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REPORT: UK press gave Corbyn a harsh start

Illustration: Media Reform Coalition, design by Jack Scott. Published with permission.

The eight national newspapers in the United Kingdom largely used a negative tone when writing about Jeremy Corbyn during his first week as the leader of the Labour party. The claim is made by the advocacy group Media Reform Coalition (MRC), which recently published its study on the matter. The MRC research looked at 494 news stories, editorials and comment pieces, out of which 60 per cent were found negative in tone.

In addition, the study found news pieces to have been even more negative than editorials and opinion pieces. The matter is made worse by having the country’s two most popular newspapers being almost uniformly negative towards Corbyn, the MRC concludes.

The MRC’s report, The media’s attack on Corbyn, is available online.

Illustration: Media Reform Coalition, design by Jack Scott. Published with permission.

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