Listen: James Naughtie’s slip of the tongue

The Radio 4 presenter bravely smashes the taboo around the use of the “c-word” on live radio.

The Today programme's thousands of listeners had an amusing start to the day when James Naughtie tried to introduce "Jeremy Hunt, Culture Secretary", and ended up calling him . . . something else. Certainly not the kind of language you expect to hear before the, er, 8am watershed.

Luckily, the minister saw the funny side, tweeting: "They say prepare for anything before going on Today but that took the biscuit . . . I was laughing as much as u Jim or shld I say Dr Spooner."

You can listen to it below. Warning: strong language.

 

 

 

UPDATE: Here's Andrew Marr, repeating the mistake just a few hours later.

 

Samira Shackle is a freelance journalist, who tweets @samirashackle. She was formerly a staff writer for the New Statesman.

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Quiz: Can you identify fake news?

The furore around "fake" news shows no sign of abating. Can you spot what's real and what's not?

Hillary Clinton has spoken out today to warn about the fake news epidemic sweeping the world. Clinton went as far as to say that "lives are at risk" from fake news, the day after Pope Francis compared reading fake news to eating poop. (Side note: with real news like that, who needs the fake stuff?)

The sweeping distrust in fake news has caused some confusion, however, as many are unsure about how to actually tell the reals and the fakes apart. Short from seeing whether the logo will scratch off and asking the man from the market where he got it from, how can you really identify fake news? Take our test to see whether you have all the answers.

 

 

In all seriousness, many claim that identifying fake news is a simple matter of checking the source and disbelieving anything "too good to be true". Unfortunately, however, fake news outlets post real stories too, and real news outlets often slip up and publish the fakes. Use fact-checking websites like Snopes to really get to the bottom of a story, and always do a quick Google before you share anything. 

Amelia Tait is a technology and digital culture writer at the New Statesman.