Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, August 22nd, 2018 - 164 comments
Categories: Iain Lees-Galloway, jacinda ardern, Judith Collins, labour, Media, national, same old national, Simon Bridges, the praiseworthy and the pitiful, twitter, you couldn't make this shit up - Tags: marja lubeck
This is getting to be a habit. Judith Collins has again been caught tweeting fake news in an attempt to embarrass Jacinda Ardern.
This is exhibit A:
So that was then… 🙀 https://t.co/qnzqNPDNhO
— Judith Collins (@JudithCollinsMP) August 16, 2018
It was debunked by Neale Jones:
Judith I assume you know this is fake news. When you watch the question in context it is very clear it was about the possibility of industry-wide action under Labour’s proposed Fair Pay Agreements.
— Neale Jones (@nealejones) August 16, 2018
But then exhibit B appeared:
Re-retweeting just in case anyone missed it the first time… https://t.co/qnzqNPDNhO
— Judith Collins (@JudithCollinsMP) August 20, 2018
It seems that Judith did not want us to miss it first time.
I had a go at debunking the original claim in this post. Basically Jacinda’s comment was taken by National’s social media gurus out of context. Ardern did not promise there would be no national strikes. She said there would be no national strikes as a result of the introduction of Labour’s proposed Fair Pay Agreement collective bargaining system.
TRP had more colourful language about the claim as can be seen in this tweet:
You lying fucks. JA was talking about the new industry standards which specifically cannot be subject to industrial action. This bullshit is why you are in opposition and likely to remain there for years to come.
— Te Reo Putake (@tereoputake) June 26, 2018
And the deceptive nature of the allegations had previously been pointed out to Judith and to National. In Parliament.
So it’s now acceptable to distribute fake news knowing well that’s exactly what it is. This member was present when this exact question was put first to the PM and then, again, to the Minister (at 0.50 secs). https://t.co/Cj6uHMLqcQ https://t.co/an0H6OPD5I
— Marja Lubeck (@MarjaLubeck) August 16, 2018
Jacinda Ardern proposed that MPs deliberately tweeting fake news should face repercussions. As a minimum they should be forced to delete offending tweets.
It is a shame that Simon Bridges does not have the same ethical standards. Although when your party is the source of the fake news I guess it makes taking action difficult.