Labour will not “take shit” from the media during the snap general election campaign, shadow chancellor John McDonnell has warned.
At the event called ‘The Media War On Labour - And How To Defeat It’, which was organised by Morning Star and funded by Unite the union, senior party figures accused a “right wing press” of ruining Labour’s chances of victory at the polls and of being biased.
“It was the same on Question Time, I was interrupted more than any panel member put together [sic],” the shadow chancellor said.
McDonnell said: “We have to make sure that when we use live broadcast in particular, because they can’t edit it out, we do it more effectively and as best we can - and we don’t take the shit anymore. We don’t take shit anymore.”
He claimed there were outlets where editors “refuse to report the truth”, adding that Labour activists must “use the broadcast media that we have” and “make sure that we do know what we are talking about when we go on air”.
McDonnell also claimed that journalists resiled from criticising Labour “because we’re the threat”, and added: “We are going to make the owners of these newspapers pay their taxes.
“We are going to make them accountable in Leveson part 2, and we are going to make them responsible for their actions.”
He's not always the kind, cuddly, cardigan-wearning old uncle he seems on TV, is he?