Richard Morrison has published an interview in the Times this morning with Vladimir Jurowski, music director of the London Philharmonic Orchestra (as well as orchestras in Moscow and Berlin, where he lives).
To give the thing a bit of zing, they slapped on a confrontational headline:
Vladimir Jurowski: The Russian conductor who’s rattling Simon Rattle’s cage
No part of this headline is true. Rattle is unbothered by Jurowski, who has been working in London for a decade. Jurowski says nothing in the piece to disturb or provoke any other conductor.
The LPO music director has no new ambitions for London and the South Bank, where he performs, is steadily losing audiences and relevance.
Morrison must know the headline is untrue. He did not write it. But the newspaper that published it is forever banging on about the evils of social media and fake news when its own editors knowingly promulgate falsehoods.
Headline on the top of the Times’s front page today:
Trust in social media hits record low amid fears over fake news