yes really there is such a thing. His Master's Voice thinks it is just great. They publish the following quote, apparently without irony:
He said: “Local newspapers hold local authorities to account. Whether you’re reporting the local court or council, local papers bring the way the community works into everybody’s home. If we don’t have local newspapers who is going to do that? If people don’t know what is going on in their community, how are they going to hold to account the people that run their lives? In the end, that is the point of local newspapers. They are essential.”
who do you think said that?*
and here is an example of that "holding to account" HMV is famed for:
an uncritical story about Mr Salter and Cllr Ruhemann having "protected" the Kennet Meadows - when a few years ago they were campaigning to build houses on it. I remember Dictatorship Dave Sutton appearing at Reading Labour Party to inform us moronic members of the public that we must all support housing on the meadows, and Mr Salter doing his bidding - but that was then and the Post has forgotten.
* It was John Humphrys. Hah!
As a postscript, RIP muckspreading, presumably Cllr Swaine is now otherwise engaged, in the savage struggle for the hearts and minds of the LibDem group on Reading Borough Council as they wait for the puff of smoke which announces a new leader.