May 29, 2004


The Sydney Morning Herald’s Alan Ramsey responds to Parliamentary criticism:

Michael Danby got to his feet and spoke for nine minutes in the grievance debate on one subject only. That subject was my journalism and what he traduced as my "ethical standards". He does not like "the bile" I write and he likes even less the "lazy and dishonest journalism" I bring to readers of this newspaper. He calls it "journalistic theft raised to a lifestyle". That is his opinion.

It’s an opinion Ramsey appears to have acted on. In his main item today, the long-form quote-recycler writes practically the entire piece himself. Danby calculated that some of Ramsey’s earlier columns depended on previously published material for 85% of their content.

Posted by Tim Blair at May 29, 2004 05:36 AM

The long-form quote recycler

Bloody hell! It took me some thousand words to say that! No wonder I've given up blogging!

Posted by: TimT at May 29, 2004 at 10:12 AM

Yeah, I'm on Crikey's subscriber list too. There's lots more interesting stuff there than you find here. But I understand when you're desperate for a good story, sometimes you just have to pinch it without attribution, dontchya?

Posted by: Miranda Divide at May 29, 2004 at 10:31 AM

Can you believe this crap Who killed Nick Berg? from Richard Neville is on the front page of the Herald online?
It uses the authorative source Aztlan
Did anyone from the silly bother to look at this site?
But wait, it must the the same "news" source Ramsey uses - "Collusion with US based Jewish pornographers seen. USA rape and sodomization of Iraqis worst than imagined"

ps "Beware of Zionist controlled PayPal"

Posted by: James at May 29, 2004 at 10:42 AM

Ramsey thinks by publishing criticism of himself, it absolves him. In fact it damns him.

Posted by: jafa at May 30, 2004 at 04:27 PM

I don't believe it. Next you'll be telling us that the SMH is considering becoming a newspaper, introducing the concepts of professionalism or even of journalism, instead of its longstanding dedication to being a village shriek-sheet writ large.

Posted by: Saltation at May 31, 2004 at 05:37 AM