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Fact-checking Newsnight on Labour’s ‘antisemitism problem’

This scandal was produced at CCHQ with the connivance of the Blairites. The BBC’s role in this affair is a disgrace to journalism. Newsnight allowed Julia Neuberger to freely slander Militant (now the Socialist Party of England and Wales), an organisation whose founder member, Ted Grant, was a Jew.

Jamie Stern-Weiner

Last night’s Newsnight gave top billing to the suspension of Labour MP Naz Shah for allegedly antisemitic comments.

Presenter Evan Davis opened proceedings as follows:

‘Labour is struggling to deal with the charge that it has an “antisemitic streak”.  Does it?

This is a good question.  As I showed in a recent openDemocracy piece on Labour’s alleged ‘antisemitism problem’, it is one that virtually no mainstream journalist who has reported on the issue has considered worthy of investigation.

In order to find out the answer to this question, Newsnight ran a short introductory film quoting five individuals all of whom agreed that Labour has an antisemitism problem, and that the Corbyn leadership has failed to adequately deal with it.  This was followed by a ‘debate’ between two individuals who also agreed that Labour has an antisemitism problem, and that the Corbyn leadership has failed to adequately deal with it.

Both film and ‘debate’ were…

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