Lib Dem Voice have been crunching the numbers:
"In the three weeks before the departure of editor Veronica Wadley from the Evening Standard the paper’s stories about Boris Johnson broke down as 61% positive, 27% neutral and 12% negative.""And in the three weeks after her departure? They were 43% positive (down 18%), 22% neutral (down 5%) and 35% negative (up 23%)."
Well that certainly fits with my own experience. In fact things at the Standard have gone so far in the other direction, they've started nicking our stories:
"But, in a move that has angered his political opponents, a fleet of more than a dozens cabs was ordered to take Mr Johnson and several others home after the meeting ended about 9pm.
"The Mayor's office could not say how many people were given a free ride home and refused to reveal their identities. Earlier this year, after it was claimed there were plans to provide Mr Johnson with an official car, his office said:
"He cycles everywhere he possibly can, and if he cannot he happily uses public transport, or very occasionally a taxi."
Now I don't want to have too much of a crack at Danny Brierley. If he wants to lift our stories including a quote from the mayor's office supplied only to this blog, then that's okay with me.
But I do wonder about this cut and paste journalism.
-Update- Now also available in The Daily Mail.