Journalists are being roasted for providing an unfiltered platform to an anonymous “Downing Street source”.
Pressure has been mounting in recent days for Westminster journalists to report more critically on the anonymous information provided by this mysterious Downing Street insider.
This insider (almost certainly senior Boris aide Dominic Cummings), often provides information to journalists, under the agreement that they don’t reveal the identity of the source. This information is often more candid and revealing than quotes from named source, since Cummings (or whoever) is able to speak with the protection of anonymity.
However, it has been claimed that Cummings is just using this cover to manipulate journalists into spreading his propaganda. Journalists think Cummings is telling them a snippet of insider information in confidence, but actually he’s just spewing out falsehoods and exaggerated threats.
And so, Twitter has decided to show how ridiculous it is to rely on the information of anonymous insiders – by making up ludicrous “Downing Street source” reports. Here are a few of the best:
How about we fix the problem by getting rid of the Downing Street source altogether? Sign the petition to ditch Dominic Cummings.