A correction and apology
Before reading this post please read the correction and apology posted here
An update to the earlier post here that highlights the media’s disinformation about the Mark Duggan shooting.
The Daily Mail is attempting to muddy the waters around its allegation that Mark Duggan shot at police. Their original story has been updated several times, most recently yesterday afternoon. It includes the following assertion:
Today, Mail journo Rebecca Camber has jumped on the police bullet story and has written:
This is simply untrue. The Independent Police Complaints Commission has only issued press releases (which can be viewed here) and the quote attributed to its Commissioner, Rachel Cerfontyne, in the Mail’s article has been lifted from one of them. None of the press releases issued by the IPCC suggest that Met officers returned fire after someone in the minicab opened fire. The Mail’s assertion is another falsehood.
The ‘Duggan fired at police’ element of the original story was a creation by a journalist, and in typically derivative manner other journos repeated the claim in their own papers as if it was a fact. And so the myth became reality in the eyes of millions. Now the ‘reality’ seems set to be contradicted by emerging facts, the media is trying to point the finger of blame away from itself.
No matter what the rights or wrongs of the incident on Ferry Lane, we have a duty to tell the truth however inconvenient it proves to be. The media has not only spun a fictional account of events, it is now lying about doing so to cover its own back.