A war of words has broken out after the editor of a weekly newspaper defended his title against the criticisms of a local blogger.
He made the invitation, which was later declined, after the Advertiser was regularly criticised by the blogger, who called its reporting of events ‘tired and dull’.
But following the publication of his letter, Inside Croydon has hit back at the editor, defending its judgments of the title, which it calls the ‘Sadvertiser’.
In Glenn’s blog, he writes: “There is no disputing it makes for a lively read but, when it comes to the local newspapers (especially us) Mr Insider doesn’t just have a chip on his shoulder, he seems to have the full portion with ketchup and vinegar thrown in for good measure.
“In the introductory blurb on the site, Mr Insider refers our coverage as ‘puerile or patronising’ and ‘tired and dull’. I’ve had better reviews.
“Fair enough though – everyone is entitled to their opinion. However, The Insider’s latest missive about our Parking Mad campaign is a source of particular annoyance largely because, not to put too fine a point on it, it’s a load of old codswallop.
“Firstly, he continually describes us as the Croydon S-Advertiser, which must have taken a whole 30 seconds to think up. No chance of a job on the subs desk with lame puns like that.
“Then, he goes on to criticise us for daring to start a campaign (a successful campaign, I might add) against Croydon Council’s parking proposals. If we hadn’t bothered with a campaign, we probably would have been criticised for that too. Isn’t campaigning what all good local newspapers should be doing?”
In his response to Glenn, a blog post on Inside Croydon says the editor should develop a ‘thicker skin’ and says the Advertiser’s parking campaign was ‘belatedly jumping on a bandwagon’.
The blogger writes: “It is our contention that the Sadvertiser has been compromised in its coverage of local issues for many years – long before Ebrey was given the editor’s chair. Hence our view of his paper as ‘puerile or patronising’ and ‘tired and dull’.
“Don’t take it personally, Glenn: it wasn’t a review of your work, but a reflection of being ill-served for many years by what is possibly one of the worst local newspapers in the country.
“And that’s not just our view: ask journalists who work a similar patch for the Croydon Guardian or the South London Press. Ask yourself, Glenn, when was the last time that the Sadvertiser actually broke a story – any story – that got followed up by local BBC or ITV networks, by the Mail or the Standard?”