This has been a terrible election for the journalism trade, you’re right. The punch that wasn’t was absolutely the worst fake news of the lot. The thing is, all of it is getting debunked so quickly that the losers aren’t the politicians but the journalism profession itself. Another blow to civil society.Now suggestions that Laura K of the BBC has potentially committed an electoral offence by revealing postal vote results before the close of the poll. This evening the Electoral Commission conveniently tweeted this after she said live on national television postal results for labour were ‘dire’.
I genuinely think the story of this election should be just how much the critical thinking of once respected journalists has seemingly disappeared, all in an attempt to be the first to get the ‘hot exclusive’ out before anyone else.
Simply reporting unconfirmed and unsubstantiated facts of random ‘sources’ is not journalism!