Before the truth gets its boots on…

I’ve been in Bournemouth today, locked out with at least 1600 others awaiting accreditation for the Conservative Party conference. On the way back from lunch I heard one breathless (particularly well heeled) journalist talking to her newsroom saying that yes, George Osbourne had indeed called the Chancellor of the Exchequer autistic. Now it’s spreading like wildfire. However early on, Michael White did a quick check of the PA tape, and discovered that he actually said no such thing. Hmmm… What was that about a lie getting half way round the world…

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty