Jeremy Corbyn today delivered his inaugural speech to Labour's annual Autumn conference, beginning with a blistering attack on Conservative rivals and those in the media he claimed were set on smearing him wherever possible.
The Islington MP, elected earlier this month by 59% of the so-called 'selectorate' members and supporters, rounded on Daily Mail, Times and Express reporters "tawdry media attacks".
Corbyn cited articles including the Daily Mail's "revelation" that he "welcomed the prospect of an asteroid 'wiping out' humanity".
“Now, asteroids are pretty controversial and it’s not the kind of policy I’d want this party to adopt without a full debate in conference, so can we have the debate later in the week?” he jested, to laughter and applause from audience members.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn starts his first conference speech as Labour leader with jokes about media coverage https://t.co/8lykieRYSI— Shah Jee (@mardanone) September 29, 2015
Many journalists posted messages on social media about Corbyn's comments.
"No rudeness from me" says Corbyn, after a five minute rudefest against the media— Jane Merrick (@janemerrick23) September 29, 2015
Corbyn with 268,000 followers on Twitter attacks reach of mainstream media.— Tim Montgomerie ن (@montie) September 29, 2015
“There’s going to be no rudeness from me” says Corbyn (the media and commentariat aside, of course) #Lab15— Sebastian Payne (@SebastianEPayne) September 29, 2015
Corbyn slams "commentariat". But on spectrum between laughably naive and unforgivably infantile, his media operation has tended to latter— amol rajan (@amolrajan) September 29, 2015
I'm in the conference media room and I can confirm the commentariat are reeling from that absolutely sick burn from Corbyn.— Jamie Ross (@JamieRoss7) September 29, 2015
Others remained a little more jovial about the whole affair.
Ok, now Corbyn is praising the BBC so maybe I'll be allowed to leave the media section alive— Jess Brammar (@jessbrammar) September 29, 2015
Time to hide those press badges again kids, biggest cheer in the hall so far goes to Corbyn's attack on media "commentariat"— Kate McCann (@KateEMcCann) September 29, 2015
Well, nobody is going to vote for the media after this. #Lab15— Hugo Rifkind (@hugorifkind) September 29, 2015
But the sentiment seemed to resonate with social media users - and even a few journalists - who piled in to defend Corbyn and his stand against the so-called "commentariat".
Politics not governed by and tailored to the media. Yes, this is exactly what's needed. #Corbyn— GeorgeMonbiot (@GeorgeMonbiot) September 29, 2015
If you work in the media and think Corbyn is unwise to criticise it then you're probably part of the problem— Max Benwell (@Max_Benwell) September 29, 2015
Today programme and Sky News pulled me last week. Media omertà against Corbyn. You know what? He doesn't need them. #Lab15— Aaron Bastani (@AaronBastani) September 29, 2015
Media: "You're a terrorist supporting hippy!"
JC: "Well, you're not relevant any more."
Media: "There's no need for such vile invective."— Bigtime Corbyn-Liker (@keewa) September 29, 2015