UK media's obsession with Jeremy Corbyn - The Listening Post (Lead)

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Britain is in the midst of a snap election campaign on June 8th, but the way the story is being covered could well end up being a factor in the end result.

This past Tuesday, the opposition Labour Party's Jeremy Corbyn officially released its election platform. Corbyn's leadership is a major sub-plot in the election story because his party is divided between those who support Corbyn and his push to the left and those who want to keep Labour where it was, more of a centre-left party.

That it's an obsession of the UK's right-wing press, which dominate the print market, is to be expected. The Sun, the Daily Mail and others have been openly hostile toward Corbyn since he took over the leadership in 2015. But has there been a more subtle form of anti-Corbyn/anti-Labour bias in the country's broadcast media, which, under UK regulatory laws, are legally required to be balanced in their coverage?

Andrew Pierce, journalist, Daily Mail
Aaron Bastani, co-founder, Novara Media
Peter Catterall, professor of history and policy, University of Westminster
Annabelle Sreberny, professor of Global Media and Communications, SOAS University of London

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