Falsehoods, errors and fake news

LABOUR’S chief whip Lazzaro Pietragnoli responds to the New Journal’s story about ‘stage-managed’ (a term coined by his colleagues, not me) council meetings, not by explaining which part he disputed but with something far more wise and professorial. A quotation!

Sir,

The carefully selected excerpts of private correspondence between myself and other members of Camden Labour Group published in the CNJ last week reminded of what US President Thomas Jefferson once wrote: ‘The man who never looks into a newspaper is better informed than he who reads them, inasmuch as he who knows nothing is nearer to truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.’

Presumably, the modern day version of a US President barking the same tune at newsprint he doesn’t like – fake news! – was a little too much to stomach for Cllr Pietragnoli, a journalist by trade.

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