It used to be that ‘reputable’ journalists needed proof before making absurd claims..
But in the case of the Guardian’s Carole Cadwallr, the situation is really getting out of hand..
Now some might retort that Carole Cadwallr is far from a ‘reputable’ journalist. Its true that Carole would be better suited to a career as a novelist. Everything she writes is a work of fiction..
But the reality is that Carole Cadwallr does indeed masquerade as an investigative reporter of substance. She is also a 2018 recipient of the Orwell Prize for political journalism. Ms. Cadwallr has been feted and praised by audiences both in her own country and abroad.
Simply tweeting this patently false claim was enough for the story to be trending news with the BBC and Reuters, as well as her army of fanatical supporters on Twitter.
The issue is that so many of her fans (including many in the media) gleefully retweeted this and that’s when the potential for real damage occurs. Carole Cadwallr and her newspaper the Guardian, at the very least need to publicly acknowledge yet another misstatement. Most people would not be allowed so many mistakes in a job.
An inflammatory libelous tweet can cost the tweeter £70,000. Twitter is classed as a public print medium under U.K. libel laws.
Perhaps Carole should learn the lesson of double checking things? That’s pretty basic journalism..