Repeat offender Rentoul issues humiliating ‘please retweet’ apology to Trickett to widespread mirth, but liberal paper kills story at last minute
Yesterday, ‘centrist’ hack John Rentoul had to issue a humiliating apology for libelling Labour left MP Jon Trickett – for accusing him of tweeting a slogan about murdering police officers – and ask readers to ‘please retweet’. The tweet quickly went viral as thousands of people obliged – reminiscent of Tory MP Ben Bradley’s grovelling 2018 apology to Jeremy Corbyn, which became the most widely-shared Conservative party tweet in history. Rentoul also had to pay a five-figure sum to a cause of Trickett’s choosing.
This is not Rentoul’s first offence. In 2015, he was forced to issue an apology for suggesting that then-Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn might say that France had brought ‘Paris [terrorist] attacks on itself’.
But rather than report on the important correction to a major smear against a serving MP, Skwawkbox understands that fellow liberals at the Guardian decided at the last minute to kill the story, even though Rentoul works at rival The Independent.
It seems discussions were well advanced with the paper for the story to be published – and with Rentoul’s restitution approved by the Independent there was no real reason for the Guardian not to proceed. But late in the process the Guardian’s editors decided they were not interested.
Fellow left-winger Howard Beckett told Skwawkbox:
This is a reflection of pathetic mainstream media whose sole agenda is to prevent change.
Looks, from here, like the so-called ‘mainstream’ media ‘centrists’ circling the wagons to protect one of their own.
The Guardian has been contacted for comment.
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