This article features an interview with a journalist from The Mirror who attempts to justify the over-exaggeration and shock "accident" stories that they keep producing. The first section is mostly on the inaccuracies which some of you will probably know about, the interview isn't until later on.
I personally do not think their scaremongering behaviour is in line but there are no regulations against it.
I picked out a few points from the interview; firstly from the section on the Sonic Spinball "accident":
“Obviously we all know that rides break down now and again – obviously it’s more prominent after the incident involving the Smiler. What may class as minor stories are more in the spotlight now.”
More prominent? The tiny bits of normal downtime we associate with theme parks never entered the news until now. They didn't get any attention at all, let alone a news article.
Next the story about Alton Towers being haunted:
“I’m hoping it’s written with a fair amount of scepticism. That should be the tone. If we’ve given any credibility to [her] comments then that isn’t appropriate and I’d probably need to have a look at the story in this case.”
Does this sound to anyone else like he doesn't even read the articles before they go out? Are they not double checked for accuracy? That's just my interpretation anyway.
And in regards to Air being stuck upside down:
“I don’t think it’s accurate to say they were upside down, they were sort of lying at an angle, I’ve seen the pictures on that.”
“I’ve not written any of the stories myself but I’m sure we’ve quoted various people in the stories. We’ve done a lot of stories on Alton Towers, so I’m sure there are experts that we’ve spoken to.”
Again, this reads very much like he doesn't check articles. He doesn't even seem sure if he himself has spoken to a journalist! This makes me believe that he didn't in reality.
It seems like the news reporting is a shambles, the sooner they stop the better (and apologies for the gigantic post