.

    1. John

      Wark and the other BBC propagandists do always talk over opinions they do not want heard. It is the same on the radio, particularly Radio 4’s Today programme.
      I used to watch Newsnight every night but I have stopped doing that as much of the content is fatuous and gimmicky. They originally used to offer decent analysis and it is always possible that they may offer yet more but having to wait for it is like sorting the proverbial wheat from the chaff and I am now too old to waste time on that lark.
      The purpose of most BBC programmes these days is to promote and sell product. Eventually, the BBC will go the way of all the commercial TV and radio stations.
      Presenters like Wark know this and they pitch-in themselves to promote themselves as brands so that – with the assistance of their agents and agency staffs – they can gain added income from appearance fees, book deals and other sources of income. It is highly lucrative for them but comes at an equally high cost of obscuring the truth.

      1. Rusty

        I’ve heard the head of news at the bbc used to work for Rupert murdoch! I’m think that someone may know if this is true!

  2. Jane Owens

    Small points of light are gradually becoming brighter and more visible. Voices once ignored are now audible. Such welcome changes. I await the results of the Leadership election, having just given my vote to Jeremy Corbyn.

  3. jaguarjon

    All the aforementioned publications are all over Facebook – I share VP to FB regularly. It’s encouraging to get some exposure.
    I’m from Dorset….sequitur (not)

  4. John

    And the more people clock you and your site, the more comments you might get, which unfortunately will probably mean that you’ll get even more spam and stupid comments that you’ll have to filter out, but hey, you’re probably getting a fair few of them already anyway!!

  5. First Night Design

    I caught this by accident as I tried to get used to my new television. It was a delight to see Kerry-Anne and I thought I’d gone to heaven when she name-checked you and AAV! Good for her but I do wish people like Wark would stop patronising and talking over us ‘extreme’ left-wingers. It’s just not on.

  6. Roy Beiley

    You are doing a tremendous job Mike daily shining light into the dark corners of politics which would not otherwise get reported. Seems that although the Beeb presenters will continue to talk over interviewees comments they don’t like the other side of the arguments are being grudgingly acknowledged if not yet believed.

  7. Juliette Emery

    The BBC, just like my husbands 30 year subscription to the Guardian are history to us now. It’s a tad like giving up sugar in your tea, you don’t miss it after a few days and then you actually dislike it immensely. Love the news on here and the other stated sources. Collect them from FB other JC supporting groups and Twitter. Keep the movement going folks. The alternative voice is essential. ?✌️

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