Jeremy Corbyn has revealed he thinks elements of the media are “obsessed” with him and his leadership of the Labour Party after giving exclusive access to Vice News for a documentary.
Journalist and Labour Party member Ben Ferguson followed the opposition leader over an eight-week period, covering Iain Duncan Smith’s resignation from the cabinet, local elections and the anti-Semitism row.
During the course of the 30-minute long documentary (see video below), titled Jeremy Corbyn: The Outsider, Corbyn reveals his impressions of the British media.
On the BBC he says: “There is not one story on any election anywhere in the UK that the BBC will not spin into a problem for me. It’s obsessive beyond belief. They are obsessed with trying to damage the Labour Party.”
The Guardian’s political columnist Jonathan Freedland is described as “not a good guy at all” by the Islington North MP for an article claiming Labour under Corbyn has a problem with anti-Semitism.
The piece was part of a media storm over successive remarks by Labour politicians. Corbyn calls the story: “Utterly disgusting subliminal nastiness, the whole lot of it,” before adding that Freedland “seems kind of obsessed with me”.
Vice News recently laid off 20 journalists, including 15 in the USA, three online reporters for the UK website and two foreign correspondents. The company said it was streamlining services under new global news operations director Josh Tyrangiel.
Last month Neil Breakwell was named London bureau chief for Vice News, joining from the BBC where he was deputy editor at BBC Newsnight.