“We do not expect journalists to give any elected leader an easy ride,” a letter published in The Guardian and signed by more than 100 intellectuals reads, “but Corbyn has been treated from the start as a problem to be solved rather than as a politician to be taken seriously.”
by Natasha Hakimi Zapata, Truthdig
From The Guardian:
The leadership of Jeremy Corbyn has been subject to the most savage campaign of falsehood and misrepresentation in some of our most popular media outlets. He has, at different times, been derided, ignored, vilified and condemned. Few journalists attempted to fathom the reason for his overwhelming victory in the Labour leadership contest in 2015 and few have sought systematically and impartially to explore the policies he has promoted as leader. We do not expect journalists to give any elected leader an easy ride but Corbyn has been treated from the start as a problem to be solved rather than as a politician to be taken seriously.
The reason is that he has never been part of the Westminster village or the media bubble and that he has never hidden his commitment to socialist politics. At a time when austerity, insecurity and racism remain real threats to the lives of many people in the UK, we believe that Jeremy Corbyn can help to provide a way out of the mess we are in. We condemn the unwarranted attacks on his leadership by an unelected media and call on those who want to see meaningful and progressive social change to stand behind Jeremy Corbyn.
The letter was printed Friday as Angela Eagle confirmed she would challenge Corbyn in a Labour Party leadership contest. The Labour Party leader, however, continues to stand his ground, as evidenced in the interview below.
Read more here.
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