Joining those who have deleted Tweets, but should have deleted them rather earlier, or in her case not Tweeted at all, is Kate McCann of Sky News, who should not be confused with anyone else of that name. Ms McCann’s last berth was at the increasingly desperate and downmarket Telegraph, and the howler she has just been caught performing is more suited to the Tel - or to the Murdoch Sun, where she worked before that.
Maybe smirk a little less and apologise a little more
“Looks like Gordon Nardell, the QC appointed to oversee Labour disciplinary cases (inc many on anti-Semitism) IS leaving the party this year. Also hearing claims Karie Murphy - one of Corbyn’s top aides - is on extended leave. Party spox: ‘we don’t comment on staffing’”. Expert framing, eh? It’s all about anti-Semitism! Hey everyone - Labour just did some more anti-Semitism! Cooeee! More Labour anti-Semitism!
Except it isn’t: there are two things you need to know about Ms McCann’s now-deleted Tweet, and neither of them reflects well on either her, or her employer. One, Nardell is returning to full-time practice “following his term as Executive Director of Legal Affairs to the Labour Party, the Party’s inaugural General Counsel role”. So that’s a fixed-term assignment coming to its conclusion. Nobody is doing any anti-Semitism there.
But much worse, and most likely the real reason Ms McCann deleted the Tweet, is her reference to Karie Murphy, who is one of those Labour figures, like Seumas Milne, John McDonnell, Diane Abbott, and indeed Jeremy Corbyn himself, who is supposed to just sit there and allow every jumped-up hack and pundit smear and defame them, as if it were some kind of morbid entitlement. It isn’t, and this instance has crossed the line.
The Tweeter known as Tory Fibs put Ms McCann, and her pals, straight: “Jeremy Corbyn’s Chief of Staff, Karie Murphy, was at her mother’s bedside. Her mother died last night. Can you see how much distress unresearched speculation such as the stuff you print above causes hurt to a family privately grieving?”. That’s what crossing the line looks like.
And if her first intervention was bad, Ms McCann’s response was worse. “That is incredibly sad news and of course I wouldn’t want to add to that upset. I’ll delete the tweet now and if you give me a min I’ll explain the process I went through to check it last night”. HOW ABOUT SAYING SORRY? Christ on a bike, what are some of these hacks about?
Randall Northam tried to break it to her gently: “Look at the comments about Murphy and see what you started. If she was absent because she was at her dying mother’s bedside you have a lot of apologising to do”. As Kevin Kline once said, apologise.
Rosie Robertson, meanwhile, was not interested in Ms McCann’s explanation. “Your explanation for *what*, exactly? Setting up the original tweet to intimate that there was a sinister nefarious reason for Karie Murphy not being at work? If you had no info as to what was happening, good journalistic practice precludes speculation and innuendo!”
And the last like of that Tory Fibs Tweet echoes what many think about the disgraceful treatment of many on the left which is excused as journalism nowadays: “Labour will implement Leveson II to end this”. Which, of course, is the reason for all the smears.
They took Ms McCann out of the Tel. Sadly, they could not take the Tel out of Ms McCann.
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