We hear a lot these days about ‘Fake News’.
’ll hold my hand up here – which isn’t easy when you’re typing a newspaper article – and admit that I’m not really sure what ‘Fake News’ is.
I often wonder if the complaints about ‘Fake News’ are themselves fake and just a clever distraction to take the public’s eye off the real story that might shine a spotlight on the misconduct of whoever’s complaining about ‘Fake News’. It’s a possibility . . .
While I’m unsure what ‘Fake News’ is, I know that ‘Incorrect News’ is down to inadequate research, as illustrated by the recent story featured in the national newspapers and their online platforms about comedienne Miranda Hart ‘Breaking the glass ceiling’ to be ‘The first ever female to host the Royal Variety Performance’. Wrong!
Cilla Black had the honour of being the first female performer to host the RVP – in 1993!
You’d think Ms Hart would know this as she regularly admits that she’s always loved TV variety shows. As a 20-year old in 1993, presumably she was one of the 10 million viewers who watched Cilla hosting the RVP.
As she loves TV variety shows so much, chances are she’s also watched those ‘Best Of The Royal Variety’ compilations that ITV 2 or 3 continually repeat, which contain clips of Cilla hosting that 1993 RVP, as well as interviews with her in which she talks about how she felt on the night.
And surely someone who loves TV variety shows would remember that Emma Forbes hosted the 2001 RVP and Cat Deeley did the honours in 2003!
To give Miranda the benefit of the doubt – remembering her clumsy TV sitcom persona – maybe as she was ‘Breaking the glass ceiling’ she received a head injury which caused her to lose her memory moments before she made that announcement to the Press. It’s a possibility . . .