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JUST IN: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been referred to a police watchdog
 
over his alleged relationship with an American businesswoman when he was Mayor of London.
 
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British journalists have become part of Johnson’s fake news machine

It’s chilling. From the Mail, The Times to the BBC and ITN, everyone is peddling Downing Street’s lies and smears. They’re turning their readers into dupes.

 

"Number 10 probes Remain MPs’ ‘foreign collusion’.” This huge banner headline dominated the front page of The Mail on Sunday on 29 September.

Turn to page 2 and “a senior No 10 source” was quoted in bold type: “The government is working on extensive investigations into Dominic Grieve, Oliver Letwin and Hilary Benn [who tabled the Bill] and their involvement with foreign powers and the funding of their activities......

 

the Downing Street press office, and asked an official whether there was an investigation as stated in The Mail on Sunday.

He told me categorically: “No investigation.”

Yesterday a Cabinet Office spokesperson told openDemocracy: "There was never such an investigation."

In other words, the Mail on Sunday splash that Downing Street was investigating Grieve, Letwin and Benn was fabrication.

Fake News.

.......Of course this bogus story fitted like a glove with the dominant Downing Street narrative that the Benn Act – which ruled out a No Deal Brexit – was actually a ‘surrender act’ designed to thwart Brexit altogether.

There’s been a lot of this sort of thing over the past two months. Dodgy stories and commentary linked to Downing Street or government sources started to appear in the press and media after Johnson installed his own media team, which was largely drawn from the Vote Leave campaign that won the 2016 Brexit referendum.....

...story was a fabrication. Not Glen Owen’s fabrication. One made up by his Downing Street source.

But Owen is not the only prominent political journalist to publish whoppers told to him by a Downing Street or ‘government source’.......

This modus operandi, which allow pro-government narratives to enter the public domain unmediated by proper interrogation, has become routine among political reporters since Johnson and his Vote Leave media team entered Downing Street. .....

 

Boris Johnson’s Downing Street media machine had thus achieved a double success. It had distracted attention away from the real story, namely that No Deal Brexit carried real dangers of economic disruption and civil disorder.

And at the same time, it had smeared political opponents...

 

....the smearing of Philip Hammond is another example of how Boris Johnson’s media operation operates through deceit. How it relies on a compliant media to cooperate with that deceit – even when it knows the allegations are false.

There is an implicit deal. In return for access and information (much of it false) the political media spins a pro-government narrative.

This means that Johnson’s Downing Street can malign political opponents, lie about them and get away with it. But it can do this only because political journalists and editors allow it to....

BBC manipulated by Downing Street

It’s not just the print media which allow themselves to be manipulated by Boris Johnson’s Downing Street.....

 

That may be how Number 10 wants to operate: to allow the prime minister to look statesmanlike while the dodgier tactics emerge from an unnamed source.

“But this way of operating does the public a big disservice – it allows Downing Street to get its message out without having to take responsibility for it.

“These are not official words. The prime minister does not have to account for them. And there is no way to interrogate the source.”.....

The price of privileged access and favourable treatment is turning readers and viewers into dupes .......

 

there is now clear evidence that the prime minister has debauched Downing Street by using the power of his office to spread propaganda and fake news.

British political journalists have got chillingly close to providing the same service to Boris Johnson that Fox News delivers for Donald Trump.

https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/opendemocracyuk/british-journalists-have-become-part-of-johnsons-fake-news-machine/

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British journalists have become part of Johnson’s fake news machine

It’s chilling. From the Mail, The Times to the BBC and ITN, everyone is peddling Downing Street’s lies and smears. They’re turning their readers into dupes.

 

"Number 10 probes Remain MPs’ ‘foreign collusion’.” This huge banner headline dominated the front page of The Mail on Sunday on 29 September.

Turn to page 2 and “a senior No 10 source” was quoted in bold type: “The government is working on extensive investigations into Dominic Grieve, Oliver Letwin and Hilary Benn [who tabled the Bill] and their involvement with foreign powers and the funding of their activities......

 

the Downing Street press office, and asked an official whether there was an investigation as stated in The Mail on Sunday.

He told me categorically: “No investigation.”

Yesterday a Cabinet Office spokesperson told openDemocracy: "There was never such an investigation."

In other words, the Mail on Sunday splash that Downing Street was investigating Grieve, Letwin and Benn was fabrication.

Fake News.

.......Of course this bogus story fitted like a glove with the dominant Downing Street narrative that the Benn Act – which ruled out a No Deal Brexit – was actually a ‘surrender act’ designed to thwart Brexit altogether.

There’s been a lot of this sort of thing over the past two months. Dodgy stories and commentary linked to Downing Street or government sources started to appear in the press and media after Johnson installed his own media team, which was largely drawn from the Vote Leave campaign that won the 2016 Brexit referendum.....

...story was a fabrication. Not Glen Owen’s fabrication. One made up by his Downing Street source.

But Owen is not the only prominent political journalist to publish whoppers told to him by a Downing Street or ‘government source’.......

This modus operandi, which allow pro-government narratives to enter the public domain unmediated by proper interrogation, has become routine among political reporters since Johnson and his Vote Leave media team entered Downing Street. .....

 

Boris Johnson’s Downing Street media machine had thus achieved a double success. It had distracted attention away from the real story, namely that No Deal Brexit carried real dangers of economic disruption and civil disorder.

And at the same time, it had smeared political opponents...

 

....the smearing of Philip Hammond is another example of how Boris Johnson’s media operation operates through deceit. How it relies on a compliant media to cooperate with that deceit – even when it knows the allegations are false.

There is an implicit deal. In return for access and information (much of it false) the political media spins a pro-government narrative.

This means that Johnson’s Downing Street can malign political opponents, lie about them and get away with it. But it can do this only because political journalists and editors allow it to....

BBC manipulated by Downing Street

It’s not just the print media which allow themselves to be manipulated by Boris Johnson’s Downing Street.....

 

That may be how Number 10 wants to operate: to allow the prime minister to look statesmanlike while the dodgier tactics emerge from an unnamed source.

“But this way of operating does the public a big disservice – it allows Downing Street to get its message out without having to take responsibility for it.

“These are not official words. The prime minister does not have to account for them. And there is no way to interrogate the source.”.....

The price of privileged access and favourable treatment is turning readers and viewers into dupes .......

 

there is now clear evidence that the prime minister has debauched Downing Street by using the power of his office to spread propaganda and fake news.

British political journalists have got chillingly close to providing the same service to Boris Johnson that Fox News delivers for Donald Trump.

https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/opendemocracyuk/british-journalists-have-become-part-of-johnsons-fake-news-machine/

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And here’s the great @NickCohen4
making similar point.
It’s not just Cummings. It’s just a terrible system.
 
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NEW:

reveals Boris Johnson has now BLOCKED release of report into Russian interference ahead of election.

Chair of committee below explains he has done so on basis of a lie.

Just what exactly does he have to hide?

https://theguardian.com/politics/2019/

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Same thing happening in UK and US--our leaders, propped up by the Russians, are protecting Russia at the expense of their own populations.
 
Why? Because they owe their jobs to the Kremlin.
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Carole Cadwalladr

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NEW: Lord Puttnam giving evidence in Ireland says Lords learned y’day that decision to block Russia report ‘rests entirely’ on Boris Johnson.

Puttnam: report blocked because contains info that would call into question legitimacy of referendum.

‘Which Johnson won’t do’

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On 12/13/2019 at 12:22 AM, Vautrin said:

U.S. and U.K., two countries separated by common dirtbags.

Heh....

A recent political cartoon in the Detroit Free Press had a woman with a microphone,  obviously a reporter, asking, "Mr. president, with all this impeachment business going on, will you  have any problem effectively running the United States government?"

And the next panel  showed she was actually talking to PUTIN, who answered "Nyet!"  :D   He was riding bareback on a huge wild boar that looked curiously like Trump.  ;) 

Sepiatone

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13 hours ago, Sepiatone said:

Heh....

A recent political cartoon in the Detroit Free Press had a woman with a microphone,  obviously a reporter, asking, "Mr. president, with all this impeachment business going on, will you  have any problem effectively running the United States government?"

And the next panel  showed she was actually talking to PUTIN, who answered "Nyet!"  :D   He was riding bareback on a huge wild boar that looked curiously like Trump.  ;) 

Sepiatone

That's a mental picture you don't want inside your head. I wish Putin would realize his age is catching up with

him and put on a shirt.

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6 hours ago, jamesjazzguitar said:

Very true.   But like you,  those dirtbags VOTE!

 

I think you meant unlike me. To paraphrase the old joke, tomorrow I'll be sober but they'll still be dirtbags. 

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Jeremy Corbyn wants to hang on for a couple of months, but he has to go immediately,. There will be a brawl in the Labour Party between the  hard left Corbynistas and the more moderate progressives, who might actually be able to win an election at some point.  It will be interesting to see who is chosen as leader. 

 

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6 minutes ago, Swithin said:

Jeremy Corbyn wants to hang on for a couple of months, but he has to go immediately,. There will be a brawl in the Labour Party between the  hard left Corbynistas and the more moderate progressives, who might actually be able to win an election at some point.  It will be interesting to see who is chosen as leader. 

 

Milliband dissected the losing strategy citing Corbyn's lack of any position on Brexit and wanting to take the nation backward by privatizing industries.  In my riding the Lib Dems retained their seat.

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3 hours ago, Bogie56 said:

Milliband dissected the losing strategy citing Corbyn's lack of any position on Brexit and wanting to take the nation backward by privatizing industries.  In my riding the Lib Dems retained their seat.

My two most Brexit-loving friends in London got what they wished for nationally, but locally their constituency -- Putney -- was the only one to go from Tory to Labour.

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5 hours ago, Bogie56 said:

Milliband dissected the losing strategy citing Corbyn's lack of any position on Brexit and wanting to take the nation backward by privatizing industries.  In my riding the Lib Dems retained their seat.

I've been reading that the real takeaway from the election is the strong resurgence of the Scotland independent party over the Tories.

The leader says she has already challenged Boris' notion that they cannot have another referendum on independence.

What do you make of all that and are people actually talking about it in Britain?

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I was in Scotland for a few weeks this fall and no one I talked to was talking referendum.   That said I can see it coming about and the Scots who wished to stay in Europe voting to leave Britain because of it.

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50 minutes ago, Bogie56 said:

I was in Scotland for a few weeks this fall and no one I talked to was talking referendum.   That said I can see it coming about and the Scots who wished to stay in Europe voting to leave Britain because of it.

The Economist is predicting that Scots will vote to leave Britain,   and once they are their own nation,   join the E.U.

(the prediction was based on Boris' party winning a majority,  which,  of course, did come about).

   

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14 hours ago, jamesjazzguitar said:

The Economist is predicting that Scots will vote to leave Britain,   and once they are their own nation,   join the E.U.

(the prediction was based on Boris' party winning a majority,  which,  of course, did come about).

   

I think it will happen.  The Conservative Brexiteers have trivialized the Scottish concerns at their peril.

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Once AGAIN @BorisJohnson says that his #Brexit deal will mean NO checks for goods travelling from Great Britain to Northern Ireland, if he does a 'zero tariff' deal with he EU - must know that's wrong. Is this just pure cynicism? 1/Thread

 
 
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