Here, though, a problem entered: that same public sympathised with the doctors’ grievances. There was widespread support for their stance. No matter: out came the hacks, with orders to smear, and smear they did. The problem was that the smears were so crude and amateurish as to generate little more than ridicule, and that includes attempts to suggest that the ones going on strike were all rotten lefties.
It's hard! It's left! It's, er, a smear
“Moet medics: High life of docs’ leaders who are heading up NHS strike … EXCLUSIVE: Pics show champagne-swilling lavish lifestyles enjoyed by striking ‘Moet medics’” screamed the headline, over an article that was only “exclusive” because the Sun hacks were the first to trawl junior doctors’ social media accounts for evidence that fitted their ludicrous claim that holidays and eating out made them somehow extravagant.