Last Friday, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn received an award – jointly with world-famous author and activist Noam Chomsky – from the International Peace Bureau (IPB) for his “sustained and powerful political work for disarmament and peace”.
It was ignored completely by the mainstream media (MSM) – even days later.
However, the SKWAWKBOX’s article on it went viral.
The Establishment was forced to react. Right-wing bots, trolls and sockpuppets came out in force to defend the MSM – by attacking the article, the messenger, even the importance of the award and of the international organisation that made it – but made their agenda all too obvious.
Channel 4’s FactCheck decided it was fair for the MSM to ignore the award because they usually ignore it – which itself ignored the pertinent question: would they have ignored it if Theresa May had (impossibly) won it?
The answer is, of course, straightforward: it’s unimaginable that it wouldn’t have been a half-hourly item on rolling news stations, as well as all over the print media and in flagship news programmes. That in itself became part of the story.
Right-wing MPs and some mainstream journalists also defended the silence and attacked the SKWAWKBOX for daring to suggest – even in passing, as in this case – that the MSM was behaving in an uneven way by its silence when the leader of the UK’s official opposition party wins a peace prize from one of the world’s most venerable peace federations.
Attempts by the Establishment to defend itself are nothing new. But one striking aspect of ‘the case of the unmentioned award’ is how clearly it exemplifies and illustrates the impact and importance now of the ‘new left media’ (NLM) to the UK’s political landscape and narrative.
Before Saturday tea-time, almost nobody in the UK knew Jeremy Corbyn had won the IPB award – nor had any idea that the MSM were not telling them.
A single, very short – only 266 words – article, picked up later by NLM outlets Evolve Politics, the Canary and others, changed the narrative dramatically. By the end of the weekend, based on reads, shares, impressions of the NLM articles and social media trends, the information had reached millions of people.
And people were talking not only about the fact of the award, but about the MSM’s failure – or decision not – to provide them with that information and the significance of that fact.
Small wonder, then, that this morning’s press front pages are full of scare-mongering and smears about the dangers of social media. As well-known activist ‘The Artist Taxi-Driver’ and others observed, the Establishment really, really doesn’t want UK people getting their information via social media and the NLM:
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