Media 92: anti-Corbyn campaign – manipulated readers of the Times, Financial Times, Telegraph, Sun, Daily Mail etc, read and reflect
Elite power cannot abide a serious challenge to its established position. That is what Labour under Jeremy Corbyn represents to the Tory government, the corporate, financial and banking sectors, and the ‘mainstream’ media.
The manufactured ‘antisemitism crisis’ is the last throw of the dice for those desperate to prevent a progressive politician taking power in the UK: a politician who supports:
- genuine peace in the Middle East,
- a strong National Health Service
- a secure Welfare State,
- a properly-funded education system,
- an economy in which people matter
And who rejects endless war and complicity with oppressive, ‘allies’, such as the United States, Saudi Arabia and Israel.
Arms exports and trade are increasingly profitable to British corporations doing business with Israel. Senior government ministers have emphasised that the UK-Israel relationship is the ‘cornerstone of so much of what we do in the Middle East’ and that ‘Israel is an important strategic partner for the UK’
For shared elite interests in Israel and the UK, there is much at stake
Historian and foreign policy analyst Mark Curtis highlights ‘the raw truth’ rarely touched by the corporate news media, pointing out that the UK’s relationship with Israel is special in at least nine areas, including:
- arms sales,
- air force,
- nuclear deployment,
- intelligence and trade.
The media is dependent on advertising revenue.
Curtis continues: “In short (and to simplify) the media is a sub-department of business and is structured by its imperatives. This happens in two ways. The first is its structural dependence on advertising revenue. Looked at in simple, institutional terms, the bread and butter of a newspaper company is not selling newspapers but selling readers to advertisers. That’s why newspapers can be given away and why news websites hate ad-blocking”.
David Traynier agrees: “The media is largely the corporate media — not an independent power centre but one largely subordinated to big business”.
Firmly rejecting the general idea that a socialist party simply needs to manage the press better, he stresses that the corporate media is not there to be won over, it can’t be “managed” into giving Corbyn a fair hearing. And in response to those who cite Blair’s easier ‘ride’ he points out: “New Labour’s real success was not to win over business but to capitulate to it.
“A genuinely socialist party can make no such concessions, which is why a cellar-full of Krug won’t win editors over to Corbyn”.