Listen to this clip of chart-topping singer RagNBone Man explaining why he’ll vote Labour in the future, due to the influence of Jeremy Corbyn – and pay close attention to his opinion of the mainstream media:
— Nathan Darby (@NathDarby) July 22, 2019
“The mainstream media have gone, ‘Jeremy Corbyn isn’t a leader,’ and everyone’s gone, ‘Oh yeah, he’s not a leader.’ If you tell people something enough, they’ll just repeat it.”
But, of course, he’s heard it and doesn’t believe it – and an increasing number of people are doing the same. In fact it seems likely that RagNBone Man’s own comments will influence some.
With this in mind, I asked readers of the Vox Political Facebook page whether they thought the criticisms Mr Corbyn has suffered in the mainstream media – that he represents “student” politics, or that he leads a party of protest, rather than a party of government – will go away now that his proposal to opposition leaders and Tory rebels of a “no confidence” vote against Boris Johnson has been hailed as a highly intelligent piece of politics.
Alternatively, will they resurface, once the fuss about this particular PR victory has died away?
On the current strategy, readers seemed pleased: “Corbyn is no idiot. He has been in talks with the EU officials now for a few years, and he and they are both happy that a good deal can be done. A better deal than the Tories want us to sign up to… or not as the case may be. Corbyn knows this and is using it to his party’s advantage.”
Some consider Mr Corbyn to be in a dangerous situation as some of the people who say they are supporting him have been less-than-complimentary in the past:
“Now watch some blairites blow it out of the water.”
“A lot of those supporting Corbyn at the moment [may be] biding their time for when they can hit him.again. I think it’s a very risky strategy if it really is what they are planning.”
“I don’t trust them. Wes Streeting is on board ffs!”
Some said the mainstream media would try to get these fairweather friends to backstab him: “What they’ll do is focus on doubters; they’ll speak to people like Chuka Umunna and Anna Soubry. They’ll corner Grieve and Letwin until they do U-turns. They’ll focus on the SNP’s angle of a Scottish referendum and Corbyn’s stance on the possible dissolution of the UK. They won’t give credit where it’s due.”
But there was cause for hope – as this discussion indicates:
“They won’t stop even when he’s in power.”
“They will: Leveson 2.” (Labour has committed itself to implementing the abandoned second stage of the Leveson Report into the press.)
“Yet another bonus of a Labour government! Kicking the proverbial out of Murdoch!”
Many thought the mainstream media would fall back into their old habits quickly:
“They’ll be back by Monday.”
“They’ll continue complaining.”
“The media is just having a spasm – normal service will be resumed soon.”
And some thought they would resort to familiar old tricks:
“Just expect a ramping up of antisemitic accusations within the next few days.”
But many agreed with RagNBone Man that it doesn’t really matter what the right-wing mainstream media say, because they have lost credibility in the eyes of the public:
“Who cares what they say? We know they’re delivering propaganda, not facts.”
Point proved, I think.
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