Doctored MCFly story sent to Hulme Residents during election campaign

An email message that purports to quote Manchester Climate Fortnightly (MCFly), but which contains significant distortions, has been sent out to some voters in an upcoming by-election in Hulme. The email message, which has been altered in ways that imply MCFly supports the Labour candidate, has been sent from an account bearing the name of a sitting Labour Councillor.  MCFly has lodged a formal complaint.

Here is the altered story,with blow by blow analysis beneath.

From: mary murphy
Date: 7 October 2010 22:21
Subject: [H.R.O.G] The State of the Party’s in Hulme
To: Hulme-Residents-Online-Group@yahoogroups.com

Subject: Direct message from Mcr Clim Fortnightly
Reply-To: noreply@postmaster.twitter.com
I bite all,not just labour. https://manchesterclimatefortnightly.wordpress.com/2010/10/04/its-the-green-party-and-you-can-cry-if-you-want-to/
Direct message sent by Mcr Clim Fortnightly (@mcr_climate) to you (@HulmeLabour) on Oct 04, 7:18 PM.

It’s the Green Party and you can cry if you want to

Oct 4th, 2010 5.03pm

MCFly57(published Sunday 26th September) reported that Gayle O’Donovan would be standing for the Green Party in the Hulme by-election forced by the resignation of sitting councillor Emily Lomax. Two days later MCFly’s website reported that Ms O’Donovan had stepped down and that the Greens would now be fielding David “Hazel must go” Henry as a candidate> Mr Henry had to step down (he is not eligible). Another candidate was mooted (he was still a member of another political party)so there were trust issues with 51% of the electorate.
The Green Party has now announced Deyka Nzeribe who has just joined the party and is their (final) candidate!!!

Meanwhile the Lib Dems after loosing an excellent local candidate have settled on Grace from Burnage.

Amina Lone is the Labour candidate and has been very busy with Labour members in Hulme while the others have been searching for candidates.
The by-election takes place on Thursday 4th Nov. MCFly will ask all the candidates about their climate views and duly report.

Now don’t all shoot the messenger at once.

As you can see, on 7th October an email was sent from an account titled “marymuphy” to the Hulme Residents Online Group email List. The badly punctuated title is “The State of the Party’s in Hulme.” It starts with a private twitter message that was indeed sent by MCFly to Councillor Nigel Murphy at his @HulmeLabour account. The tweet points out – uncontroversially enough – that MCFly does not merely criticise Labour (we also take the piss of the Liberal Democrats and the Greens, and have active contempt for the Conservatives).

The email then continues by citing a story published in issue MCFly 58. The “marymurphy” quotes – accurately – the first paragraph of the story about the Green Party’s recent misadventures in Hulme.

[Throughout this post we will print the original story in plain text, with the doctored version either emboldened or in italics]

“MCFly 57 (published Sunday 26th September) reported that Gayle O’Donovan would be standing for the Green Party in the Hulme by-election forced by the resignation of sitting councillor Emily Lomax. Two days later MCFly’s website reported that Ms O’Donovan had stepped down and that the Greens would now be fielding David “Hazel must go” Henry as a candidate. Mr Henry had to step down (he is not eligible).”

Things begin to get interesting after that. The email sent from the “marymurphy” account continues;

“Another candidate was mooted (he was still a member of another political party) so there were trust issues with 51% of the electorate.”

This text in bold this is NOT what we wrote in MCFly. Membership of another political party is not the reason this potential candidate did not become the actual candidate. The author of the words in the email sent out from the “marymurphy” account is mis-informed, and has misrepresented what was actually written in MCFly. But it gets worse….

“The Green Party has now announced Deyka Nzeribe who has just joined the party and is their (final) candidate!!!

The original MCFly story did not include the information in bold – that Deyka had just joined the Green Party – because we didn’t know that. Also, we don’t do three exclamation marks very often. It’s cheap!!

The email sent from the “marymurphy” account then omits the following text, which gives details of the Green Party candidate’s qualities and qualifications.

“The Green Party has now announced Deyika Nzeribe as their (final) candidate, and tell us “Deyika’s work is helping people back into employment and in setting up cooperatives. He has lived in Hulme for ten years and is active in the Birley Fields campaign and in anti-racist campaigning.”

The original MCFly story continued

“Meanwhile the Liberal Democrats are contesting the ward vigorously (in May they ran a ‘paper’ candidate).”

The email sent from the “marymurphy” account instead continues

“Meanwhile the Lib Dems after loosing an excellent local candidate have settled on Grace from Burnage.”

It should be noted that MCFly a) knows how to spell the word “losing” and b) would not print just the first name of a candidate. We might get a surname wrong – heck, we did – but we don’t skip them. The person who altered the MCFly story that has been sent out from the “marymurphy” account is obviously familiar with “Grace from Burnage”. The editor of Manchester Climate Fortnightly doesn’t know her from a hole in the ground.

The original MCFly story continued

“Even meaner and even whiler, Labour activists – including Executive Member for the Environment Nigel Murphy, who is a Hulme Councillor – are out knocking on doors and (figuratively) kissing babies on behalf of their peripatetic serial candidate Amina Lone.” [In the paper version – and original blog post – we misnamed her as “Amina Low”]

But the email sent from the “marymurphy” account continues,

“Amina Lone is the Labour candidate and has been very busy with Labour members in Hulme while the others have been searching for candidates.”

After these significant alterations, the email sent from the “marymurphy” account keeps to the original MCFly story, without ever alerting voters to the alterations made.

“The by-election takes place on Thursday 4th Nov. MCFly will ask all the candidates about their climate views and duly report.”

The email sent from the “marymurphy” account to Hulme Residents then concludes with the following line, which implies that everything in the altered email above is from Manchester Climate Fortnightly.

“Now don’t all shoot the messenger at once.”

Well, relax, “marymurphy”; Nobody is going to be shooting anyone. But MCFly has lodged a formal complaint with the authorities responsible for the conduct of Councillors. Let’s see what happens, eh?

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