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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

The Media Vultures Circle

There's nothing quite as nasty as a hack reporter attempting to squirm away from the sort of merciless questioning with which they regularly barrage their subjects.

It was inevitable that the media would come up for scrutiny after John Brogden's suicide attempt, given reports that it occurred after he was contacted by the Daily Telegraph to comment on a story they planned to run airing rumours of further indiscretions on his part. (While I regard the Telegraph, with few exceptions, as just upstairs from toilet paper, the Sydney Morning Herald should not be excused for their obtrusive, unnecessary, blurry photo of Brogden on a hospital stretcher).

The important thing to remember about this article is that the allegations in it were only that - allegations. Unsubstantiated, spoken by people who were not willing to go on the record. It has now come to light that Bob Carr biographer and The Australian staffer Andrew West has resigned over the claims of Telegraph editor David Penberthy that he was jealous at having been scooped on the Brogden story by the Telegraph. West rang ABC's PM tonight (apparently while the show was ongoing - it's recorded live) and furiously denied Penberthy's allegations, saying his protest was against being asked to publish scurrilous claims about someone's sex life, and that he refused to publish the story on Brogden.

Penberthy's a loathesome figure at the best of times, but his attempts to slither out of any part in Brogden's malaise - nope, didn't even kick him when he was already down - was a marvel to behold. The transcript should be up on the PM website soon (there was also a relevant story on The World Today.

8 Comments:

At 1:24 pm, Blogger Zoe said...

And an interveiw with Penberthy in today's Media section in the Strayan.

And a much better piece by West - don't think either are online.

 
At 1:25 pm, Blogger Zoe said...

And I like to start sentences with and, and I didn't reread that before I hit post.

 
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