News Limited Fires at Bloggers

I was reading in the Sydney Morning Herald today that at a speech at the National Press Club John Hartigan, the chief executive of News Limited, launched yet one more attack on bloggers, news aggregators and others. The Herald reported:

His most scathing attack was reserved for bloggers, who, he said, lacked resources and access to key decision-makers.

“In return for their free content, we pretty much get what we’ve paid for – something of such limited intellectual value as to be barely discernible from massive ignorance,” he said.

He said blogs often gave a platform for “radical sweeping statements unsubstantiated with evidence”.

Now that last quote, “radical sweeping statements unsubstantiated with evidence” is a rich criticism coming from the head of a company such as News Limited which boasts such heavyweights of in depth journalism such as the Daily Telegraph in Australia and the Mirror and Sun in the U.K. Yep, there are some wonderful examples of publications famous for not making “sweeping statements unsubstantiated with evidence”.

I won’t even go near the “massive ignorance” that the Telegraph has managed to push in the last 12 months!

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2 thoughts on “News Limited Fires at Bloggers

  1. thomo the lost 30 November 1999 / 8:00 am

    And I should correct myself before someone else does – the UK's Mirror is, in fact, published by Mirror Trinity, perhaps explaining its slightly different level of journalism. The other comments, however, remain.

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  2. thomo the lost 30 November 1999 / 8:00 am

    Ah, I forgot, News of the World is another News Limited paper isn't it – and they are the ones that have just been through some prosecutions and accusations in the UK for 'phone tapping public figures – yes, News Limited is certainly known for the integrity of its reporting … if not for the veracity.

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