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Fake Twitter Site Mocks Media Coverage
Anorexic Sent To Cover Famine Stirs Up Controversy
By ROBERT YOUNG PELTON 08/02/2011
As journalists stream into Kenya's Dadaab refugee camp to bring Somalia's suffering into our collective consciousness, so begins the expected fringe elements. Trend analysis shows that it is one of the few stories where public interest has soared faster than media's coverage. Stories about the drought and famine are spiking easy to chart readership and the publications have been quick to scramble journalistic talent to meet demand.

There seems to be a media on media tussle over the UK's Daily Mail sending Liz Jones to cover the famine in Kenya. Jones is a ripe candidate for ridicule due to her very public discussion of her 40 year battle with anorexia, plastic surgery and fashion. But the Daily Mail wisely thought that readers - er, rather viewers of bikinis, royal scandals and other popular fodder - would enjoy the fashion writer's take on Somalia's agony.

Liz Jones is the fashion columnist for the Daily Mail who has already lambasted the UK's National Health Service for not living up to her expectations when she demanded "emergency" inoculations.

No, we are not making this up but someone did decide to make up a fake twitter feed under the gossip columnist's name and you can feel the sting all the way from London to Dadaab.

The fake twitter page:

http://twitter.com/#!/lizjonessomalia

LizJonesSomalia Liz Jones in Somalia I'm beginning to think some of these people are Muslim. 15 minutes ago

LizJonesSomalia Liz Jones in Somalia This trip has really reminded me of my gap year in the USA. I think I'd like to do some more travelling when I get home. 2 hours ago

LizJonesSomalia Liz Jones in Somalia How many times do you let a waiter bring you plain brown rice instead of a mushroom risotto before reporting him to his manager? 4 hours ago

LizJonesSomalia Liz Jones in Somalia Eager to get back to hotel. Am tired & dirty - imagine the refugees want to get home too, especially after a long day talking to me. LOL. 6 hours ago

LizJonesSomalia Liz Jones in Somalia Caught Aasiya accessing BBC news on my laptop, looking for "aid news." Had to explain about austerity measures. Did not go down well. 7 hours ago

LizJonesSomalia Liz Jones in Somalia Very hard to get quotes on the record. Most people too weak to talk, or too distressed to be comprehended. Frustrating. 8 hours ago

LizJonesSomalia Liz Jones in Somalia @ @simonbayley Apparently Jolie was here a couple of weeks ago - the little girl said I was far more of a "heavenly angel" than her. Bless. 9 hours ago

LizJonesSomalia Liz Jones in Somalia At least I think that's what she said. There was a lot of coughing. 9 hours ago

LizJonesSomalia Liz Jones in Somalia The refugees are lovely too. One little girl said how sorry she was to hear of the difficulties I was having selling my house. 9 hours ago

LizJonesSomalia Liz Jones in Somalia @ Thank you @OCDRuinedMyLife the kind words of yourself and other followers are helping me get through this as best I can. 9 hours ago

LizJonesSomalia Liz Jones in Somalia The elder seemed really wise and knowing, like he had something important to say. Not like in Britain with our vapid celebrity culture. 10 hours ago

LizJonesSomalia Liz Jones in Somalia I've just met a village elder; didn't understand a word, even with Aasiya's well meaning translations. Honestly! That girl just doesn't try. 10 hours ago

LizJonesSomalia Liz Jones in Somalia About to meet my first refugees. I must remember to be humbled and touched by their personal journeys. 10 hours ago

LizJonesSomalia Liz Jones in Somalia @ I think the 3G communications network was the first thing set up by aid agencies @abigailb so we journalists could tell this tragic story! 10 hours ago

LizJonesSomalia Liz Jones in Somalia Somalia has 95% unemployment but no benefits culture whatsoever. It's a remarkably successful system when you think about it. 11 hours ago

LizJonesSomalia Liz Jones in Somalia ...and for all the news back home don't forget to follow @DMReporter 11 hours ago

LizJonesSomalia Liz Jones in Somalia My driver Maahir is taking me to the first refugee camp. He says the death of Amy Winehouse hit the country pretty hard. 11 hours ago

LizJonesSomalia Liz Jones in Somalia According to @Hamza_online & @mydearfrankly the correct term is Somalis. I apologise. I normally just refer to them as "those people." 12 hours ago

LizJonesSomalia Liz Jones in Somalia It's my duty to look glamorous. My visit will be the highlight of their day. Aasiya tells me foreign journalists are worshipped here. 12 hours ago

LizJonesSomalia Liz Jones in Somalia Anyway, I really should get up. Aasiya has nearly finished typing the 2nd chapter of my new novel and is ready to take me to a refugee camp. 12 hours ago

LizJonesSomalia Liz Jones in Somalia Actually my 2nd column will be all about the BBC's shameless emotional propaganda regarding the famine - @simonbayley - how perceptive. 12 hours ago

LizJonesSomalia Liz Jones in Somalia Just written first column on Somalian visit. Powerful stuff! I'm sorry to stick it to the NHS two articles in a row but they deserve it. 12 hours ago

LizJonesSomalia Liz Jones in Somalia There's been a hosepipe ban in Somalia since 1985. I didn't know that. #fact 13 hours ago

LizJonesSomalia Liz Jones in Somalia @ Ethiopia! That's the one. Thank you @chillipope! Well the campaign certainly worked - everyone I've spoken to here has heard of Christmas. 13 hours ago

LizJonesSomalia Liz Jones in Somalia Where was that other famine? The famous one. I saw footage on the Wembley big screen during Live Aid. Midge Ure was so good! #research 13 hours ago

LizJonesSomalia Liz Jones in Somalia Trust me to go abroad while Britain has a heatwave. Just my luck. LOL. 14 hours ago

LizJonesSomalia Liz Jones in Somalia @ @paul_romsey There are thousands of carrier bags out here - but no Waitrose for them to come from in the first place. It's a mystery. 14 hours ago

LizJonesSomalia Liz Jones in Somalia @ @zoebristol Still haven't had the remainder of my inoculations after the NHS debacle. Trying to find a BUPA clinic out here is impossible! 14 hours ago

LizJonesSomalia Liz Jones in Somalia Awful nights sleep; the sobbing outside my hotel window was so loud. Without my duck-feather duvet I wouldn't have gotten a wink over 8hrs. 15 hours ago

LizJonesSomalia Liz Jones in Somalia Apparently I have to sleep on the floor. My hotelier has had to put my mattress over the window. No idea why. It's like student digs. 1 Aug

LizJonesSomalia Liz Jones in Somalia Being here I finally understand the meaning of hunger. My room service is over 2 hours late. I'm literally starving to death. 1 Aug

LizJonesSomalia Liz Jones in Somalia The humidity is frizzing my hair and my straighteners have the wrong plug. I'm beginning to understand the hardships these people face. 1 Aug

LizJonesSomalia Liz Jones in Somalia Whilst out here I'll also be reading one of Richard and Judy's Bookclub novels and shooting a travelogue review. #Multitasking 1 Aug

LizJonesSomalia Liz Jones in Somalia Just read 'Eat. Pray. Love.' Soooo inspiring. 1 Aug

LizJonesSomalia Liz Jones in Somalia Louis Vuitton shoes and arid soil do not match. Completely ruined todays outfit. 1 Aug

LizJonesSomalia Liz Jones in Somalia @ Complain if you like @Curran333 I'm paid more for 4 articles than you or these people will ever see. I think we know who the real losers are 1 Aug

LizJonesSomalia Liz Jones in Somalia So nice to be a country where no-one talks about phone hacking. 1 Aug

LizJonesSomalia Liz Jones in Somalia Tomorrow I'm to leave the press tent and go visit a real refugee camp instead. I hope I'm prepared. Eek! 1 Aug

LizJonesSomalia Liz Jones in Somalia Visiting this camp has made me very depressed. It's unhygienic, smelly & filled with people slowly wasting away. The food is inedible. 1 Aug

LizJonesSomalia Liz Jones in Somalia Somali is such a beautiful language. I'd love to hear more of it but the people here only say 2 words - 'please' and 'help' - so sad. 1 Aug

LizJonesSomalia Liz Jones in Somalia The people here are so open-hearted and generous. I was telling one refugee about my money woes and he organised a whip round for me. 1 Aug

LizJonesSomalia Liz Jones in Somalia @ We're nearly at the first camp. Don't expect to stay for long as I want to get all my present shopping done early (thanks @brooligan!) 1 Aug

LizJonesSomalia Liz Jones in Somalia The police refuse to enforce seatbelt laws here. It's infuriating. 1 Aug

LizJonesSomalia Liz Jones in Somalia Had to reprimand Aasiya for being 20min late; something about a 10mile walk. We'll not make the camps before lunch now. Honestly! That girl! 1 Aug

LizJonesSomalia Liz Jones in Somalia Dacre appears not to have faxed over details of my macrobiotic diet. Hotel offered me rice for breakfast. Aaarrgh! Admin! 1 Aug

LizJonesSomalia Liz Jones in Somalia Anyway, time to get up. Hope there's enough water for my bath. 1 Aug

LizJonesSomalia Liz Jones in Somalia I've been here 24 hours & already found my 1st story - Ocado's refusal to deliver to journalists in war zones shows a lack of compassion! 1 Aug

LizJonesSomalia Liz Jones in Somalia I'm beginning to really regret bringing my cat. 1 Aug

LizJonesSomalia Liz Jones in Somalia Although I've had a column in the DM for 5yrs I've never written about anything other than myself, so this assignment is a real challenge! 1 Aug

LizJonesSomalia Liz Jones in Somalia My first full day as a real journalist! Aasiya is taking me to see the camps today. I expect it will be like Glastonbury, but depressing. 1 Aug

LizJonesSomalia Liz Jones in Somalia Aasiya tells me I have to be up at 6am to see the grain trucks arrive. I have no idea why - I ordered muesli. 31 Jul

LizJonesSomalia Liz Jones in Somalia Aasiya tells me there's not a single Starbucks within walking distance. 31 Jul

LizJonesSomalia Liz Jones in Somalia @ @LorraineWales If you could send me 200 assorted Green and Black's via the Somalian Aid Agency I'd appreciate it. 31 Jul

LizJonesSomalia Liz Jones in Somalia Just bumped into Bono. 31 Jul

LizJonesSomalia Liz Jones in Somalia I think she understands. The poor dear has so little energy. 31 Jul

LizJonesSomalia Liz Jones in Somalia Embarrassed to learn my facelift cost more than Aasiya earns in 10 years. Explained it was necessary so I could tell her story to the world. 31 Jul

LizJonesSomalia Liz Jones in Somalia The room next door are watching an action movie so loud it could be coming from outside. Gunfire, shouting, wailing - sounds awful! 31 Jul

LizJonesSomalia Liz Jones in Somalia STILL can't find the air conditioning switch. 31 Jul

LizJonesSomalia Liz Jones in Somalia I'm starving! Nothing like a business class flight to make you hungry. 31 Jul

LizJonesSomalia Liz Jones in Somalia Finally got to the hotel. A bit worse for wear but run by a lovely couple - no Christian hating homosexual B+B owners here. LOL. 31 Jul

LizJonesSomalia Liz Jones in Somalia On route to my hotel. The driving here is very dangerous; traffic accidents are the country's second top killer. Wonder what the first is. 31 Jul

LizJonesSomalia Liz Jones in Somalia So far I've mainly been amazed by the number of pirate DVD's openly available for sale, with some hilarious Harry Potter artwork! 31 Jul

LizJonesSomalia Liz Jones in Somalia My translator Aasiya is so sweet and pretty. I still told her how much my jar of face cream cost though, just so she knows who's boss. 31 Jul

LizJonesSomalia Liz Jones in Somalia Wait. Somalia is in Africa, right? 31 Jul »

LizJonesSomalia Liz Jones in Somalia Just landed at a Somalian airport. I'm not sure which one as Africa's English language signs are severly lacking.