Rupert Murdoch’s The Times has celebrated the first of April with a front-page that surely has to be a jolly jape in celebration of the ancient tradition of ‘April Fool’. Surely even the sister-paper to the S*n couldn’t prepare such obvious nonsense in seriousness – a claim that Facebook groups that are not controlled by Labour and have no official standing with the party are “Corbyn’s hate factories“.
But Twitter users had different ideas. @EL4JC thought it betrayed intellectual bankruptcy on the part of the rag, or more likely of the ‘MSM’ in general:
The Guardian’s Dan Hancox pointed out that the article exposed its own premise as false in its first page and betrayed a serious lack of clue and sense about how Facebook works:
ScouseGirlMedia pointed out the bleakness of working for a Murdoch publication and the painful reflections on life choices that must – or should – ensue, with a reminder of that intellectual bankruptcy for good measure:
Twitter campaigner ‘Rachael Swindon’ suggested the article may reflect the MSM’s fear of the fact that Corbyn in Downing Street will order the immediate resumption of the Leveson inquiry into their reckless and criminal behaviour:
“Vanity by nature” pointed out that the claims in the article had pre-emptively been made nonsense by the failure of a months-long undercover journalism operation to find anything incriminating:
Writer Alex Nunns pointed out that any idiot could create a smear story about a political party by visiting any political Facebook page and that it’s much easier to do it with a Tory page – including pages with actual links to Tory organisations and politicians:
While journalist David Osland observed the what such front-page dross demonstrated about the Times’ current status compared to past glories:
But surely just before noon tomorrow Rupert Murdoch or Times editor John Witherow will leap out and shout ‘April Fool’, just in time to avoid the traditional fate of being the April Fool themselves for letting the gag go on too long.
Nobody could be that bad and that transparent if they were serious about trying to make mugs of every reader.
The SKWAWKBOX needs your support. This blog is provided free of charge but depends on the generosity of its readers to be viable. If you can afford to, please click here to arrange a one-off or modest monthly donation via PayPal. Thanks for your solidarity so this blog can keep bringing you information the Establishment would prefer you not to know about.
If you wish to reblog this post for non-commercial use, you are welcome to do so – see here for more.