Smarty-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.