“By the powers invested in me by an ill-thought through front page on the Bromley News Shopper…”
The above image is doing the rounds on Twitter this morning. Sadly, it’s no spoof, but the actual front page of last week’s Bromley edition of the News Shopper. I’m not sure which is dumber – the scaremongering front page or the idiot NIMBYs featured within. I wonder if anyone at the News Shopper’s Petts Wood HQ was a fan of Monkey Dust?
The online story is more measured, but the News Shopper should really be asking itself why it’s giving credibility to the very worst kind of scaremongering.
This is the same paper whose poorly-resourced Greenwich edition has largely abandoned any serious reporting about the area, leaving the way free for a council propaganda paper to fill the gap. Oh, and who rewarded the writer of a homophobic rant with a “star letter” prize.
I’d always thought the News Shopper was much more comfortable in its Bromley heartland (the paper was formed in Orprington in the 1960s) – but it seems to be trying its best to lose all credibility there too. Across SE London, we need proper, rigorous local journalism – but it’s increasingly clear that one paper has decided to opt out of that job.
Even when it does dip its toes in some proper reporting, such as covering the woes of Ferrier Estate residents threatened with eviction by Greenwich Council, that credibility is undermined by some of the cretinous comments on the website…
Oh yes, and a further charming comment on the Ferrier residents’ plight appeared just after this post was first published. Why does the News Shopper think this kind of crap adds to the story?
Is there any other paper that holds the area which it claims to serve in such contempt?