“Lazy, incurious and ­uncritical money-making machines”

Former senior BBC journalist, James Cox, is quoted in today’s Guardian Diary:

“Local papers might like to portray themselves as ‘the last bastion of democratic accountability’, but my reaction is ‘phooey!’ Most of them are lazy, incurious and ­uncritical. Their version of reporting is a bald recital of facts, and any criticism, even of the local dramatic ­society, is frowned upon for fear of ­upsetting the cosy local ­consensus. Most modern local papers are mere money-making machines run by remote accountants and staffed by poorly paid and underperforming hacks.”

Does he live in Bristol, by any chance?

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