As Labour MP Chris Williamson pointed out, BBC Radio 4’s hourly news bulletin has tried to claim that there were boos for Jeremy Corbyn at Glastonbury yesterday:
Just heard @BBCRadio4 news claim that Jeremy Corbyn was greeted with some boos and cheers at Glastonbury pic.twitter.com/rTA1IDIUTV
— Chris Williamson #GTTO (@DerbyChrisW) June 24, 2017
Although the main 6pm and 10pm bulletins focused on Corbyn’s ‘rock star’s welcome’ from one of the biggest crowds in Glastonbury’s history, it seems the shorter hourly updates in between were seeking to convey a more alloyed impression, even though the few boos that occurred clearly were not aimed at Corbyn but at a rather more… orange target:
The boos were for Trump. Weren't @BBCRadio4 paying attention ? https://t.co/KUtDFQ0B07
— Michael H. (@MichaelH14) June 24, 2017
Corbyn had referred to Trump when reading a sign that said ‘Build bridges, not walls’.
It seems Radio 4 was paying attention – but to that bastion of impartial news, The Daily Telegraph, rather than actual events:
But you only have to watch and listen to footage of the event to know that the boos were at each mention of Trump:
while Corbyn met with unalloyed acclaim from well over 100,000 people:
Chris Williamson told the SKWAWKBOX:
It’s absolutely ridiculous how transparently desperate these attempts are to detract from Jeremy Corbyn’s achievement in inspiring huge numbers of people of all ages to be not just interested in politics but enthusiastic, passionate about it. He clearly doesn’t fit into that Establishment box of ‘they’re all the same’ and that’s got a lot of people very, very worried.
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