Political correctness blamed in English cases
The exact opposite of the hoaxmap project is currently at work in the British press, where journalists are seeking to reveal the true extent of real crimes committed by groups of men with Muslim and Pakistani heritage.
Over the past two years English newspapers and police forces have been accused of covering up sexual crimes against teenage white girls and women by men from Asian communities. Now court cases and independent inquiries in Rotherham (link to pdf) and Oxford (link to pdf) have revealed the extent of the abuse and the cover-ups. Some commentators, for example Chris Boycott writing in the Daily Express about the latest child sex trial in Keighley, blame ‘political correctness’ - in other words the desire of editors and police forces to appear positive about ethnic minorities and to avoid any potential allegation of racism (more).
The English press is also under fire from supporters of the new leader of the opposition, Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn. A veteran left-wing MP, he has been accused in newspapers including the Sun and the Daily Mail of extremism, disrespect to the Queen and scruffy appearance.
Corbyn’s response has been to use social media and email to contact Labour voters, rather than talking to newspaper and TV journalists. Since the latest YouGov survey reveals that the UK media is the most right-wing in Europe, this is a logical move.
One of his supporters, dubbed ‘Corbynistas’ by the right-wing papers, is Declan Seachoy. He runs Corbyn Media Watch, a Facebook community that shares alternative coverage of the Labour leader.
It is devoted to the leader of the Opposition, Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn but Seachoy says it is not connected to the party nor to Corbyn’s political staff.
Interviewed by ECPMF, Seachoy said he started the posts when Jeremy Corbyn was elected as leader. “Corbyn was speaking at a rally that was completely packed out, and there were hundreds of people outside the hall who couldn’t get in. I can’t remember when any politician has attracted that level of support in recent times. Yet it wasn’t reported in the mainstream press” he says.
Declan Seachoy created a meme to show Facebook followers how Labour party membership has tripled under Corbyn. He posts videos of the leader in action in the House of Commons.
And he also reports stories which – he claims – are suppressed by editors because they reflect badly on the Conservative government.
An example is the case of a mother, Frances McCormack, whose son hanged himself in his bedroom. This meant that she had an empty bedroom and was therefore obliged to pay the ‘bedroom tax’, a fee charged to social housing tenants who have more bedrooms in their homes than residents.