Like what you've read?

On Line Opinion is the only Australian site where you get all sides of the story. We don't
charge, but we need your support. Here�s how you can help.

  • Advertise

    We have a monthly audience of 70,000 and advertising packages from $200 a month.

  • Volunteer

    We always need commissioning editors and sub-editors.

  • Contribute

    Got something to say? Submit an essay.

 The National Forum   Donate   Your Account   On Line Opinion   Forum   Blogs   Polling   About   
On Line Opinion logo ON LINE OPINION - Australia's e-journal of social and political debate


On Line Opinion is a not-for-profit publication and relies on the generosity of its sponsors, editors and contributors. If you would like to help, contact us.


RSS 2.0

Blogs and anonymity - another News conspiracy?

By Richard Stanton - posted Wednesday, 29 September 2010

The Australian newspaper and its New Limited stablemates supported the conservative side of politics during the recent election campaign. Of this there can be no doubt.

Equally, the ABC and Fairfax Media supported the progressive side.

The progressives formed government. The conservatives did not.


Nothing has changed in the second, third and fourth estates for the past 300 years.

In a two-party system of democracy, one side will control the treasury benches, the other side will not, at least until the next electoral contest.

Unsurprisingly, journalism will continue to support one side or the other, either above the surface, as the Economist does globally, or submerged, as a blogger might anonymously.

Journalism has never been objective and it will never be, despite the yearnings of some on the progressive side for there to be a “balance”.

Consequently, a variety of partisan opinions have surfaced since News Limited published a story in The Australian on Monday “outing” an anonymous blogger.

The blogger - Grog’s Gamut revealed as Greg Jericho, a federal public servant - had remained anonymous for two years, tweeting and publishing to the point where it was claimed that he influenced ABC election coverage.


The journalist given space to reveal the identity of Mr Jericho was James Massola.

Publication of his revelation on Monday livened up The Australian end of the twitterverse, a politically moribund space since the end of the election campaign.

In its enthusiasm Twitter provided The Australian newspaper with additional space the following day to continue the yarn - using two interesting but time-worn angles.

  1. Pages:
  2. Page 1
  3. 2
  4. 3
  5. All

Discuss in our Forums

See what other readers are saying about this article!

Click here to read & post comments.

9 posts so far.

Share this:
reddit this reddit thisbookmark with Del.icio.usdigg thisseed newsvineSeed NewsvineStumbleUpon StumbleUponsubmit to propellerkwoff it

About the Author

Richard Stanton is a political communication writer and media critic. His most recent book is Do What They Like: The Media In The Australian Election Campaign 2010.

Other articles by this Author

All articles by Richard Stanton

Creative Commons LicenseThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons License.

Article Tools
Comment 9 comments
Print Printable version
Subscribe Subscribe
Email Email a friend

About Us Search Discuss Feedback Legals Privacy