Robert Popper appears to have spoofed the Financial Times*, The Sun and the Telegraph with his phone call to London radio station LBC in which he claimed to be a factory worker who'd seen Gordon Brown throw a tangerine and call the manager a 'citric idiot'.
What I find interesting is that the host on the LBC show seems to be a bit suspicious, and makes it clear there isn't any independent corroboration. But that entirely reasonable and understandable level of scepticism is absent from the press reports. The comical but jarring phrase 'citric idiot' is missing from the Sun's coverage - they prefer to say Brown called the manager 'an idiot':
A FACTORY worker claims that during an official visit to his plant the PM hurled a tangerine into a laminating machine after flying into a rage while on a phone call. He said: "The fruit got stuck in the machine and clogged it.
"It was very embarrassing, we had to stop the tour and he got even more angry. He called the person that gave him the tangerine an idiot."
So you have to wonder why they omitted the word 'citric' in the quote. Is it because it made the claim seem a bit more iffy, and that's not what they wanted?
But then you see how these things progress. The Telegraph simply C&Vs what it read in the Sun:
One of the factory workers told The Sun Mr Brown became angry and threw a tangerine he was holding into a laminating machine causing it to breakdown.The worker said: "The fruit got stuck in the machine and clogged it. It was very embarrassing we had to stop the tour and he got even more angry. He called the person who gave him the tangerine an idiot."