Corbyn: Quoting Things I Have Said is “Cynical” Journalism

Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn has had a good old whinge about nasty journalists having the gall to point out things he has said in the past. Asked by ITV about those bin Laden comments, covered by all papers, Jez fired back:

“They were quite cynically and deliberately mis-reported… the point I made was it was a culmination of awful events all across the region and I said if they were capable of getting to Osama bin Laden then put him on trial.”

Awwww.

Was he cynically misrepresented? Is that really the only point he was making? Here is the quote in full context:

“I can’t answer the question of why [Obama will not release evidence of bin Laden’s death]. We can only guess that there is something fishy here; that Bin Laden wasn’t there, therefore, there has to be a story. Or, the pictures are very gory, or they show something else, such as he was unarmed and was shot – as may well, on this, there was no attempt that I can see to arrest him, to put him on trial, to go through that process. This was an assassination attempt and is yet another tragedy upon a tragedy, upon a tragedy. The World Trade Center attack was a tragedy, the war in Afghanistan was a tragedy, the war in Iraq was a tragedy.”

So, we have a) a nutty conspiracy theory about “something fishy” going on, b) Corbyn describing bin Laden’s assassination as a “tragedy“, and c) Corbyn equating bin Laden’s death with 9/11. Apparently directly quoting his own words is a smear…

ITV report Corbyn then moaned that “an awful lot of journalists were spending a lot of time trawling the archives for anything he has said”. Well, yes, the man does supposedly want to be Prime Minister…




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