Louise Mensch has slammed the BBC for something a Channel 4 News journalist said.
Fresh from her spat with chief troll Katie Hopkins over maternity leave, she attacked Channel 4 News' Paul Mason - seemingly misunderstanding him.
Mason, the nightly show's economics editor who used to do the same role at BBC's Newsnight, tweeted a scathingly critical tweet about the Chinese government after the market slumped on Black Monday:
Markets slump as world realises main growth engine in hands of incompetent, secretive police state that thinks it can dictate equity prices— Paul Mason (@paulmasonnews) August 24, 2015
Mensch's reply condemned the BBC - suggesting she thought Mason was still working there, saying the broadcaster had "jumped the shark". The tweet also suggested she believed him to be criticising the British, rather than Chinese government.
My God it really hurt the BBC when labour lost the election. Need an intervention https://t.co/IQyeAhd7M6— Louise Mensch (@LouiseMensch) August 25, 2015
Congratulations bbc officially jumps the shark https://t.co/nXNHYzjtD8— Louise Mensch (@LouiseMensch) August 25, 2015ADVERTISEMENT
She then asked: "Why the hell has he been given prime slots at two successive public sector broadcasters?"
The former MP then defended herself when people pointed out Mason was no longer working at the BBC, saying he had worked for the broadcaster for "years".
He was news night's editor for years. It's dire. off the leash with Snow C4 can say stuff like this w/out penalty. https://t.co/vuVLTc0OBg— Louise Mensch (@LouiseMensch) August 25, 2015
This doesn't quite explain her original tweet about Labour's defeat impacting the BBC though, as Mason has worked for Channel 4 News since 2013, long before May's general election.
Channel 4 journalist criticising Chinese government's economic policy is proof of BBC's Labour-bias.... or something: pic.twitter.com/UgCCrR67CM— The Media Blog (@TheMediaTweets) August 25, 2015
It's all further fuel for my theory that "Louise Mensch" is actually an elaborate performance art project.— Primly Stable (@PrimlyStable) August 25, 2015
Mensch has not replied to a request for clarification as this story went live.
Mason has not publicly responded to Mensch. Yet.