It’s Not Just Trump.
Donald Trump and Jeremy Corbyn are very similar in a lot of ways, they are both engaged in battle against the media, polls don’t support them, and they have very low approval ratings from the public.
Last week, Trump fired James Comey who was the Director of the FBI. This decision rocked Washington as the person in charge of the FBI is meant to be free of political allegiance. It didn’t take the media long to decide the decision was in response to the Trump organisation being under investigation for colluding with the Russians during the election.
Two days ago after former FBI Director Robert Mueller was named special counsel to oversee the investigation into the Trump team ties to Russia, President Trump tweeted “this” is the “single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!”
He carried on this victim rhetoric in a commencement speech to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy saying “Look at the way I’ve been treated lately, especially by the media,” he said. “No politician in history — and I say this with great surety — has been treated worse or more unfairly.”
If Trump believes he is alone in being hunted by the media, he just needs to look across the pond to Britain. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been receiving just as much critique from the media, one could ever argue even more than Trump receives. The media has branded Corbyn a communist, terrorist sympathiser and there is the alleged antisemitism that Corbyn has taken part in.
Lets start with the communist allegations, in 2016 a book was released by the author Rosa Prince, the title: Comrade Corbyn: A Very Unlikely Coup. The book was an unofficial biography of the Labour leader, it was published by Biteback Publishing. Unsurprisingly, Biteback Publishing is owned by Conservative activist and blogger Ian Dale and Conservative party member of the House of Lords Micheal Ashcroft, the author Rosa Prince is a journalist with the right-wing paper Daily Mail. Corbyn said of the book “I’ve seen the book. It’s riddled with inaccuracies. I found 14 in the first eight pages I read. Dates, places, names, people, all things that could have been checked if the research had been done properly”. He noted that “I think it generally lacks an analysis of the politics of Britain at the time”.
It was former Prime Minister David Cameron who said Corbyn was a “security-threatening, terrorist-sympathising and Britain-hating” Labour leader. Most of the terrorist sympathising comments made about Jeremy Corbyn have been the work of journalists and Conservative MP’s quoting statements made by Corbyn, purposefully disregarding the context and running with controversial headline. Cameron in a speech claimed that Corbyn had said the death of Osama Bin Laden had been a ‘tragedy’, however, what he forgot to include was that in a 2011 interview on Iranian television, the then back-bencher said the fact the Al-Qaeda leader was not put on trial was the tragedy, continuing: “The World Trade Center was a tragedy, the attack on Afghanistan was a tragedy, the war in Iraq was a tragedy.”
Last week, Jeremy Corbyn met up with grime star JME, to have a discussion about why young people rarely turn up to vote. After this meeting, accusation of Corbyn being Anti-Semitic surfaced again, the Daily Mirror ran with the headline ‘EXCLUSIVE: Rapper JME who endorsed Jeremy Corbyn tweeted about Jews ‘sweating’ at cash machines’. Again what the Daily Mirror failed to mention was that this was a joke, compared to some of the jokes that have been made by the likes of Frankie Boyle and Jimmy Carr, this was nothing. But again right-wing media launched an attack to discredit a discussion which was well received by many students and young people, who will now potentially register to vote in the election.
An Independent report has shown that 75% of press coverage misrepresents Jeremy Corbyn, furthermore, the report says “The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Express or The Sun, between 15 and 20 per cent of their Corbyn-related coverage associates him with IRA, Iran, Hamas, Hezbollah and/or terrorism”.
A major new study out of Harvard University showed the true extent of media bias against Trump and it shows in many cases outlets were 98% negative in their reports.
We can no longer ignore that there is a current media bias, in all aspects of world politics. It seems outlets are picking sides, whilst this has always occurred. It hasn’t been as brazen as it currently is, most of the claims made against Corbyn don’t posses any evidence to back them up but outlets still publish them. This is very dangerous for democracy, people are basing their decision on who they vote for from the media and the media should be making sure that they are at least attempting to provide truthful accounts. Unless the fake news epidemic is stopped in its track, the general public can no longer rely on media outlets to find out the truth, as they have all been caught in a web of lies.