Citing research by Liverpool Uni and LJMU that show various criteria to support including the spurious " higher percentage of upbeat media coverage of the city",
What the Post doesn't tell the reader- why should they?- is that the research has been commissioned by Liverpool City council and the Culture Company.
From the cited website. http://www.liv.ac.uk/impacts08/index.htm
"Liverpool City Council has commissioned the two Universities to develop Impacts 08 in partnership with the Cultural Research Steering Group- made up of Liverpool City Council, Liverpool Culture Company and representatives from Culture Northwest, the regional cultural consortium, including Arts Council England (North West) and the North West Culture Observatory. "
Conflict of interest?
The findings are not published on the website (though it states they are) The Post, however, has managed to source them- transparency?
Seems the Post decide on the story they'd like then find or exclude facts to fit.
In the time of Yore the Post and Echo could just cite sources without thereader being in a position to investigate- now with the web it's possible to see just how docile their reporters really are.