Have you read a newspaper, magazine or online story which includes a boast along the lines of “as predicted by this publication”?
Are you impressed?
It is what I call self-congratulatory journalism; the media version of self-abuse.
If you call yourself a journalist, stop doing this now.
Nobody cares how clever you are. Nobody turned to the story for information about your brilliance.
Readers want facts. OK, let’s get real and admit what all the research shows — they also want entertainment.
“We predicted this would happen” maybe correct, but it is irrelevant and it certainly isn’t entertaining.
The “we told you so” school of journalism is more likely to put people off.
If you want to preen. Go and do it somewhere else. Start a blog.