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DOUBLE STANDARDS: ABC’s Jonathan Holmes won’t apply his lofty principles to himself

JohnnyholmesSmarty-pants Jonathan Holmes opines today that The Australian is “bullying” lefty journalism critic Margaret Simons when it criticises her criticism of their reporters.

And yet when he blatantly and falsely represented VEXNEWS as being part of a ring of blogs attacking the PM over the embezzlement conspiracy theory – when we’d extensively reported on the nonsense of much of it and on the lack of credibility of many of her accusers – the bullying host of Media Watch on the ABC was extremely reluctant to correct or acknowledge his obvious, careless and stupid error.

Indeed, our reporting on Ralph Blewitt (Holmes couldn’t correctly spell his name) gave our readers an insight into the man that was subsequently extensively reported across the nation, reports even cited by the Prime Minister herself at a media conference. We are first with the worst. Jonathan Holmes just is the worst.

He has still refused to correct the original copy, which is still here.

Only after a formal complaint was made did he agree to add a half-correction, non-apology for it at the end of the article.

We spoke with him and he seemed at some pains to point that while he realised he made an error, that he didn’t like VEXNEWS at all and believed we were part of an ungovernable part of the media.

I pointed out that this assertion is quite wrong too as many of those making legal attacks on this publication demonstrate.

But the grouchy know-all didn’t want facts to get in the way of his silly rant and so it’s still published in all of its embarrassing self-abuse. His commitment to truth and accountability extends only to applying his version of it to others, not to himself, it seems.

So when he complains of other publications bullying their critics, he ought to look right in the mirror and gaze upon a Christmas humbug.


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  1. THX DEAN.ALSO NO GOOD…referring to Dean Mighell ETU.

    Posted by jimmy | December 21, 2012, 13:14
  2. Mr Holmes has caught the Abbott disease, that of Hypocris ad nauseum.

    Posted by BadAbit | December 21, 2012, 14:42
  3. Vic Govt economic statement boilover – Ultra right wing rorter of telco cards and failed liberal president wanna be … is to be the Vic Govt Gas exploration Authority supremo … you heard it first here

    Posted by jusdiss | December 21, 2012, 21:19
  4. Holmes is a sneering, mealy-mouthed hypocrite. His only claim to fame is having the biggest smirk in the business.

    Posted by Patriot | December 23, 2012, 1:30
  5. I feel a bit light headed Sav can you make me another bacon butty Sav? There is about to be another explosive story on Geoff and a teenage hairdresser hit the media.

    Posted by Inga Binga | December 23, 2012, 9:43
  6. he looks like Edvard Munch’s The Scream. Must give kiddies nightmares

    Posted by bob | December 23, 2012, 13:40
  7. Journalists generally have double standards. Speaking of Journos…for everyone that has been slagged off by the Age over the years in particular the Spy column in the old days. Please send all complaints to the home address of Mr LAWRENCE MONEY at 24 THE RIDGEWAY, KENSINGTON.

    Long live the Patriots!

    Posted by Jack Pacholli | December 23, 2012, 15:43
  8. Debts all over sheprdton

    Posted by Freddy | December 23, 2012, 21:24
  9. however aggrieved you might feel about being legrolled by little Johnny Holmes, Meg Simons is a good journalist being harassed by the Oz because she’s – rightly in this case – called them to account. Enjoy your Christmas Humbug with brandy butter on top.

    Posted by voice of reason | December 23, 2012, 23:53
  10. Meg Simons is a far better journalist than Jon Holmes.

    Posted by Giuseppe De Simone | January 5, 2013, 23:13


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