All a newspaper has to so is to issue a false story before an election, and then after the damage has been done, issue an apology after the election.
In 2013, the Daily Mirror published an article claiming that UKIP's Alex Wood was a racist and a Nazi.
Both in their print edition and their on-line edition, in April and May 2013, just before the May Council elections in Somerset, the articles refered to him making a Nazi Salute and of publishing racist remarks on Facebook.
It turns out he was reaching out to stop someone taking a photograph and was not making any kind of salute. In addition the police had confirmed that Alex had not made those comments on Facebook.
So, the newspaper procedure is to make the stories up before the election, and once the damage is done, issue an unreserved apology.
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