The Guardian – along with other liberal ‘MSM’ outlets – was strongly criticised on Wednesday for misrepresenting a YouGov poll in an article that claimed Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was under pressure from party members to change his Brexit strategy.
The poll, as the SKWAWKBOX showed on Wednesday evening, showed that fewer than a third of Labour members disagreed at all with Corbyn’s strategy – and only eight percent felt strongly about it.
But the Guardian has followed the criticism by publishing essentially the same claim on its front page:
The Guardian claims that Corbyn is “
Under increasing pressure from party members and MPs to reconsider his approachThe Guardian, 4 Jan 2019
The paper then goes on to claim that a:
planned intervention follows the publication of a study revealing that a majority of party members want the Labour leader to back a second referendum, though most remain loyal to Corbyn’s leadership.The Guardian, 4 Jan 2019
But the poll does not merely find that ‘most remain loyal to Corbyn’s leadership‘. It finds that most – fully 71% – either specifically support his Brexit approach, or don’t care enough about it to have an opinion, with a large majority of those supportive:
Labour writer and commentator Aaron Bastani gave a succinct assessment of the Guardian’s representation – or misrepresentation – of the information:
The Guardian is merely the most brazen example of mainstream fake news about Labour’s position on Brexit, the opinion of the party’s members and Jeremy Corbyn’s approach to the issue – which has consistently outmanoeuvred Theresa May to such an extent that quiet preparations are now being made for a new snap general election.
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