4th January 2017
Back on 30th November last year, Merseyside Police released the above statement, revealing they’d never possessed any conclusive proof that a brick broke the shared stairwell window at the side of Sherlock House in Manor Road, Wallasey.
This was the window that prominent Labour politicians, local councillors, Merseyside PCC Jane Kennedy and large sections of the press / media falsely claimed to be Angela Eagle’s constituency office window – ‘broken by a Jeremy Corbyn supporter’.
On the same day of the police statement, we contacted a couple of hundred ‘political journalists’ on Tim Shipman’s list on Twitter in order to provide them with an update. This is one example of that tweet, which was duplicated many times:
The selection of 50 journos appears further down, in no particular order…
After being tweeted on 30th November 2016 with the news, they found neither the time nor the inclination to respond or to follow up on what was a crucial, game-changing update to the Angela Eagle #Brickgate #FakeNews story…. the one which falsely claimed that Corbyn supporters had smashed Angela Eagle’s office window.
The reporting of these falsehoods had all been done routinely, in dumb defiance of any press regulation (pretty much non-existent under IPSO anyway) and in breach of their own ‘journalistic codes’ on accuracy … and all without a shred of evidence.
For a dash of flavour, we’ve taken the opportunity to select and reproduce some of these journalists’ reactionary contributions to the #Brickgate Twitter debate at the time.
Back on 12th July 2016, in the heat of the moment, with feelings running high and the blood coursing through their veins (it was MEGA news, this broken window pane in an office in Wallasey, after all), some of them became quite fired up, and throwing caution to the wind, left all kinds of hostages to fortune peppered across their timelines. Some fairly senior politicians weighed in too.
1 Sophy Ridge – SKY -sets the tone with an out-and-out falsehood. Peter Hain bombs:
2 Ian Dunt – Politics.co.uk – sans evidence, lets his own emotions get the better of him
3 Ed Conway – SKY
4 Paul Goodman – Conservative Home
5 Beth Rigby – SKY
6 Jane Merrick – Freelancer – Bawls into the ether, then engages non-brick-throwers
7 Andrew Sparrow – Guardian
8 Nick Cohen – Observer, Time, Spectator, Standpoint
9 Darren McCaffrey – SKY
10 John Rentoul – Tony Blair’s biographer – Independent
12 Giles Dilnot – Director of Comms – just gets carried away with himself
13 Robert Hutton – Bloomberg
14 Mark Wallace – Exec. Editor, Conservative Home
15 Gaby Hinsliff – Guardian
16 Michael Deacon – Daily Telegraph – Not realising ‘brick truthers’ now includes police
17 Christopher Cook – Policy editor, Newsnight
18 Ian Katz – Newsnight
19 Matthew D’Ancona – Guardian, Standard
20 Amol Rajan – BBC Media editor
21 Kevin Maguire – Daily Mirror – 3 months on, he’s too important for fact-checking
22 Martin Kettle – Guardian
23 Chris Giles – Economics Editor, Financial Times
24 Ed Howker – Channel 4 News, Dispatches
25 Anushka Asthana – Guardian – sent us quite a few DMs at the time, now ignoring us
26 Adam Boulton – SKY
27 Ian Birrell – Foreign reporter, columnist
28 Iain Martin – Editor, Reaction
29 Theo Usherwood – Political Editor, LBC
30 Sebastian Payne – Political leader writer, Financial Times
31 James Lyons – Deputy Political Editor, Sunday Times
32 Chris Mason – BBC
33 Paul Waugh – Huffington Post – He just knows he’s right – coz Labour HQ told him
34 Rafel Behr – Political columnist, Guardian
35 Christopher Hope – Assistant Editor, Daily Telegraph
36 David Hughes, Press Association
37 Patrick Wintour,Diplomatic Editor, Guardian
38 James Millar – Freelancer
39 Andrew Picken – Politics and Investigations Editor, Sunday Post
40 Sam Macrory – Political journalist, BBC
41 Tony Grew – Parliamentary journalist
42 Torcuil Crichton – Westminster Editor, Daily Record
43 David Aaronovitch – Columnist, Times
44 Jason Groves – Deputy Political Editor, Daily Mail
45 Simon Jenkins – Guardian, Standard
46 Francis Elliott – Political Editor, Times
47 Andy McSmith – Freelancer
48 Polly Toynbee – Columnist, Guardian
49 Ben Wright – Political Correspondent, BBC
50 Michael Crick – Political Correspondent, Channel 4 News – ……….interesting……….
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