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Joel Benjamin @Gian_TCatt
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1. The following is a thread on Brexit, #bluepassports and 'fake news'
2. The whole black/ #bluepassport thing = so farcical. Did my best to avoid the subject, until PM's spin doctor @RobbieGibb started tweeting about ‘fake news’ harming democracy
3. It’s not just that @RobbieGibb is @TheresaMay’s spin doctor. It’s he’s an ex-#BBC (public interest) Producer, for @daily_politics who claims to serve democratic interests...
4. Recently @alexnunns pointed out @daily_politics had at least 2 right wing guests for every centre-left/ left commentator invited on the show? Much to @afneil's annoyance
5. Manipulation of public opinion occurs as much via omission at the #BBC as it does through censorship. Omitting genuine left opinion for decades has created a right-wing, neoliberal echo chamber in society - that gave rise to Corbynism…
6. We fund the #BBC. It's supposed to educate and serve the ‘public interest’ so why are all the people who run the BBC corporate puppets, for the likes of EDF, Barclays, HSBC and BAE Systems? In whose interests are they acting?
7. Why has print media dominated by Rupert Murdoch, Paul Dacre & the Barclays Brothers been allowed to set a right wing, neoliberal, anti-environment, anti -Europe, anti-worker agenda for so long in Britain? Where is the regulator?
8. When faithful servants of corporate media like Robbie Gibb cry “fake news” to the delight of Tory bruiser @JamesCleverly re: criticism of #BluePassports - we should all ask what is going on we're being distracted from..?
9. The fact we’re even discussing #BluePassports is due to pr*cks like @Nigel_Farage (a former stock-broker) spreading lies (fake news) passports are red because of EU dictat & can’t be changed in the UK
10. We can’t talk about Brexit, or #BluePassports without talking about the years of open-door #BBC access for Farage & UKIP to spread disinformation on the EU, immigration #NHS and welfare state.
11. The #BBC gave UKIP 4x the airtime of @TheGreenParty on @bbcquestiontime since 2010, despite having the same number of MPs for most of this time. Who is accountable?…
12. Of course its not just the BBC, The European Commission has to set up a website to debunk the torrent of EU related fake news churned out by the British Press…
13. This leads me to Thomas Jefferson: “ A properly functioning democracy is not possible without an informed electorate.” On nearly every issue, British citizens are deliberately mis-informed by the corporate media.…
14. The #Brexit campaign was fought on the back of decades of lies. The Remain side started from an obvious disadvantage. But @David_Cameron, himself a PR man, must have known this when he called the EU Referendum.
15. Let’s not forget how close @David_Cameron was to Rebecca Brooks and Rupert Murdoch. And lets not forget what Murdoch said about his lobbying impact in Brussels and no.10 Downing St.
16. Truth is, the average person who voted for #Brexit is going to lose out financially. Power ultimately does not lie in Brussels as Brexiteer’s would have you believe. It lies in the Corporations, Banks, and City of London which have held UK democracy hostage for decades.
17. So next time the right wing press throw you a click bait non-story like #BluePassports, ask yourself in whose interests that media outlet operate, and what stories they might be trying to hide...
18. Ultimately, there can be no democracy in Britain without serious media reform. You can’t expect a decent society and fair elections with the “most right-wing press in Europe”…
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