John McDonnell [Image: BBC/Skwawkbox].

Yes, it seems to be Tom Watson-bashing time here on Vox Political. Perhaps the Labour deputy leader could avoid such occurrences if he didn’t keep opening his mouth and sticking his foot in it.

This time, it’s about Watson’s fake inquiry into fake news. Although there is certainly fake news around, most of it perpetrated by right-wing hate propagandists, Watson has chosen to attack left-wing news outlets like This Blog’s good friend The Canary.

Another good friend, Steve Walker of the Skwawkbox blog, heard Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell talking on the subject and wrote an article about it, which I can only quote and applaud:

In appointing one of Corbyn’s most shameless opponents in the Parliamentary Labour party (PLP), sometime S*n and Daily Mail columnist Michael Dugher, to head an inquiry that it is doubtful Watson has any authority to instigate and by naming one of the most reputable independent news sources in the UK, The Canary, as a source of fake news, Watson couldn’t have telegraphed his intentions and motivations any more clearly.

To continue his ‘Anaconda’ project to strangle Corbyn’s leadership.

In stark contrast to Watson’s posturing and scheming, John McDonnell gave an object lesson in straight talking on the subject on Saturday.

Speaking at the Media Democracy Festival, on a panel alongside The Canary and Novara Media, McDonnell was direct in a way that you will not hear from Watson or Dugher on the subject, including calling out Watson’s ‘inquiry’/hatchet job (emphases mine):

“I congratulate those who have looked at establishing other kinds of media, but again, what was seen in recent months, with the inquiries into fake news and all the rest of it, is a very assault on those media outlets because they’re challenging the distortion that’s taken place in the mainstream media itself.

“The bizarre post-truth situation and post-truth political debate have been founded upon the media distortion that’s been talking place, exemplified by the treatment of Jeremy Corbyn, and coming semi-directly from the concentration of ownership [of media].

“The good thing at the moment is that there is now a growing backlash [against something] people now see as an elite establishment and I think increasingly the media elite establishment is seen as a part of that.”

Source: While Watson postures on #fakenews, McDonnell tells it like it is | The SKWAWKBOX

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