Boy, has the Media Party got a story for you! It involves a gun, a Nazi gun, and a Conservative politician - three things they hate. The problem is, the story it was based on, was fake news.
But that didn’t stop the Hill Times, a publication little read outside of the Parliamentary precinct, from running with a report that got tongues wagging on Tuesday with this crazy headline about Conservative Party leadership candidate Kellie Leitch.
“Leitch pictured firing what gun experts identify as Nazi-era gun in fundraising email to her Conservative Party supporters”
It turns out, this was not the gun in question.
Watch as I explain what happened and show you how spectacularly wrong the story was.
Eventually the story was corrected, and they even posted an apology but as Mark Twain is often quoted as saying, “A lie can travel halfway around the world before the truth can get its boots on.”
How many people saw Kellie Leitch, Nazi, and gun in a headline but won’t see the truth from the corrected piece?
It wasn’t a Nazi gun, not even from that era, but it fed the narrative and that's what counts when you're pushing fake news.