During Radio 4’s Today programme’s (Saturday, 20th May) newspaper review, an item was highlighted that the intelligence services had, at one point, opened a file on Jeremy Corbyn due to suspicions he was supportive of the IRA.
The Labour manifesto was beginning to gain traction, while the Tory’s had met hostility. Better to switch from competing ideas and policies to personalities and character assassination.
A story in a ‘paper has limited impact, but reported by a national broadcaster significantly magnifies its effect.
Corbyn’s subsequent statement condemning all bombing is also now being interpreted, through compliant media, as being pro-IRA.