Feb 24, 2011

A step-by-step guide to manufacturing a story, c/o The Oz

This headline appears on page 9 of The Australian today: "Crikey forced to remove fake Abbott story". That was news to us. Let us explain what happened...

Sophie Black

Crikey editor

This headline appears on page 9 of The Australian today: “Crikey forced to remove fake Abbott story”.

We’ve criticised The Oz in the past for its obsession with itself and so we hesitated to write this — but for a lesson in how a story makes it into the front pages of the “The Heart of the Nation”, this one’s worth highlighting. Consider it a community service announcement of sorts.

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52 thoughts on “A step-by-step guide to manufacturing a story, c/o The Oz

  1. Rourke

    Wow. Just wow. If I say “The Australian stands by its record on blowing things out of all proportion, deliberately taking them out of context, and ascribing one person’s views to a whole organisation” do you think your retraction will make Page 11?

  2. Gareth Perkins

    I’d be very interested in what form the retraction will take. Maybe an online poll? They’re fond of them.

    Do you think the Australian was right in promoting freedom of speech in this country?


  3. Jeremy Sear

    Well, really. I expected better of Caroline Overington and The Australian.

  4. Barry 09

    Matthew Franklin likes to read Crikey , its his only way of getting the truth , as the OO is only a Liberal party fan club for the dumb punters. Maybe Crikey could get the OO to remove some of their blog comments ?????????????? I have noticed that NEW Stories on Crikey take about 3 days to turn up as a NEW Story on the rupert rags , except for Rupert’s boys that Phone Hack everbody in the UK or when Abbot opens his mouth ( insert Rascist dog whistle ) and nods for 38 seconds of silence.
    ” The Australian forced to remove fake story about Crikey’s fake story of Abbot “

  5. Holden Back

    I want to see the if the shoe’s on the other foot, too.

    Is News Ltd saying they are editorially responsible for every lunatic comment on the comments pages under their agents provocateurs? Or would that only be if a staff member of another media organisation was misleadingly represented or libelled?

    I won’t hold my breath waiting for an answer.

  6. Barry 09

    Whoops don’t mention “Matthew Franklin ” or the new OO filter kicks in and is waiting moderation ??? or was it the Rupert’s boys Phone hack everybody in the UK ?

  7. Ed

    This achieves nothing. Surely by now the vast majority of Oz readers are predisposed to detest Crikey, so this merely raises awareness of the Oz and results in pageviews, while reaffirming the righteous correctness of the Oz to its readers…

  8. Sam G

    Simply embarrassing for Overington.

  9. Chantal Lewis

    I hope her retraction includes a “x” at the end like her tweets.

  10. shitesherlock

    Crikey, you need to get on with making up that fake Abbott story. Pronto.

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