In Defence of Liberty

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“Some things you won’t hear on the BBC”


Some things are self-refuting. (Source: Twitter)

Over on Twitter, the ‘Jeremy Corbyn 4 PM’ account — which is not formally representative of Mr Corbyn or the Labour leadership — criticised the BBC’s coverage, along with the rest of the “MSM” (“mainstream media”). This account stated:

Some things you won’t hear on the BBC and MSM. Labour is the most popular party and [Jeremy Corbyn] has a huge mandate.

The claim is actually self-refuting, as they included images from the BBC’s coverage, showing that Labour had the highest projected national share, and the result of Labour leadership election. This was noticed by two main reporters on the BBC’s election night coverage: Huw Edwards, who hosted; and Jeremy Vine, who ran the election visualisations.

In the age of social media, the BBC and other media organisations should be wary of the counter-narratives that gurgle beneath the political surface.

Whilst some people may be unhappy with any media portrayal of their party or leader that is anything short of obsequious and compliant,  complaints of this kind can infect regular discussions [1].

The brave new world of social media will require journalists to be open, transparent and vigorous defenders of their own work.


[1] Masters, A., 2016. ‘You won’t hear this in the media’. In Defence of Liberty. Available from: [Accessed: 8th May 2016]



This entry was posted on May 17, 2016 by in National Politics and tagged , , , .
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