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A band of biased brothers—the media and Corbyn

Issue No. 2522

Two major TV programmes attacking Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters aired this week.

Channel 4’s Dispatches focused on Labour left group Momentum. Despite a reporter spending six months undercover, it revealed almost nothing.

BBC’s Panorama saw several Corbyn critics dismiss him as out of touch.

All of the mainstream media is biased against Corbyn, but their attacks point to a bigger issue. The mainstream media is biased towards supporting the status quo. It is infused with the opinions of the rich bosses who own it.

Some papers are more overt than others, but they all share the same stereotypes.

Think of how the prospect of junior doctors’ strikes are treated. The Daily Mail unashamedly attacks them for “putting patients’ lives at risk”.

But the Guardian also ran a lengthy article detailing opposition to a planned junior doctors’ strike this month.

The media regularly discusses austerity as though it is inevitable. Voices of workers are heard much less than the opinions of “important” people and politicians.

For all the pretence of balance and objectivity the mainstream media takes the side of the privileged in society.

Socialist Worker doesn’t pretend to be “neutral”.

We are proudly and firmly on the side of working class and oppressed people.

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