Mainstream ‘fake news’ was in full swing on Tuesday with a completely manufactured ‘furore’ over Jeremy Corbyn’s ‘refusal’ to answer questions on Syria during an FSB (Federation of Small/Medium Businesses) event on Tuesday.
The incident was spun as if Corbyn aggressively blocked an attempted question from a journalist. For example:
The actual video of the incident tells a completely different story:
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In reality, the audience can be clearly heard shouting down the questioner – because it was a business event and they didn’t want to hear a question on Syria. Corbyn reads the room correctly and tells the journalist,
Can we do Syria – look, I’m doing interviews afterwards, ok?
To which the journalist says ‘Sure’ – and then keeps trying, several times, to ask his question on Syria, to the increasing frustration of the audience and in spite of Corbyn telling him he’d answer questions on Syria later. Corbyn steps away from the podium but never comes anywhere near the idiot journalist and tells him,
It’s a Federation of Small Business conference. I’m very happy to do an interview with you after this has finished about Syria. My media team have made that very clear to you.
Unbelievably, the journalist still tries to ask his Syria question, but is interrupted by applause from the audience for Corbyn’s firm stance.
But Corbyn did not ‘refuse’ – he said ‘later’. And he did, as the Guardian showed:
Other outlets also covered it, so if Corbyn ‘refused’ he did a very good impression of not refusing:
Of course, that didn’t stop some ‘journalists’ continuing to push the angle that Corbyn had refused to answer, rather than agree to answer once it would no longer be rude to an audience who had paid to be there to hear him talk about business:
Again, watch the video – and read, for example, the Guardian article linked above, and you’ll see that Corbyn had no qualms about answering questions on Syria. He just didn’t let an entitled journalist with no sense of manners push him around.
Which is exactly how it should have been.
Another day, another smear, another clear example that it’s not the citizen journalists and alternative sources that we need to worry about as fake-news propagators. It’s the supposed ‘mainstream’ and their agendas.
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