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This Website Said Laura Kuenssberg Agreed To Speak At A Tory Event, Even Though She Hadn't

The Canary's story quickly went viral and led to online anger towards the BBC political editor.

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On Wednesday, the left-leaning news website The Canary published a story that claimed the BBC's political editor Laura Kuenssberg was speaking at the upcoming Conservative conference.

The Canary's claim came from a listing online that showed Kuenssberg had been invited to speak to a think tank alongside Conservative MPs.

Kuenssberg "attendance" was used as a hook for The Canary to openly question here BBC reporting.

After the story was published, the BBC quickly denied that Kuenssberg was speaking at the event.

BuzzFeed News called the event organisers for the panel, who also confirmed Kuenssberg was not slated to speak at the event.

A source at the BBC told BuzzFeed News that contrary to The Canary's claim that the site had contacted it for comment, the broadcaster had not received a call or email before the article's publication.

A second BBC source said they believed Kuenssberg had been invited to events at all three party conferences and that she had no memory of ever receiving an invite to the event.

It didn't stop the story quickly going viral on Facebook, stoking animosity some people had towards Kuenssberg.

The online abuse directed at the high-profile journalist made headlines recently after it emerged that she needed a bodyguard to attend the Labour conference in Brighton.

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Former Labour leader Ed Miliband joined a chorus of voices calling for the website to remove the story.

Its clear she isn’t speaking. Jeremy said today we don’t tolerate abuse. Can you now withdraw/delete/correct. https://t.co/zC3CUYliVZ

The Canary is spreading fake news about a female journalist in order to stoke up abuse and hatred towards her https://t.co/N9SxbV3F5X

Not actually true. But the Canary doesn't give a shit. https://t.co/74hkBUEtu0

Right, someone had to say it: The Canary is running a sexist hate campaign against Laura Kuenssberg for clicks https://t.co/qZk8SXZiKP

There's something insidious about the Canary whipping up a hate storm against a reporter while she's surrounded by *their* core supporters.

This Canary piece is the journalistic equivalent of the horse-meat scandal. Flog bogus crap for a quick buck and screw the consequences.

The Canary is in the business of malicious disinformation. If they aren't getting Kremlin money it can only be because they haven't asked.

The Canary is regulated by Impress, whose Twitter account told people angry at the anti-Kuenssberg piece that they needed to take their complaints to the news website first.

Hi Tim, We regulate @TheCanarySays and as a regulator we don't comment on content, we facilitate a complaints handl… https://t.co/9F3w7nsHiF

We are aware of an article on @TheCanarySays which is causing concern. Refer to their complaints procedure here: https://t.co/P3xTvbxM4K

BuzzFeed News has contacted Canary editor Kerry-Anne Mendoza for comment, though it appears she is on holiday.

Mark Di Stefano is a media and politics correspondent for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Mark Di Stefano at mark.distefano@buzzfeed.com.

Jim Waterson is a politics editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Jim Waterson at jim.waterson@buzzfeed.com.

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