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After Grenfell Tower and ‘luxury flats’: milking the horror for clicks

by | 30th, June 2017

There’s fake news and there’s regretful reporting. After Grenfell Tower, the Independent told readers in a big and shocking headline: “Grenfell tower was covered in material to keep luxury flat owners happy. That’s being blamed for multiple deaths.”

 

grenfell tower was covered in material to keep luxury flat owners happy

 

The link between the desires of the rich and the horror endured by and fatal to Grenfell residents was stark. The story told readers.

Shocking stuff. People died so that the rich could enjoy a better view. But was it true? The story went viral, being shared tens of thousands of times on sites like Reddit and Tumblr . The Indy got lots of clicks. But the story has been changed, the headline now telling readers:

 

Grenfell Tower cladding that may have led to fire was chosen to improve appearance of Kensington block of flats

 

Grenfell Tower cladding that may have led to fire was chosen to improve appearance of Kensington block of flatsGrenfell Tower cladding that may have led to fire was chosen to improve appearance of Kensington block of flats.

The suspected cause of so much pain “may” be about appearance. And there’s no word on luxury flats. The story’s URL makes no such caveats. It has not been updated from the original:

 

renfell tower was covered in material to keep luxury flat owners happy

 

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/grenfell-tower-cladding-fire-cause-improve-kensington-block-flats-appearance-blaze-24-storey-west-a7789951.html

 

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