OK now here’s a question for you: are the media biassed?
If you answered ‘Duh!’ then you are probably on the Left somewhere. The BBC never shuts up about Jeremy Corbyn being ‘left-wing,’ though they never described Tony Blair – or even David Cameron – as ‘right-wing’. However, perversely, Nigel Farage routinely describes the Beeb as ‘left-wing’ which sort of boggles the mind a tad.
The question is easier to answer when it comes to the press. All you have to do is ask ‘Cui bono?’ – in other words, who stands to profit from selling the paper? – and there’s your answer. The more papers owned by the likes of Murdoch, the more right-wing the press tends to be. And the more they side-step the issues and go on about Corbyn’s dress-sense and the donkey-jackets he might bring out when the weather gets colder.
It’s particularly noticeable when you get someone like Corbyn in a position of leadership. But I have a sneaking hope. It may be far-fetched – it probably is; it could well be utopian and it’s almost certainly fanciful: but I have the feeling that Corbyn won not only because of his integrity and lack of spin, but because he got out there and spoke directly to people. He didn’t have a spin-doctor or image manager – he spoke to people in words they could relate to, and he said what he believed in. He got into trouble for refusing to sing the National Anthem, but as a veteran who was present commented, he stood in respectful silence unlike the Secretary of Defence who was looking around trying to catch the cameras. Corbyn is no hypocrite, and I respect that. So I have a sneaking suspicion that he may end up simply side-stepping the media and appealing to people directly.
God knows, somebody needs to. They get in the way of so much…
I had a very vivid dream last night which I think was inspired by Jeremy: I was driving a DMU. Remember those? The little chugging diesel multiple units which used to run everywhere in the ’70’s?