Click-bait that can be wrong, or useless, or misdirecting, or irresponsible

One of the weirdest outcomes of constant news channels is that they announce they are going to bring you the news rather than give you the news there and then.
Newspapers web-sites and social media sites do it in other ways – announcing a question (to which the answer is most usually “No”) and by enabling users to spread rumours and outright lies.

Just some examples concerning The Meadows that are wrong, or useless, or misdirecting, or irresponsible –

The Nottingham Post suggests works to re-paint the Trent Bridge in March will bring additional burdens to commuters driving across the River Trent. Wrong. The works are to enable scaffolding to be erected between 8pm and 3am – way outside of rush hour.

The Nottingham Post state huge numbers of crimes for The Meadows – achieved by using the combined figures for the wards of The Meadows, Dales, St.Anns, Clifton North and Clifton South. Useless. A bit ironic given the N Post had run a story in January saying how good it is to live in The Meadows.

Lies issued in response to Police arresting 2 men

The Police announce charging 2 men from The Meadows on drug dealing charges. Bridges Community Trust share the news. “Natty Bongo” comments that one of the officers involved had Covid-19. Then backs it up with the story from the N Post that an officer is indeed being tested. Misdirection. Turns out the officer tested was found not to have the virus (see subsequent N Post story), and that the officer was based in Bridewell (who are not used on raids either). But it’s another example of allowing people to make comments anonymously and then be able to duck responsibility for comments made.

More challenging are the “opinions” expressed as personal experience and deemed as irrefutable facts. (There was a classic example of this on BBCtv Question Time recently). Turns out the opinion shraed of one individual in particular is an opinion not shared. So going public this way is irresponsible. It is hard to deny personal experience and people offering service to clients can soon become vulnerable to this. Where this pertains to a public service, and offered without a name and address, I am reluctant to follow these complaints up (although sometimes I check, and focus on a solution if a problem is found to exist). If someone cares enough, they should report it responsibly.

It’s been brought to my attention since that the Nottingham Post and then the Daily Mirror have run a story about a patient’s daughter being refused access to the Meadows Medical Centre toilet. The man refused works in mental health and that says something. But residents will understand why the centre keeps the toilets locked and I have heard the Centre’s take on the incident.

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