Debate: Jeremy Corbyn, antisemitism and the British media – Simon Dawes

25 09 2018

If you’re having trouble keeping up with British political controversies and only vaguely familiar with the story of “Jeremy Corbyn and Labour’s antisemitism crisis”, you’d be forgiven for thinking from occasionally glimpsed headlines and social media posts that the current leader of the UK opposition party was a “racist and antisemite”, that he had “waged war on the Jews” and that he “posed an existential threat to Jewish life”. Read the rest of this entry »





‘Corbyn the Commie’ smear is all about tabloid press fear of regulation – Ivor Gaber

24 02 2018

Following Labour’s better than expected election result in 2017, right-wing press hostility to Corbyn briefly died down – only to suddenly flare up again in the last week with an almost nostalgic theme. Read the rest of this entry »





Corbyn’s digital meh-nifesto is too rooted in the past to offer much for the future – Paul Bernal

8 09 2016

corbynWhile the Labour Party recently launched their Digital Democracy Manifesto with as much fanfare as they could muster, the reaction to it could be safely described in social media terms as “meh”. There was derision from those who deride everything Corbyn says, and very little from the rest of the media, who moved on to more important things such as after work drinks and JK Rowling’s spat with Corbyn’s Twitter followers. Read the rest of this entry »





Off the rails: Branson v Corbyn in #traingate – Tom Rudkin and Owen O’Rorke

1 09 2016

Jeremy CorbynAs the “#traingate” juggernaut gathered pace along the tracks of political intrigue, some may have missed the ICO’s announcement that it is investigating Virgin Trains’ decision to release CCTV footage of the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn walking through carriages on the 11am from London to Newcastle. The investigation seems to have been prompted by a complaint from Mr Corbyn’s camp. Read the rest of this entry »





Facing a hostile press, Jeremy Corbyn can’t win: he could at least try – Justin Lewis

9 08 2016

image-20160804-505-1ixjth2It is a fact of British life that leaders of the Labour Party have the disadvantage of dealing with a fiercely partisan press with an in-built Conservative bias. But, according to two research reports from the London School of Economics and Birkbeck College/Media Reform Coalition, this antipathy has reached new levels of vitriol. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Two new studies on reporting Jeremy Corbyn – the press as attack dog

3 08 2016

Jeremy_CorbynA recent study [pdf] by the LSE Department of Media and Communications has concluded that, in reporting on the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, “UK journalism has played an attackdog, rather than a watchdog, role“. Read the rest of this entry »