A YouGov survey published today finds that a plurality (45%) believes that Labour has ‘no’, or ‘only a very small’, antisemitism problem:
That 22% of the population believes that Labour, the UK’s principal party of opposition, has a ‘fairly big’ or ‘very big’ problem with antisemitism is remarkable. It speaks to an abject and persistent failure on the part of reporters and columnists to perform the most basic fact-checking before repeating and endorsing politically-motivated smears.
Even so, it is heartening that just 7% of YouGov’s respondents were of the opinion that Labour has a ‘very big problem’ with antisemitism, which has been the position conveyed by the vast bulk of media coverage of this phoney ‘crisis’ to date.
For example, Newsnight addressed the issue by staging a ‘debate’ between two positions: ‘Labour has a serious antisemitism problem’ vs. ‘Labour has a serious antisemitism problem, and other parties do too’. The view that Labour has ‘only a very small problem’ of antisemitism, or else ‘no problem at all’, was scarcely hinted at.
It is difficult to see how journalists can justify their continued refusal to investigate the truth of claims about which a plurality of public opinion is sceptical. Especially when that scepticism is warranted by the evidence.