The UK's Daily Mail verbals Malcolm Turnbull with a fact-check error a school kid should have picked up
The division of the UK's Daily Mail Group that publishes the Daily Mail newspaper is reported to have a staff of around 3,800 people.
For a newspaper of its size it's made a howler of an error - and apparently no one has seen fit to correct it.
Yesterday, Friday 19 May 2017 the Daily Mail published a story based on this Tweet from Pauline Hanson:
— Pauline Hanson (@PaulineHansonOz) May 18, 2017
I agree with Pauline - there's absolutely nothing inaccurate or misleading about Pauline's Twitter statement. And on Twitter, Pauline's Tweet appears online with the Turnbull quote embedded within it. At a glance, an uneducated viewer could easily make the error of thinking Pauline's and Turnbull's quotes were made on the same day. But when a journal of record makes a false assumption like that...........
Here's a closer look at the story still online this morning.
I've circled the error - not Pauline's, it's the newspaper's.
Pauline's Tweet made it quite clear she was responding to this video published by Sky News..........
— Sky News Australia (@SkyNewsAust) March 7, 2017
.....and the date Turnbull made the statement is right there - 7 March 2017.
That's two and a half months ago.
A lot has changed since then - Ahok's jail sentence for insulting Islam, the caning sentence for Aceh's 2 gay men and I've also published a lot of detail about Pancasila and the heavy handed policing that keeps Islamists checked (a bit) throughout Indonesia.
So when I first read the Daily Mail's piece, their references to Turnbull having made the statement yesterday really hit me!
I thought surely to God he can't be that thick as to still hold that line. So I went looking for the source of the Mail's quotes.
The original video clip from Sky was included in the Daily Mail's online story - the Banking Inquiry Live Now should have been a bit of a hint!
I've no doubt the Indonesians have been scratching their heads over the Media Monitors report.
Turnbull's office hasn't issued a correction yet - and nor has the Daily Mail.
I wholeheartedly agree with Pauline and if Turnbull still holds the opinions he held back in early March he deserves to be hammered for his stupidity.
But no prime minister, even one as lousy as Turnbull, should be verballed in a journal of record - and that's not fake news!!