About hoax stories being placed in the newspapers:
Atkins defended his project, saying the onus was on the newspaper to corroborate what it publishes. \”Had those fake stories been fact-checked by the newspapers before they were printed, they would have realised – I think within minutes – that they were about to publish complete and utter babble.\”
Of course, at The Guardian they manage to do this entirely on their own, without any outside help. Remember that 6 month investigation into Tesco\’s tax avoidance? You know, how they were avoiding £1 billion in corporation tax? And it actually turned out that they were using exactly the same techniques as Guardian Media Group to reduce a (much, much smaller) stamp duty bill?
I\’m not all that sure which is the more embarrassing. Being fooled or fooling yourself…..