Maltese newspaper It-Torċa has found itself in a bit of a mess this afternoon after they tried to call out NETNews for ‘fake news’, only to upload fake news themselves.
Yesterday, NETNews uploaded an article about how Joseph Muscat has been “left isolated at the EU”, complete with a photo of the Prime Minister sitting alone at a table in Brussels.
The news wasn’t received well by It-Torċa who called it out as ‘fake news’ and proceeded to upload photos of Joseph Muscat smiling and shaking hands with other EU leaders.
“The photos speak for themselves,” it said.
Unfortunately for It-Torċa, they found themselves guilty of their own accusations as it turns out that the photos they uploaded were in actual fact taken from another EU meeting in 2018…
MEP Candidate Peter Agius was happy to point this out on his Facebook page and used the ‘fake news’ label on It-Torċa themselves.
“Yesterday Tusk wasn’t in Brussels, Merkel was wearing orange and people were avoiding Muscat like the plague!” the MEP said in his Facebook post.
A quick google search of the image will, in fact, confirm that the photo was taken last year and appears in a Times of Malta article dating back to 14 December 2018.
Given that the photo was taken almost one year later, one can see how it-Torċa could have made an honest mistake and mixed the dates up, but the internet isn’t forgiving to those who are quick to label others as ‘fake news’