We brought you the story earlier of a guy named ‘Professor Lockdown’ who broke social distancing laws to allow his married lover to come over for a quick shag twice during lockdown and whilst at first look it seems like your typical dumbass front page news at the moment, several conspiracy theorists on Twitter are accusing it of being the perfect ‘dead’ cat story.
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In case you’re unaware, the idea behind a ‘dead cat’ story is that you hide one piece of horrible news by presenting another one that the public will lap up instead, kinda like how if you bring a dead cat home it will trump whatever you’re talking about at that time. Twitter is arguing that because the Professor Lockdown story took place over a month ago, that the Tory led press had been saving it up to drop whenever something that spun them in a bad light came out i.e. yesterday/today when it was revealed that the UK now had the highest Coronavirus death count in Europe.
Take a look at what people are saying:
Prof Neil Ferguson’s illicit visits happened a month ago, but even though the Telegraph only broke the story late last night, ALL the Tory press had it on today’s front pages.
— Views from Nowhere (@ViewsFrmNowhere) May 6, 2020
Quick, throw the scientist under the bus for having an affair & breaking lockdown, then we can bury the highest death toll in Europe news!
Why wasn’t Robert Jenrick attacked to the same extent for breaking lockdown too? Twice in fact.
Don’t fall for the #deadcat folks.
— Damo #UTFC (@Cornish_Damo) May 6, 2020
It’s a month old story. It’s a #deadcat, and you’re a truly appalling journalist.
— Phil Hudson (@Philmsh79) May 6, 2020
Matt Hancock, escalating the criticism of Prof Neil Ferguson, suggesting there could be a case for the police getting involved.” Literally foaming at the mouth.
The #deadcat is well and truly out of the bag.
This after the Govt only put 273 of 18m visitors into quarantine
— Jon Jones (@JonJonesSnr) May 6, 2020
This happened weeks ago? But the story is published when the UK’s #COVID-19 deaths are highest in Europe?
— DJWelch 🐾🌿🐝 (@colliewobbled) May 6, 2020
We live in an absurd country. An absurd country that yesterday hit the top of the Euro death league pic.twitter.com/TYf2j2mfGI
— Carole Cadwalladr (@carolecadwalla) May 6, 2020
Whitehall and Fleet Street are going to littered (no pun intended) with #deadcat s within a few days as the U.K. likely to remain at the top of the league table of shame in Europe. Talk about ‘sick man of Europe’ … #ProfessorLockdown #neilferguson pic.twitter.com/Wagt8x2TBK
— Andrew Cross 🇪🇺 (@EuroManc) May 6, 2020
Always question the timings of some news. Classic distraction from other issues i.e. this relative non-story distracting us from the fact UK now has the worst deaths in Europe + Vallance quotes. Same in USA, why do you think they released those UFO videos when they did? #deadcat https://t.co/JXBibC7Jfr
— Sion Roberts 🏴 (@SionBen86) May 6, 2020
I mean all of these people talking are obviously leftist and anti-Tory, but even so you can’t really argue that there might be something to the timing of this news and how it’s dominating all media today – even Sick Chirpse – when we finally became the country with the highest number of Coronavirus related deaths in Europe. Just saying.
For more of the same, check out how foreign media are reporting the UK’s response to Coronavirus. It’s not good.