The Telegraph, Mirror, Metro and Mail have all followed up Exaro’s top scoop that Leon Brittan has been buried in an unmarked grave for fear it would be vandalised. The MailOnline headline has however since been changed with no explanation, though the URL remains the same:
Why the subtle change? As is being pointed out this morning, and as the new Mail copy states: “In accordance with Jewish tradition, the former home secretary is said to have been interred in an simple plot without flowers in Golders Green Cemetery”.
Stories about Leon Brittan buried in an unmarked grave are ludicrous – Jewish graves not immediately marked. Sick and pathetic muck-raking.
— Marcus Dysch (@MarcusDysch) February 9, 2015
@ExaroNews You are aware that Jewish graves aren't marked until a stone setting about a year later?
— Daniel Finkelstein (@Dannythefink) February 9, 2015
— Jessica Elgot (@jessicaelgot) February 9, 2015
Wonder what other assumptions Exaro have failed to check…