Will Straw of Left Foot Forward has made a tit of himself today, but can't quite bring himself to admit it. Read Fraser Nelson's blogpost to see how he did it HERE.
This isn't the first time Will has been caught out. His much trumpeted policy of "evidence based blogging" has been exposed as a complete sham and he ought to acknowledge that his blogpost was a partisan attempt at exposing Chris Grayling which has badly backfired.
Essentially, Will was trying to expose a suppsoed split between Grayling and David Cameron over the latter's announcement of a bank insurance tax. Sadly for Straw, Grayling was criticising a bank transaction tax, as proposed by Gordon Brown (the Tobin Tax), which is completely different to what Cameron announced this morning. As Fraser points, out this lie could work as a Labour Party press release (and guess what, Labour have issued just such a release), but it can't work on the internet, where lies are exposed within minutes.
A few minutes ago (15 hours after posting the initial blogpost) Will tries to wriggle out of his error by updating the story, suggesting that of course he realised all along that Grayling wasn't talking about the same thing, but the principle is still the same. Er, well, actually it's not.
I've had to learn the hard way. Sometimes you just have to admit that you've goofed. That your desire to expose your opponents trumped your normal checking mechanisms. The best thing to do is hold your hands up, admit it, apologise and move on. I've had to do it this week myself. It's never comfortable, but at least you keep the respect of your readers.
Like Fraser Nelson, I actually think Will Straw has achieved a lot with his site, but he puts it all in jeopardy with idiot stories likes this.
Go on Will. Be a 'proppah blogger' and do the right thing.
UPDATE: Will is sticking to his story and has now suspended comments on his blog. Oh dear.