British Left Asks Media to Do its Bidding

by Mike on January 18, 2011

in Media Bias,Politics,UK Politics

When the British Conservative Party won the largest number of seats in the last general election, they did not win an outright majority in the House of Commons.  That forced them to enter into a coalition with the Liberal Democrats (similar to our Democrats but probably more committed to civil liberties for law-abiding citizens).  During the new government’s honeymoon period, the opposition Labour Party struggled to find an effective message to challenge the new Prime Minister.

Before long, Labour decided to label the new government as the “Tory-led government” rather than the more commonly used “coalition government.”  The goal was to tag the Cameron government with what is still a questionable brand and to divide the two parties in charge.  Fair enough.  Part of a politician’s job is to cast the opposition in a negative light so your party can return to power and implement the policies it believes in.  It’s called spin and all parties do it, as they should.  It’s the media’s and voters’ jobs to cut through it.

But yesterday, Ed Miliband’s Labour Party took their PR campaign a step further when it asked to the British media to parrot Labour’s talking points by referring to the coalition government as “Tory-led in their hard news coverage.

On the hand, the request is so trivial that it doesn’t even seem important.  On the other hand, it’s a little troubling.  In both America and the UK, the mainstream media’s liberal bias is so overt that the main left-wing parties in both countries simply expect the media to parrot its propaganda.  More troubling is what the request says about our own country.  At least Miliband has to ask for the coverage the wants.  The British media may be natural allies of the political left, but they’re not quite the lapdogs you see on CNN, MSNBC and the major networks.

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Sal January 19, 2011 at 5:15 pm

At least their media hasn’t accused the Tories of being responsible for an horrible act of violence committed by a madman.


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