As the SKWAWKBOX showed at the beginning of January, the Guardian claimed that Jeremy Corbyn was ‘under pressure’ from Labour members to come out in favour of a so-called “people’s vote”.
This was apparently part of the ongoing centrist propaganda attempt to create a perception that Labour under Corbyn is losing support – a perception that is entirely fake news, as has been repeatedly demonstrated over the course of this month.
And the Guardian article was also fake news, since the polling it published showed clearly that fewer than one in three Labour members disagree with Corbyn’s Brexit stance – and only eight percent of those who prefer remain and might want a new referendum felt strongly about it:
Rather than correct its misleading article, the Guardian moved the news to its front page.
Shortly afterward, three well-informed Labour officials wrote to the paper to challenge its skewed reporting:
We are concerned that your article of 8 January, ‘Labour grassroots step up anti-Brexit pressure’ is misleading about grassroots pressure in Labour for changing the party policy.
Only at the end of the piece is it mentioned that far more Labour members support the party’s current policy than oppose it. So the truth is that the majority of the grassroots are not stepping up pressure on Jeremy Corbyn at all, just a minority.
Jeremy Corbyn is providing serious leadership on the issue, ensuring that Labour is relentlessly and very effectively opposing both May’s Brexit deal and a no deal. To date this is not being seriously reported by the Guardian.
Tony Beddow; Mike Bird; Maggie Simpson
Labour National Policy Forum members, Wales
The Guardian did not publish the letter.
At the time of the article in question, the SKWAWKBOX described the Guardian as a ‘brazen example of mainstream fake news’ about Labour’s Brexit position, but only one of many. It seems it is cowardly as well as brazen.
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