Prominent Corbynistas have been peddling false claims this afternoon that the government has issued a D-Notice preventing the reporting of the death toll from Grenfell. The lie was reported by the prominent Corbynista site Skwawkbox, which claimed “multiple sources told the Skwawkbox that the government has placed a ‘D-notice’ on the real number of deaths in the blaze”. The ‘story’ was also promoted on Twitter by journalists from two other viral Corbynista sites, Evolve Politics and Novara Media.
A spokesman for the Defence and Security Media Advisory Committee, the body which issues D-Notices, told Guido this afternoon:
“The Secretary of the Defence and Security Media Advisory Committee has not issued any D-Notice in relation to Grenfell.”
These Corbynistas, who work closely with Jeremy Corbyn’s office, are lying to their readers. They are deliberately peddling knowingly false conspiracies to suggest some government plot about Grenfell, and getting thousands of hits off the back of it. Astonishingly low stuff.
UPDATE: Evolve Politics strenuously deny they promoted the story “anywhere on its pages”. We do not contest that. Staff did however tweet about it and then delete the tweets…
UPDATE 6 August, 2017: This is revealing from a former Assistant Editor:
Tom was also outraged by supposed ‘slander’ when Evolve were accused by Media Guido of sharing an incorrect ‘D-notice’ story regarding Grenfell Tower. He put grand gestures all over social media, asking lawyers to get in touch, saying Evolve were going to sue for defamation etc. Trouble is, the claims were NOT wrong. Team members at Evolve HAD in fact shared the false ‘D-notice’ story. They’d just deleted it before anyone noticed. Yet again, Tom just wanted to look far nobler than he actually was, even if it meant taking hypocrisy to a whole new level.
Evolve Politics lied about the affair and threatened to sue us for telling the truth. Can’t get more fake than that…