finally reported about the buzz on Maggie Island about building some sort of statue in tribute to the Island's one-time son, Julian Assange.
We reported on it here at length yesterday and earlier (about 10 days ago) here. And we of course took our lead from Magnetic Times who first raised the idea in this story on 11 December and a week later developed it further in this story (including with the cartoon by George shown at right).
But true to style, in finally running the story, the Bully fails to give any recognition or reference to Magnetic Times (reflecting the old mainstream media paradigm of 'every other media outlet is a competitor and therefore shouldn't be given an inch'). In fact, when you read the Bully's piece, you could swear that their hard-working journo, Anon, wrote it based on their own detailed investigative journalism.
Rather, The Bully ignores the originators of the idea (and the story) and instead focuses on "local island character" Crusty Heron. Of course, in any small community such as the Island, "local character" is a euphemism for "local nut-job".
Don't get me wrong, Crusty is a nice guy, good to wave at from the other side of the road and does quite a reasonable wedding (although I brought one from him and it didn't work). It's just that you want to avoid getting into a conversation with him at all costs. If you're wondering why, just have a read of his diatribes in the comments to these Magnetic Times articles here and here!
But hey, he's a talking head who always answers his phone - making the 'investigation' by The Bully's increasingly familiar Anon all that much easier and providing the perfect out from giving due credit to The Magnetic Times.
Finally I really wonder whether the photo-shopped graphic with the Bully's story was really done by Crusty as implied in the article or was it actually mashed-up by Anon him/herself? You certainly won't find it on Crusty's website, facebook page or from any google search I could think of!
PS: - Magnetic Times got eight weblinks out of this story and The Bully only one - a good score I reckon and one that won't help The Bully's google rankings one bit!