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Not Clever Enough to Tell Lies


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My father always said that he was too stupid to lie because you needed to be clever to think of all the ways your lie could be found out.

The Mail, as you would expect, has seen Margaret Thatcher's death as a chance for bashing the BBC. It has complained about left-wing bias in the people asked to comment on her legacy and accused the BBC of a lack of respect by its news staff.

To illustrate this point it showed a picture of newsreader Huw Edwards wearing a pink tie.

However, whoever selected that picture wasn't clever enough to notice that Edwards was also wearing a poppy indicating that the picture came from November and not this week.

It has gone from the site now but this has more detail.

Anyone willing to admit they've been caught out lying because they made a truly stupid error?

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spuds

You've misunderstood the question. It isn't about whether people have made errors or not - we all do that.

The question is whether you have been caught telling a lie because you weren't clever enough to cover it up - you made a stupid error that gave the game away.

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spuds

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"you made a stupid error that gave the game away"

You have lost me there?.

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I love the Internet.

On Tuesday, the Mail reported some research and included a direct quote from one of the researchers that didn't ring true.

A quick search produced the email address of the university concerned and, today, I heard from one of her colleagues that the Mail had 'over-interpreted' the results. That's a nice euphemism.

I wonder how long it will take for newspapers to learn that, if they don't do their own fact-checking, someone else will.

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