How British tabloid newspapers compete to call an incident a terrorist attack.
On Black Friday, the streets of Central London, especially Oxford Street, are obviously extremely busy. So, when the Metropolitan Police explained on their Twitter account that they had received "numerous 999 calls within a short space of time reporting shots fired in a number of locations on Oxford Street and at Oxford Circus underground station," the social media bubble went crazy, as usual.
And so was the competition between extremist tabloids the Daily Mail & the Daily Express to make of the Oxford Circus incident a terrorist attack.
The problem with these two titles is that they are not journalists but propagandists who love spreading fake news. They have only one thing in mind: press the panic button and get their extremist agenda on rail (as James O'Brien likes to regularly remind his listeners on LBC). And it usually works. Unless... there is no gunshot, no suspect, no casualty. No terrorist attack. In which case, they get found out.
As for the Oxford Street incident today, "officers working with colleagues from British Transport Police carried out an urgent search of the area. No causalities, evidence of any shots fired or any suspects were located by police,"the Metropolitan Police later explained in a statement.
It is not surprising to see the Daily Mail and the Express wasting so much energy to spread fake news and panic online, as when they are not competing for terror attacks, they compete for the most outrageous headlines against Remainers, the EU, doctors, foreigners... you name it. Unfortunately, they have an endless list of topics on their extremist agenda and billionaire tax-avoiding owners happy to pay for it.
(This article was first published in PoliticsMeansPolitics.com)