Friday, 27 February 2009

The Evening Standard and the Boris-Watching blogs

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.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

What you complaining about?? It's better than the Evening Boris.

AdamB said...

I'm not complaining. I just thought it was funny given Gilligan's whinge that bloggers don't know 'the difference between investigative journalism and a Google search.' To be fair to Brierley, he did solicit a good quote from a Lib Dem MP and does appear to have contacted the mayor's office as well.

Chris said...

Interesting analysis by Liberal Democrat Voice. 43% positive, 22% neutral and 35% negative sounds about right for what a London paper should be.

Mark Pack said...

I thought one or two of the stories seemed familiar from elsewhere when I was doing the number crunching. Now I know why!

Anonymous said...

Perhaps you should do a similar analysis of your own blog. ---Rgds, AofE

AdamB said...

No need. It's nothing but good news round here.

prj45 said...
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prj45 said...

I did do a double take at the Standard's leader board today, well actually I did a double take and took a picture of it I was so amused:

http://prj45.blogspot.com/2009/02/has-evening-standard-chosen-its-runner.html

AdamB said...

Ah you have a blog now. Good stuff.

Helen said...

The Mail claim they were told the journey between City Hall and the Beck would take 3 hours by public transport - TfL Journey planner says between 1hr 33m and 1hr 45m, probably the same time as by taxi.

AdamB said...

Good to see that the Mail didn't even bother to challenge that one. Cut and paste journalism you see.

prj45 said...

It also claims Boris is a green mayor, which I found rather strange.

http://prj45.blogspot.com/2009/02/comments-that-wont-make-it-onto-daily.html

I'm sure I missed a few, liek the cancellation of hybrid vehicle use etc...

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