The Evening Standard's crusade against Ken Livingstone descended into farce today after it ran a front page claiming that Ken's campaign is run by suicide bombers.
The headline running across the majority of the the front page and on banners across the city, read:
Suicide Bomb Backer Runs Ken's Campaign
Which sounded bloody scary. Unless of course you actually happened to read the article, whereupon you realised the headline should have read:
Suicide Bomb Backer NOT running Ken's Campaign
It's an easy mistake to make of course. My own headline for this post almost ran as "Evening Standard Run by Nazi Zombies," until I realised that the Evening Standard ISN'T run by Nazi Zombies.
You see it's a frustrating game this journalism business. On the one hand your readers expect hard-hitting reports on current events, and on the other hand, it would be quite nice to report that The Evening Standard is run by Nazi Zombies. You see if only I could get past that old bugger: 'The Truth', then this blog could be just as successful as the Evening Standard.
Until that time though I will just have to settle for the facts. Unfortunately for the blog and for you, that means that I have to report that Ken Livingstone's campaign is NOT being run by suicide bombers and The Evening Standard is NOT being run by Nazis brought back from the grave.
If only I was better at telling lies...