Labour MP Clive Lewis told a packed audience that the British media is “fit for purpose”, on 16 March. But this wasn’t meant as a compliment. He explained that we have “a media system” that is “fit for the political economy we are in”.
Fit for the establishment
We have a media system that "is fit for purpose". It is fit "for the political economy we are in".
It reinforces it.
And so any challenges to that economic and political system will see the media "respond accordingly".
The point the former BBC journalist was making is that it is not an accident that the establishment press reports the way it does. The press, including the BBC, reports the way it does because it ‘reinforces’ the establishment status quo. That status quo is corporate, individualistic, and neoliberal. In this worldview, governments are meant to allow ‘markets to self-regulate’, with minimal ‘intervention’. According to the speakers, the majority of the political and professional class accepts this view as an article of faith.
The MP for Norwich South made his comments during the 2019 Media Democracy Festival. The Canary attended the event, which featured workshops, talks, and discussions.'
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