Labour front-bencher Chris Williamson just finished his appearance on the BBC’s Daily Politics programme to discuss the ‘media blackout’ of the news about Jeremy Corbyn’s award from the International Peace Bureau (IPB).
That ‘blackout’ would almost certainly still be in place if the award had not gone viral on social media after the SKWAWKBOX, followed by other ‘new left media’ (NLM) outlets, broke the story last weekend.
Williamson is a strong media performer and made the key points about the award and the ensuing MSM silence forcefully:
Countering the establishment’s attempts to undermine the silence by undermining the stature of the award, Williamson pointed out:
- that the MSM had given extensive coverage to Theresa May putting a star on a Christmas tree and to William and Kate receiving a Blue Peter badge
- that the IPB is a venerable organisation with a history significantly longer than the Nobel organisation – and inspired the creation of the Nobel awards
- that Corbyn hadn’t trumpeted the award because he doesn’t brag about any of his achievements
- the disparity in the way Corbyn’s award was (not) covered and the type of coverage that would be given in a similar situation involving Theresa May
- and that Corbyn’s position as the head of the official Opposition is what makes the award newsworthy, not just the award itself (which shows the error of FactCheck’s attempt to explain away the silence on the basis of the award only occasionally being mentioned in UK media before)
This was a conversation shown on national television that would not have taken place had it not been for the NLM and its supporters on social media.
As an example of the way in which they can change the national political narrative, especially when supported by the parliamentary left, it’s a clear encouragement for those who want to see genuine change in this country – and makes clear why the Establishment and its media are desperately attacking them and the social media platforms that facilitate the spread of the message.
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