Sometimes even newscasters fall for fake news. That was the case for Babita Sharma and Roger Johnson on BBC Breakfast Sunday morning when they fell hook, line, and sinker for a spoof report from The Guardian about the emergence of Brexit emojis.
— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) April 1, 2018
The article claimed that members of Parliament were speaking out against the use of “Brexit Bulldog” and “Starry Blue,” with the emojis representing the “Leave” and “Remain” camps, respectively. After a commercial break, Sharma and Johnson admitted to falling for the report upon notification that the name of the writer, Scherzo Primavera, means “Fool of Spring” in Italian.
Twitter pointed and laughed:
— Claire Daly (@clurdaly) April 1, 2018
Reading the news today is a myth, even big BBC news are doing up April fools cba
— (@charlschulz) April 1, 2018
BBC Breakfast falls for newspaper's April Fools Brexit joke https://t.co/79q9tLOgQs
— Babita Sharma (@BabitaBBC) April 1, 2018
Oh dear me. Looking totally stupid. Lol
— dec dunne (@DunneDec) April 1, 2018
On what planet did this trick anyone.
— Jacqueline Gillott (@Jacquel69404929) April 1, 2018
was a good April fools joke
— pagrant (@phils_channel) April 1, 2018
Well done that was brilliant
— The Tec Dr (@tecdr) April 1, 2018
Others were more critical and took the opportunity to caution against fake news — especially on April Fools’ Day:
This is what you get for lazily reading newspaper stories instead of doing your own original reporting, @BBCNews.
— AuntieGreenJeans #NeverAgain (@velmarocks) April 1, 2018
I didn't get caught out thanks to your 8am @BBCRadio4 news which helpfully told us all the April Fools spoof newspaper stories to save us the bother of trying to spot them ourselves.
— DCArt (@DavidCoxArt) April 1, 2018
D’ya think this April Fools might backfire given how touchy people are around this subject?
— Sian Jasper (@SianJasper) April 1, 2018
Beware April 1st if you're desperate for news
— Gerry Sammon (@GerrySammon) April 1, 2018
Regardless, the prank proves there can be just one mantra for April Fool’s Day: Trust. No one.