"There are kernels of legitimate stories in some of The Australian’s long-running campaign on this issue, but evidence has been used selectively, other evidence has been pushed way too far and what is missing is understanding and context. The final result is something warped and dangerous in journalism."I stand by that. And I also said that Overland had done something questionable, and that everyone, not least him and the OPI, would be in a more comfortable position if it had been more publicly and independently investigated. I stand by that, too. Now for The Media section of The Australian, and what it said about me. The author of the piece, Geoff Elliott, did try to contact me over the weekend. I was out of email and mobile phone coverage in a place where, I am glad to say, this storm seemed a long, long way away. The correspondence between Elliott and me can be seen on my blog. The background to this attack is my reporting, first on the so-called Ozleaks case (see here and here) and more recently my long piece for the Crikey email on Thursday. Those who are following this affair are doubtless able to make up their own minds on the rights and wrongs from the wealth of material now on the public record, so I will address only the important inaccuracies in Elliott’s piece. First, I have never been "on the drip" from the OPI. Those pieces of information I have about the OPI investigation have been variously gleaned from what has been said in open court, from those parts of the court file that are open to public access, and from other sources. It’s a dangerous business, saying who your source is NOT. It can narrow the field. But in this case the virulence of the campaign against the OPI, and the way this is being used in that campaign, means that I feel I should say that my sources for the non-public pieces of information Elliott draws attention to were not the OPI, and not the Victoria Police. For more detail, see the blog.
Simons: on the drip from the OPI? Not likely
What’s next in the torrid business of The Australian, the rest of the media, the Victoria Police and the Office of Police Integrity? Cameron Stewart's source may well be charged.