Post by The Todal
Quite funny, if you assume it was intended as a joke rather than to
influence the election.
@jeremycorbyn: A man was murdered by British police in Broad daylight
The one about Jo Swinson killing squirrels is funnier, IMO.
Difficult to imagine these fake news stories might influence the
election, but on the other hand, a well-crafted fake news story
can be more memorable than the real news.
And if a politician denies the fake story, they risk giving it more
publicity, and also making themselves look a bt silly.
For example, if say Michael Gove was forced to deny that he
wears Wellington boots in bed, people would remember the
image rather than the denial. (That's an invented example, btw.)
'How am I meant to explain to you, a civilised person, that someone
online concocted a bit ("Jo Swinson kills squirrels") and then mocked
up a screenshot of a Mirror story with a preposterous byline ("by
Wurrence Telephene") that explained in detail that Jo Swinson kills
squirrels – (she calls them "pleb bunnies", according to the Fake Mirror)
– and then a whole faction of online jokers had followed up with more
fake stories about Swinson’s violent and historic hatred of squirrels and
Photoshopped squirrels lying prone under the wheels of Jo Swinson’s
bus, and that it was all fake, and that this is dangerous and deranged,
but also hilarious, how do I explain that to you, a normal person? How
do I explain that that is something that is happening?
'But then Jo Swinson talked about it to LBC and now we can talk about
it, here, out in the daylight. Asked by smirking presenter Iain Dale what
she thought about squirrels, Swinson replied (unconvincingly),
"I … like squirrels" before going on to denounce the "very fake news"
of memes about her killing woodland creatures with a shotgun. But not
before making a deliciously agonising two-second thinking-out-loud
sound, the sort of ah–ah–ah noise you make when you’re forced to tell
the British media you don’t cull animals for fun without being properly
briefed about it first.
"They’re quite sophisticated, and people do believe them," she said of
the bizarro stories invading politics. Did she explicitly refute the claims
that she kills squirrels? She did not. So, for my money, until Jo Swinson
releases an explicit statement saying she doesn’t want to launch a nuke
simply to destroy all squirrels, she’s still got their thin red blood on her