The perpetually thirsty Paul Staines and his rabble at the Guido Fawkes blog love to condemn others for peddling Fake News. But this is a mere diversionary tactic: as any fule kno, The Great Guido is at the head of the field when it comes to lying, smearing, and just inventing false stories in pursuit of his own agenda - and of course the ever-present desire to score More And Bigger Paycheques For Himself Personally Now.
He's done nothing wrong (again) ...
And one of the Fawkes massive’s favourite targets for the creation of Fake News is Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. So it was no surprise when the Fawkes blog saw that Jezza was on holiday in Mexico and decided to talk well about it, while lying badly. First on their agenda was to claim maliciously that Corbyn should have been in Parliament at the time, although the Commons has not been sitting. But this was a mere hors d’oeuvres.
... but that doesn't stop Billy Liar ...
The rather more substantial entrée came with the totally untrue claim that Jezza had been paying homage to Leon Trotsky, who was assassinated in Mexico City in 1940, and whose life is the subject of a museum there, in the house he lived in at the time of his murder. Corbyn, his wife and two friends visited a restaurant a whole city block away from the museum. But they did not visit it. That didn’t bother The Great Guido.
So out came the smear. “Labour did not deny that Jeremy Corbyn visited Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky’s house on a communist-themed jolly to Mexico this week … The Labour leader would have been able to visit the office where the Bolshevik revolutionary was bludgeoned to death by a Stalinist with an ice pick in 1940 … Corbyn could also have passed by Trotsky’s grave”. Except he didn’t visit either location.
... which was picked up and reheated by another liar ...
This meant a little judicious headline amendment, with four people dining out now described as “Corbyn Jolly Yards From Trotsky’s House In Mexico City”. Forget that it was a whole city block away, just do the guilt by association thing. And for a while it worked - long enough for the desperate Murdoch goons at the Super Soaraway Currant Bun to claim “Jeremy Corbyn ‘pays homage to Communist leader Trotsky’ during Christmas holiday in Mexico”. But it was Fake News, and the Sun has been forced to backtrack.
... but this headline has had to be changed. Because it's a lie ...
Now their “News” item boasts the rather weaker headline “Jeremy Corbyn poses near home of Communist leader Trotsky during Christmas holiday in Mexico”. Yeah, right. I walked along Las Ramblas in Barcelona last November - by this boneheaded logic, that connects me to the killings there a few months previously. It’s total bullshit.
... which means more of this
But then, the name on the by-line tells you all you need to know: the odious flannelled fool Master Harry Cole, formerly Staines’ tame gofer before he was not even slightly deservedly elevated to become the Sun’s alleged “Westminster Correspondent”. A pretend journalist pretending not to cadge his copy from a borderline Fake News site, then having to have said copy amended in the face of reality - reality being he was caught lying again.
Too many in and around our free and fearless press take the Fawkes blog on trust. They should exercise more care, but cannot resist the temptation to take up the constant stream of Corbyn-bashing smears. And all it does is to propagate Fake News.
Then they wonder why the public won’t buy their papers. So no change there, then.