A newspaper editor’s frank account of Jeremy Corbyn’s ‘rock star’ popularity ‘wherever he turns up’ and his ‘prime ministerial’ status astonishingly made it into the 10.30pm newspaper review. By the 11.30pm review, the article in question was not discussed at all
Saturday night’s edition of the BBC’s nightly review of the following day’s newspapers featured an almost unheard-of event – a frank, unfiltered admission of Jeremy Corbyn’s massive popularity with the public.
Even more astonishingly, it also included the confession that Corbyn is ‘prime ministerial’.
So great is Corbyn’s popularity, according to the political editor Nigel Nelson, that “wherever he turns up” he is greeted like a “rock star” – and his personal qualities are so great that he is both prime ministerial and the same in private:
Corbyn’s phenomenal energy, stamina and work-rate were also covered – and as if that weren’t enough, the strength of Labour’s social care policies versus the Tories’ complete absence of any was also included.
The BBC presenter had asked “Very quickly, what’s he like engaging with the public” – leading to an instant response: “Well the public love him.”
This must have created some panic in her earpiece, because she quickly attempted to divert the discussion onto whether Corbyn’s public persona is at odds with the man in private:
The public persona and when you get one-to-one with him are presumably very different, because you see so many, you know, differing, conflicting reports.
It didn’t work.
The BBC couldn’t take back the presenter’s ‘error’ or undo the impromptu honesty about Jeremy Corbyn’s huge popularity that it led to.
So they did the next best thing.
In the second edition of the review an hour later – even though it was a minute longer and didn’t need to be shortened – the BBC made sure the ‘mistake’ could not be repeated.
The Mirror’s article on Corbyn was simply not mentioned.
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