We must be going up in the world. Seems the right-wingers are really, really eager to discredit this blog. So much so that they’ll go to the lengths of creating fake documents and back-story to try to undermine the SKWAWKBOX’s credibility – and then to publish fake news about fake news.
Ultra-Tory blog ‘Guido Fawkes’ jumped in quickly after this blog put up some caveated information – and then withdrew it 20 minutes or so later when it became apparent it was falsified. Very eager, old ‘Guido’:
Guido didn’t check his facts – or didn’t care. Nor did the likes of Conservative Home’s executive editor who jumped in and repeated the smear, disregarding the basic facts.
The original article – the one removed, with a full, prominent correction, minutes after it went up – had several caveats saying ‘If this is genuine’ – because the author wasn’t certain it was.
Publishing an image and saying ‘If it’s genuine this is hugely significant’ doesn’t make it ‘fake news’ when the image turns out to be a forgery. It’s a correct statement – if it had been real, it would have been. And then, when you find out it’s false, you publish that.
But the right-wingers – whether in the Labour Party or the Tories – don’t let little things like that get in the way of a smear. Even when that means publishing fake news.
Of course, it’s deeply annoying to have given any credence at all to something that turned out to be fake. This writer was extremely pissed off about it – but a tiny bit less so when it became clear that the clearly-coordinated scam and online mockery afterward were a back-handed compliment.
The SKWAWKBOX has been extremely pleased to have exposed the actions of Tories, unprincipled actions by odious union candidates and desperate right-wing MPs and more over recent weeks – and delighted to have got up the nose of such people to the extent of pushing them to do something that shows them up.
But on a human note, the writer was far more delighted by a straightforward compliment when his daughter – not a naturally effusive person – having read about the online events, came to tell him she was proud of him and that the would-be saboteurs could ‘go and do one’.
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