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Jeremy Corbyn wades in on Labour’s war with the BBC – ‘they are obsessed with trying to damage the leadership’

When Seumas Milne wrote a letter of complaint to the BBC after Stephen Doughtly resigned from the shadow Cabinet live on Daily Politics, many in the Labour party thought it showed a lack of judgment on the part of Corbyn’s spin doctor.

However, a new VICE News documentary on the Corbyn leadership — titled Jeremy Corbyn: The Outsider — suggests that Milne is really just echoing the views of his boss when it comes to his stance on the Beeb Discussing the local election results, the interviewer puts to Corbyn that not all is rosy when it comes to his leadership. However, Corbyn hits back — suggesting that they are simply watching too much news on the BBC. He says they are ‘obsessed’ with trying to damage his leadership:

‘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 leadership of the Labour party. Unfortunately there are people in the Labour party who play into that.’

The Guardian doesn’t get off scot-free either. After reading a column by Jonathan Freedland on Labour’s anti-Semitism problem, Corbyn concludes that Freedland is ‘not a good guy at all’ and is also obsessed with him. As for other media outlets? He says he has been struck by how ‘shallow, facile and ill-informed the major commentators are’. Mr S suspects that Corbyn ought to get used to such media scrutiny if he hopes to continue to lead his party — let alone the country.

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