Thursday, 23 December 2010

The Big Leak on Maggie or The Big Rip-off by the Townsville Bulletin?

I see that The Bully has this morning 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!

3 comments:

David Crusty Herron said...

And here’s another ‘Crusty Diatribe’. I agree with you on every thing said about the Bully. If the Bully was as particular about ‘getting it right’ as George & Pen do then the media would be a delight to deal with. And I also agree, I am a talking head, deemed a 'local character' by some media and euphemistically a 'local nut job'. I am passionate about and strongly support WikiLeaks and what it stands for… thus my public statements or diatribes with my full name attached.

My wedding celebrant blog has a link to WikiLeaks, and you will find WikiLeaks references all over my face book pages, including the image.

Now, Re the Bully story; The Bully had been following the Magnetic Times on WikiLeaks, as many of us have. On the 20th Dec I put together the image and sent it to Magnetic Times via Comments & email and uploaded it to facebook.

Someone by the name of Jemma took the image and it went public on the net. I found a blog with the image: http://somethingaboutmagneticisland.blogspot.com/.

The Bully contacted me. I gave them a written statement supporting WikiLeaks with the proviso that Magnetic Times be given credit for initiating the concept and that they speak with George with the suggestion that they seek permission to publish his cartoons. I also included background reference sources with further comment as copied and pasted below:

“Check out the links below for a bit of background.

Some background stuff from Magnetic Times...
http://www.magnetictimes.com.au/article-3658.html
http://www.magnetictimes.com.au/article-3662.html

More from Blogging Townsville:
http://bloggingtownsville.blogspot.com/2010/12/of-magnetic-island-julian-assange-and.html

I did not originally suggest a sculpture or statue. It was someone else' idea. I realised that it may have potential for tourism & of course most importantly getting WikiLeaks Message out to the world. Freedom of Information, Freedom of the Press, Non disclosure of (media) sources & that the inalienable rights of the individual for self determination have been denied us.” (extract from email 21 Dec 2010)

My intent in speaking to the bully was an endeavour to show support for WikiLeaks. But someone up there had other ideas.

Thank you

Crusty

“Opening his mouth to change feet”

crustyherron said...

I agree with you on every thing said about the Bully. If the Bully was as particular about ‘getting it right’ as George & Pen do then the media would be a delight to deal with. And I also agree, I am a talking head, deemed a 'local character' by some media and euphemistically a 'local nut job'. I am passionate about and strongly support WikiLeaks and what it stands for… thus my public statements or diatribes with my full name attached.

My wedding celebrant blog has a link to WikiLeaks, and you will find WikiLeaks references all over my face book pages, including the image.

Re the Bully story; The Bully had been following the Magnetic Times on WikiLeaks, as many of us have. On the 20th Dec I put together the image and sent it to Magnetic Times via Comments & email and uploaded it to facebook.

Someone by the name of Jemma took the image and it went public on the net. I found a blog with the image: http://somethingaboutmagneticisland.blogspot.com/.

The Bully contacted me. I gave them a written statement supporting WikiLeaks with the proviso that Magnetic Times be given credit for initiating the concept and that they speak with George with the suggestion that they seek permission to publish his cartoons. I also included background reference source URLs for Magnetic Times & Blogging Townsville.

My intent in speaking to the bully was an endeavour to show support for WikiLeaks. But someone up there had other ideas.

Thank you

Crusty

“Opening his mouth to change feet”

Island View said...

On ya Crusty and I'm sorry I doubted you or your loyalty to Maggie Times! - it was the Bully that I really doubted.

As for your views on Wikileaks - I agree