transforming it into this story on the Times http://www.times-series.co.uk/news/11032944.MP_Matthew_Offord_spices_up_trip_to_India/?ref=var_0
Now we rather hoped that the Barnet Times would feel a bit embarrassed and get stuck into some real stories, but it seems they've gone on a "be nice to the Tories and cut and paste frenzy". Interestingly, there seems to be a deliberate campaign to portray the man who tried to shut and sell off Friern Barnet Library, Robert Rams as a big friend of libraries this week as well as the man responsible for parking policies Dean Cohen as the friend of the High St. I wonder why these two might need a bit of help at election time?
These are stories which are rather helpful to the Tories election campaign, posted since we put up our blog on Monday.
1. Friday 2.50PM promoting Matthew Offord MP
2. Wednesday 5.30pm promoting Robert Rams (Robert Rams Story no 1)
3. Wednesday 2.17pm Promoting Robert Rams (Robert Rams Story no 2)
4. Wednesday 1.20pm promoting Robert Rams (Robert Rams Story no 3)
5. Wednesday 11.10am promoting Dean Cohen (classic pre-election tree planting story)
Now if you click here, you'll see just how many of these stories promoting Tory Councillors have been lifted, almost word for word from Press releases from the Council
Here's the Council versions from their website - spot the difference
So we have a situation where the Barnet Times can't be bothered to go out and look for stories. It is much easier just to rehash press releases from the Council and pretend all is hunky dory. Now I wouldn't mind if it didn't really matter, but as we reported on Monday there is a huge news story in the London Borough of Barnet. The Barnet Press (the rival to the Times) deserves great credit for actually doing a proper job on the NHS crisis in A&E and emergency beds, publishing this story
They devoted the Page 3 to stories in this weeks edition, highlighting the crisis in the NHS locally. This is a real story and it is something that could affect anyone in the Borough. So we ask the editor of the Barnet Times once again to start doing his job and covering the stories that really affect people in the Borough and not just rehash press releases churned out to help the local Tories get reelected.
The Barnet Eye passionately believes the local press matter and MUST do their job properly in a democracy. How else can we make intelligent decisions? If all journalists do is cut and paste jobs on Council generated propoganda, they are not serving there readers. I ask them once again, get out and cover the stories that matter.