Media Lens uncovers truths obscured by the BBC – & the role of two PR companies

Reading ML’s (Killing Corbyn) dissection of the role played by BBC News – in particular, its political editor Laura Kuenssberg – recalls the classic display given as she attempted to ‘down’ Jeremy Corbyn last December.

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Note the expression of gleeful anticipation

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Her second attempt: countered, but still hopeful

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But faced with composed good humour and competent answers

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The confident façade crumbles and she retires defeated

If you follow this link you will find many revelations, including these:

  • The BBC cited leaked emails received by them, which suggested that Jeremy Corbyn’s office sought to delay and water down the Labour Remain campaign. But, as Carlyn Harvey wrote on The Canary website in detail, the ‘evidence’ was bogus:
  • Anonymous ‘MPs’ were quoted as saying some of their members are contacting them to say they’ve changed their minds about Mr Corbyn – the fervent hope of Blairites.
  • The BBC News told the public that Tom Watson, deputy leader of the Labour Party, had told Corbyn that he must resign. This was false. BBC News quietly retracted the claim without admitting their error. Indeed, BBC News had three significantly different headlines in just twenty:

‘Labour’s Watson tells Corbyn to quit’

‘Tom Watson tells Jeremy Corbyn to consider his position’

‘Tom Watson tells Jeremy Corbyn he faces leadership challenge’

The BBC – and other media – highlighted a staged story about Corbyn being heckled at Gay Pride. In fact, as Craig Murray observed, the ‘heckler’ turned out to be Tom Mauchline who worked on the Liz Kendall campaign for the Labour leadership.

Public relations at its worst?

Tom Mauchline works for the public relations firm Portland Communications whose ‘strategic counsel’ is Alastair Campbell, Blair’s former media chief who helped to sell the illegal invasion-occupation of Iraq. None of this was spelled out in the Guardian report by Heather Stewart, the paper’s political editor. PC was set up in 2001 by a former adviser to Blair. Its clients include the World Economic Forum, the EU, the UK government, Barclays Bank and large companies, including Morrisons and Nestle.

Attempts to unseat Corbyn have been supported by Left Foot Forward Ltd, a company set up by Will Straw, which runs the country’s ‘No. 1 left-wing blog’ of the same name, has attempted to unseat Corbyn. Straw is the son of Jack Straw, a minister in the Blair government.

Being very economical with the truth

Corporate media refrain from mentioning that Corbyn won last year’s leadership election by a ‘landslide’, winning 60% of the vote, more than all the rest of the candidates combined.

Noting that Angela Eagle as a likely leadership contender, they also fail to report that a February YouGov poll found 60% of Labour members would vote for Corbyn in a new leadership race, with 15% supporting Hilary Benn and just 6% supporting Angela Eagle.

Public contempt for the public

As Craig Murray has noted: “The demonstrable public contempt of the public for the political class has been mirrored these last few days by the demonstrable contempt of the political class for the public. This has been obvious in the response to the Brexit vote, and in the Labour parliamentary party’s move against Corbyn. Both are evidence that the political class feel that they should not be directed by a wider public”.

Media Lens’ final comment on the performance of the corporate media

“Any threat to the ‘natural order’ of power brings the schism between private interests and public interests into sharp focus. The heightened, almost farcical, attacks on Corbyn are thus entirely predictable.

“Rather than feeling anguished at this state of affairs, we can regard it is a sign of how nervous and vulnerable the establishment is when an awakened public challenges elite power”.




Posted on June 29, 2016, in Conflict of interest, Corporate political nexus, Democracy undermined, Government, Inequality, Media, Politics, Public relations, Vested interests and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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