British Media Silent on Mike Pompeo’s remarks about Jeremy Corbyn
When one of the United States top diplomats makes a comment about interfering in a close allies internal politics you’d think that’d be big news right? In this instance you’d be wrong. The lackluster response for the UK media all comes down to who it involves; Jeremy Corbyn.
The mainstream press in the United Kingdom apparently don’t see an issue with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo threatening to stop a Jeremy Corbyn led government. While it was reported online by more liberal outlets such as The Mirror and The Guardian, UK broadcast media has made zero reference to it nearly 4 days later.
I wrote about Pompeo’s remarks when they emerged and it generated the most interest I’ve ever had in my work. Truly staggering numbers for a relatively new writer like myself.
So why wouldn’t outlets such as public broadcaster the BBC or Rupert Murdoch’s Sky News make even a passing reference to it?
The answer is of course because Mike Pompeo wants to stop Jeremy Corbyn becoming UK Prime Minister.
A Threat to the Status Quo
UK Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn has long been critical if the
journalists operate in the UK and beyond. One of the pledges he’s made is to shake up the UK press industry dramatically.
“A few tech giants and unaccountable billionaires control huge swathes of our public space and debate.”
It was at this event that he announced radical plans to overhaul to media landscape in the United Kingdom.
Some of the proposals announced included;
- Licence fee-payers electing representatives to the BBC’s governing board handing them power to its news output.
- Launching an independent fund to subsidise public service journalism paid for by the tech companies & large media companies.
- Holding part two of the Leveson Inquiry — The independent investigation into media corruption.
It is the last point that the big media moguls really fear. “Leveson II” as it’s dubbed would look at criminality, corruption and police collision in the UK press. Should it be held it would likely lead to new oversight of the media. Something that’s been largely resisted so far.
Currently, the large online and print media are regulated by the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). IPSO was set up in the wake of part one of the Leveson Inquiry.
Despite the word “independent” appearing, it’s actually run by representatives of big outlets themselves. IPSO frequently comes under fire for the decisions if makes.
Importantly, IPSO is not fully compliant with the recommendations set out by Lord Leveson. That award goes to IMPRESS.
Unlike the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO), IMPRESS is fully compliant with the recommendations of the Leveson Inquiry. No national newspaper has signed up to the new regulator. IMPRESS’s membership currently stands at 128 outlets.
Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party have been clear that the current way media and news operate has to change.
They want to see an end to a few billionaires owning 80% of national and local newspapers and a return to independent and local journalism to promote better quality.
It is these changes that has seen Jeremy Corbyn branded an enemy of the press.
The sheer lack of reporting of Pompeo’s remarks stinks of rank hypocrisy.
If for example, Russian Foreign Minister Serget Lavrov threatened to stop a Boris Johnson led government, which is looking ever more likely, there’d be media outrage and wall to wall coverage.
We’d see editorials decrying Russian interference and journalists lining up to criticize the remarks.
After all the alarm raised about alleged Russian interference in the EU referendum, you’d be forgiven for thinking they’ve simply missed Pompeo’s remarks.
However, there are few mainstream journalists like the Guardian’s Owen Jones, who are actually supportive of a Jeremy Corbyn government.
It is for that reason, you won’t see any outrage about The Secretary for State’s remarks about stopping Jeremy Corbyn becoming Prime Minister.