Wednesday, 25 May 2011
Private Eye has reached the harsh but inevitable judgement on the Fulham Chronicle following their transformation from independent newspaper to propaganda machine willing to take the politicians' shilling.
Private Eye, headed by anti corruption campaigner Ian Hislop who recently forced BBC hack Andrew Marr to reveal his super-injunction gagging the press, describes how the Fulham Chronicle will be "opening it's columns" to be written by "council press officers" in return for getting £75,000 a year of our tax cash. This is in addition, of course, to supporting local prostitution by taking advertising cash from pimps and brothels despite pleas from the Metropolitan Police not to do so.
The Eye poses a question - now that they are reliant on producing Council political propaganda what will the Chronicle do if it gets a story that challenges the spin doctors? I can answer that - in their recent report on the locally contentious White City redevelopment plans on April 14th not a single question about the plans was raised - only that "ambitious plans" had been "unveiled". In fact, there are real questions about the extent of social housing that will or will not be created and the extent to which local people have been consulted with local politicians on both sides trading blows on the issue, which is why I wrote it up as a "row". You would not have known anything about the non-Council version of the events from reading the Fulham Chronicle.
Posted by Chris Underwood at 07:01