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Is the last journalist about to switch off the lights?

Three years ago today the demise of the Thanet Gazette was predicted. Is that prediction coming true?

Back in 2008 Justin Williams an Assistant Editor at the Telegraph Media Group wrote of the impending demise of Thanet's print media and the Gazette especially. Are we starting to see this prediction come true?

Although Mr Williams no longer maintains a personal website (although he is active on twitter) his post of the eighth of August 2008 (08/08/08) still rings true for me. It was titled The Thanet Gazette: Will the last journalist to leave please turn out the lights.

In that post Mr Williams expressed his horror over the bungled handling of what should have been their biggest story in years. The story of a certain carrier bag of "lost papers" that suggested that Sandy Ezekiel (Council Leader at the time) and others had lied about expenses relating to the China Gateway planning proposal.

The story was broken on Thanet's blogs a good long time before the newspaper's were willing to print it. When they did they refused to put the story on their own website - it was only available in the print edition.

Journalism, Williams concluded, was alive and well in Thanet on a select few blogs (including Thanet Star). It was from this that a number of thinkers in the world of journalism suggested that blogging was the future of journalism in Thanet and that the Thanet star was a prime example of this.

Then Williams predicted the end of the Gazette and possibly print journalism in Thanet. Most people dismissed him as over-reacting. Now we see that the Thanet Gazette is due to be flogged off to Kent Messenger. Who is the sane one now I wonder?

It seems to me that blogging is more important than ever before but how can it gain the reach of the print papers or indeed should it?

The countervalue.com article and blog are no longer online but the story was located here.

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This Normal comment was left by Peter Checksfield [score: 0]:

Ironically the two blogs that broke & covered that 2008 story (Eastcliff Richard & Thanet Strife) have also disappeared.
09/08/2011 00:18:57

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09/08/2011 08:09:17

This Normal comment was left by Richard Card [score: 0]:

The biggest stories were the aquifer contaminations revealed by my FOI and the sacking of bogus former SAS man James Shortt as cabinet bunker security consultant.

Shortt was exposed as bogus by the Sun and Private Eye in 2009. Yet Private Eye's "Eye in the Thanet Sky" ECR did not exactly welcome or promote follow up on the story did he ?

An obvious follow up was the 1990 EU resolution on member states to investigate and dismantle unauthorized military groups.

The Belgian Senate complied but UK did not. The Belgian inquiry looked at their own Police Para-Commando units. In connection with far right terrorism and 25 murders in Belgium. Yet the England connection (Unauthorized military training groups established using Deal Royal Marines Barracks by James Shortt and Lucien Ott who organised training missions to train Belgian Police Para Commando units) was not pursued.

The reason for the EU Resolution was rogue terrorism allegedly carried out by the NATO funded cell network "GLADIO".

The Gladio network was the result of a report and recommendations made in 1944 by Harry SPORBORG of SOE/MI6. One of the powerful city bankers who later selected and steered Maggie Thatcher to power in the 70s.

And maybe a useful thought when seeking explanation why UK did not comply with the 1990 EU resolution. That would be the puppet agreeing to investigate her own puppetmaster ?

Harry SPORBORG postwar with two other MI6 people founded a charity called Sue Ryder Foundation.

Was Lucy Mail a close associate of ECR ? For Lucy Mail would make venomous personal attacks on me suggesting that I was somehow deluded by mentioning Sue Ryder and Thanet gun ranges in the same breath ? Yet Lucy Mail must have trawled the internet to put together his/ her ad hominem venom.

The fact remains that ECR seemed happy with Private Eye promoting the idea that the story ends by labelling SHORTT as a dreamer. And locally ECR was involved in promoting the idea that anyone (me) arguing, that there is a great public interest in pursuing the Deal Barracks history, should be subjected to abuse aimed at discreditting the message by shooting at the messenger.

ECR is a talented man. But he edits his talent and sought to edit others too.

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/foi_questions_arising_from_convi

TDC is so far electing silence on these latest developments.
16/08/2011 11:18:37

This Normal comment was left by Matt B [score: 0]:

Sliding a tad off topic there Richard.
18/08/2011 09:39:01

This Normal comment was left by Andrew Woodman [score: 0]:

I am not sure it I agree with the sentiments of this post. Blogging is not a replacement for professional journalism.
26/08/2011 21:30:18

This Normal comment was left by Matt B [score: 0]:

That entire depends on the blogger Andrew.
28/08/2011 17:45:23
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