Bad News for Labour
Antisemitism, the Party and Public Belief
A groundbreaking study on the reality behind the headlines on antisemitism and the British Labour Party.
There has been an extraordinary media output on the issue of Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Party and antisemitism. Accusations about the Labour Party have made headlines on a daily basis. In the three years after Corbyn became leader there were over five thousand news stories and articles in the national press alone.
Bad News for Labour examines the impact of this coverage on public beliefs about the Party. It replaces media hype with the rigorous analysis of evidence. The authors draw on carefully compiled research to reveal surprising findings in this guide to the reality behind the headlines.
Greg Philo is Professor of Communications and Social Change at the University of Glasgow, and Director of the Glasgow University Media Unit. He is the author, with Mike Berry, of 'More Bad News from Israel' (Pluto, 2011), and co-author, with Emma Briant and Pauline Donald, of 'Bad News for Refugees' (Pluto, 2013).
Mike Berry is a lecturer in the Journalism School at Cardiff University and is the author of 'The Media, the Public and the Great Financial Crisis' (2019) and, with Greg Philo, of 'Israel and Palestine: Competing Histories' (Pluto, 2006).
Justin Schlosberg is a media activist, researcher and lecturer in Journalism and Media at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is a former Chair of the Media Reform Coalition and Edmund J Safra Network Fellow at Harvard University. He is the author of 'Media Ownership and Agenda Control' (2016) and 'Power Beyond Scrutiny (Pluto, 2013).
Antony Lerman is Senior Fellow at the Bruno Kreisky Forum for International Dialogue in Vienna and Honorary Fellow of the Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations at Southampton University. He is the author of The Making and Unmaking of a Zionist: A Personal and Political Journey (Pluto, 2012) and editor of Do I Belong? (Pluto, 2017).
David Miller is Professor of Political Sociology at the University of Bristol. He is a founder director of Public Interest Investigations and a director of the Organisation for Propaganda Studies. He is the co-editor of 'What Is Islamophobia?' (Pluto, 2017) and the author of 'Thinker, Faker, Spinner, Spy' (Pluto, 2007) and 'A Century of Spin' (Pluto, 2007).
'At last! Here is a book that rigorously examines the facts behind the allegations of antisemitism in the Labour Party. The reality is more shocking, and more surprising, than the headlines in the press would have you believe. Here is the evidence - read it.' - Ken Loach
'This carefully-executed study uncovers and explores a propaganda exercise of astonishing scale and effectiveness: the relentless effort to tar Corbyn's Labour Party with anti-Semitism. The impact is revealed by the fact that public estimates of the number of Labour members investigated on the charge is literally hundreds of times the actual number. And other perceptions have been comparably manipulated. A very revealing inquiry, yielding much to ponder.' - Noam Chomsky
'A must-read for those who have questioned the veracity of the case against the Labour Party' - Ghada Karmi, Middle East Eye
'This compelling, thoughtful text is essential reading for everyone on the left wanting to confront antisemitism. It provides a benchmark for future research and strategy when tackling this explosive issue of our time.' - Lynne Segal, author of 'Radical Happiness: Moments of Collective Joy'
'What the careful research reported in this book reveals is a successful disinformation campaign. Anyone who cares for facts needs to read it.' - Colin Leys, honorary professor at Goldsmiths University of London; author of 'Market-Driven Politics: Neoliberal Democracy and the Public Interest', and, with Stewart Player, 'The Plot Against the NHS'
'Reading this timely book convinces me that the media campaign against antisemitism in the Labour Party is similar to the media onslaught on the 'loony left' in the 1980s. Both campaigns connected to some disturbing truths: and both inflated and weaponised these truths for political purposes.' - James Curran, Professor of Communications at Goldsmiths University of London, co-author of 'Culture Wars: The Media and the British Left'
'A necessary corrective to widespread media distortions. Scholarly and persuasive, it rescues the facts from a storm of misinformation.' - Raoul Martinez, author of 'Creating Freedom'
'Full of fascinating research and compelling evidence. This is a serious and timely piece of work.' - Francesca Martinez, comedian and author of 'What the **** Is Normal?!'
'The essays in this book provide evidence and arguments that are deeply troubling for all concerned, and demand careful attention.' - Peter Golding, Emeritus Professor, Northumbria University
'Shines a bright light on the real reasons behind this manufactured crisis and the truth at the heart of it. Recommended.' - Alexei Sayle, comedian, actor and author
1. Believe It or Not - Greg Philo and Mike Berry
2. Divisions and Competing Accounts - Greg Philo and Mike Berry
3. What Could Have Been Done and Why It Wasn't, and Will It End? - Greg Philo and Mike Berry
4. Media Coverage of the IHRA Definition and Its Adoption by the Labour Party - Justin Schlosberg
5. Weapons in the Labour Antisemitism Wars? The IHRA Working Definition and the Accusation of 'Institutional Antisemitism' - Antony Lerman
6. 'A' State of Israel or 'The' State of Israel: The Politics of the IHRA Definition - David Miller
Appendix: Timeline of Events
Hardcover ISBN: 9780745340654
eBook ISBN: 9781786805720
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