Broadcasts ‘quote’ put out by well-known spoof account
The BBC has reported as fact a ‘quote’ by Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson – that was put out by well-known Twitter satire account ‘Han Dodges’.
Watson today held onto his post by the skin of his teeth after right-wing unions turned against a move to abolish the deputy leader position, even though one of the unions had performed the same manoeuvre. Angry Labour members feel that Watson continually undermines the party instead of contributing to it – and ‘Dodges’ tapped into that fury:
Watson’s actual Twitter handle is simply ‘Tom_Watson’ – but the BBC failed to spot the added ‘MP’ on the tweeting account and hilariously quoted it in its broadcast coverage:
‘Dodges’ tweets are believable because they say what people feel the spoofed figures really think. Judging by the BBC’s use of the tweet, the nation’s broadcaster is of a similar mind to many Labour members and supporters.
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