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This week, the Liberal Democrats were accused of peddling misinformation after they distributed campaign material in the style of newspapers, with only a small portion of text confirming it was a party publication.
Earlier this month, the Conservative Party changed CCHQ’s Twitter name to FactCheck UK and proceeded to “fact check” claims made by Jeremy Corbyn during a debate.
And the Brexit Party has shown their contempt of the media completely, by bypassing it and putting out their own broadcasts free from scrutiny.
These instances of politicians tricking the public are corrupting the election campaign. Rather than letting the electorate make up their mind based on their respective policy offerings, parties are pretending that they, and they only, can offer the truth.
Political journalism blasts through the veneer of political spin. By attempting to style themselves as the journalists, politicians are degrading democratic trust when real journalists inevitably reveal them to be doing just that.
In an age of fake news and diminishing trust in politicians, we need things to change – and quickly.
Kate Plummer is a Reporter at Scram News.
This is an opinion article and the views expressed should not be taken to be the official position of Scram News.
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