19 leading academics endorse rigour, caution, findings of damning media bias study

Earlier this month, the SKWAWKBOX published details of a landmark academic study that was highly critical of the integrity of the coverage by mainstream media of the issue of alleged antisemitism in the Labour Party. Predictably, that study was attacked by those who have an interest in portraying Labour in that way, or in maintaining […]

BBC refuses to comment on its and Kuenssberg’s lack of conference-speech balance

When Theresa May lurched onto the stage yesterday to begin her closing speech at the Tories’ conference, the BBC’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg seemed a bit excited: She proceeded to put out a series of tweets about the speech – and writer Thomas Pride noticed a certain contrast with the BBC’s reaction to Jeremy Corbyn’s […]

Academic study: SKWAWKBOX, other left media streets ahead of MSM on journalistic standards

The cover image of the media report Last week, the SKWAWKBOX published details of a landmark academic study of mainstream media (MSM) journalism around the supposed issue of ‘Labour antisemitism’. The report identified ninety-five serious, “systematic” failings in the methods and reporting of an array of titles and broadcasters, with the BBC News channel and the […]

Jewish Chronicle forced to follow again after SKWAWKBOX reveals Orthodox protest plan

At the beginning of this week, the SKWAWKBOX contacted the Jewish Chronicle (JC) to ask why it hadn’t published a text from an Orthodox Jewish group confirming that a Corbyn-supporting letter by leading Charedi (Orthodox) rabbis was genuine and that this blog would be publishing it shortly. The JC had quietly rowed back from claims […]

BBC ignores condemnation of Tory support for Hungary antisemitism

As the SKWAWKBOX showed yesterday, Tory MEPs voted to support the ‘sovereign’ right of the Hungarian government run by the overtly-antisemitic Viktor Orbán to discriminate against women, minorities and migrants – including accommodating and actively promoting antisemitism. The decision was condemned as ‘extremely concerning’ by the Board of Deputies of British Jews, but was met with […]

Labour set for new membership boost after new “Blair bleat” and ‘moderate’ claim

A “Blair bleat” Labour is preparing for a new influx of members after former PM Tony Blair again meddled in party business. Blair has created considerable amusement among insiders after an intervention in which he said he considers himself a ‘moderate’ and the words “it doesn’t really matter what I think or what MPs think” […]

Shuker also loses no-confidence vote – but this one was simplicity itself

Gavin Shuker The dramatic vote of no confidence passed against Joan Ryan MP by Enfield North Labour members stole most of the headlines on Thursday evening – but it wasn’t the only such vote to go against an MP known for attacking the party’s leader. Luton South MP Gavin Shuker was also the subject of […]

“Inappropriate”, “unaccountable” – letter from branch to Field’s CLP lays bare dissatisfaction

As the SKWAWKBOX revealed exclusively in late July, Birkenhead constituency Labour party (CLP) overwhelmingly voted no confidence in him – and to demand the withdrawal of the Labour whip from him – well before he opted to resign the whip on Thursday. Jumping before he was pushed, with maximum publicity. But a letter sent by […]

Video: SKWAWKBOX first name Newsnight thinks of when it talks new media

The SKWAWKBOX featured briefly on the BBC’s Newsnight programme on Thursday night in a way that was quite interesting. Journalist Owen Jones was talking about the billionaire-owned media and the host seemed to want to change the subject quickly – and so cut across Jones to say that the ‘traditional’ media is ‘plunging’ while ‘new media’ […]

Video: after years of smears, Corbyn’s thoughts on media change? Protect the poorest

Jeremy Corbyn spoke yesterday in Edinburgh about his plans for changes to the media landscape. ‘MSM’ coverage of the event has tended to focus on two areas. Either we’ve heard fake news about cameras not being allowed in and Corbyn not allowing journalists to ask questions – both untrue – or equally fake news about […]