On Wednesday evening, as Jeremy Corbyn prepared to give his landmark speech on Thursday morning in Edinburgh about the remaking of the media landscape he will undertake in power, mainstream journalists attacked the supposed fact that no cameras would be allowed at the speech and that the venue would distribute clips after the event.
Channel 4 political journalist Michael Crick was prominent among them, using the opportunity to criticise the point of the speech by contrasting it with the (not true) news:
In fact, the whole event was live-streamed in a far more democratic – and, yes, ‘people in power’-challenging – way, on YouTube for anyone to access who wished to.
To judge by Mr Crick’s complaint – which he subsequently semi-corrected – you could be forgiven for assuming he considered it essential viewing. But that assumption is undermined by the fact that Mr Crick was some four hundred miles away in London.
As Corbyn outlined his plans for a historic remaking on the UK’s media landscape, Crick was captured by a sharp-eyed SKWAWKBOX reader – watching not-quite Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab droning on about the possibility of extra credit card fees in a no-deal Brexit scenario:
In case you think that’s not the Raab event, here’s a shot taken from behind the woman in the light suit that the BBC published:
Mr Crick’s original claim sparked quite a few criticisms on Twitter, with some attacking its veracity while others pointed out that in the ‘party leader not facing the media stakes’, Corbyn’s not even in the same frame as his Tory counterpart:
The ‘MSM’ have been in full-on attack mode today attempting to dismiss Corbyn’s radical plans to democratise our media and protect the UK public from undue influence by vested interests.
You’d almost think they were worried.
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