‘Absolutely shameless’: Ken Loach says BBC helped ‘destroy’ Jeremy Corbyn | Film

Director Ken Loach has attacked the BBC for its “absolutely shameless role” in what he describes as “the destruction of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership” of Labour.

In an interview with Equal Times, Loach said the BBC “played a huge role” in the former Labor leader’s departure and that “the whole political project of Corbyn, who almost became government three years ago years, has been erased from public discourse. .”

Loach agreed that Corbyn’s term as leader, which ended in 2020 after Labour’s defeat in the 2019 general election, had been “delegitimized”. He said: “They rewrote history so that it no longer exists. It’s like the photograph of Trotsky that Stalin cut out. The man does not exist in the story. Jeremy Corbyn no longer exists in the story now.

Loach also took aim at the current Labor leadership, saying “the manipulation of the rules and the outright aggression has been unbelievable. It should be unbelievable: the manipulation of the rules against the left, the imposition of candidates, the expulsions and the fact that at least 200,000 people to our knowledge – and probably more – have left the Labor Party under [Keir] Starmer. It’s not even news! If we ever needed a clear example of political manipulation by broadcasters, here it is.

Loach said in 2021 he was kicked out of Labor for “not denying[ing] those already expelled. He had previously left Labor in the 1990s, apparently in disgust with Tony Blair, and joined after Corbyn was elected leader. He represented the Respect party in the 2004 European Parliament elections and in 2013 helped launch Left Unity.

Loach said the Guardian was a “co-offender” alongside the BBC in coverage of Corbyn. “As part of the liberal media, when these two have led the silence on this extraordinary story, then of course the right-wing press will get the most out of it,” he said.

While several of his feature films, including I, Daniel Blake and Sorry We Missed You, have received funding from the BBC, Loach has criticized the organization in the past, saying in 2016 that its information operation was “manipulative and deeply political”, and in 2019 describing a Panorama inquiry into anti-Semitism within the Labor Party as “probably the most disgusting show I have ever seen on the BBC. He raised the horror of racism in the most atrocious way of propaganda, with crude journalism, and he bought the propaganda of people who intended to destroy Corbyn. The BBC dismissed Labor’s complaints about the Panorama inquiry, and Ofcom said it considered it “impartial”.

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