The Truth about Goats
The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee has warned that democracy is under threat from online fake news; as opposed to the legitimate fake news in our print or TV media – ‘which is all perfectly kosher’. Likewise, The Daily Mail warned of social media peddling half truths and alarmist headlines, right below their Pulitzer prize-winning story: ‘Immigrant squirrels will rape your skull’.
The DCMS complained, to a collection of reporters from The Guardian, The Sun and Razzle, that Cambridge Analytica could never match the journalistic integrity of retired editors, such as Kelvin Mackenzie. A fact supported by the families of the Hillsborough disaster or Jeremy Brett on his death bed – although, Rebekah Brooks has asked for someone to hold her pint.
Apparently, half a dozen poorly conceived pieces of clickbait on Facebook are enough to inspire millions of Leave voters and had nothing to do with a Boris Johnson and a large, red ‘bus of lies’. MPs are particularly vexed that social media provides almost no lucrative £275,000 column with The Daily Telegraph.
The public are advised to return to traditional news outlets, like town criers and chicken entrails. A spokeswoman for Rupert Murdoch read out a statement: ‘I am alarmed at the undue influence of social media platforms on elections and our elected officials…because, that’s my job’.