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May 25, 2012

Denmore outs himself, puts face to Failed Estate

Popular sharp-toothed Australian blogger "Mr Denmore" has outed himself ahead of an appearance at a media seminar next week.


Since August 2010, Australian media blog The Failed Estate has housed caustic and often slashingly well-written commentaries on contemporary journalism from a writer known only as “Mr Denmore”. The blog has grown in popularity, built a stable of loyal readers and this year was listed as a finalist for the Sydney Writers’ Centre’s Best Australian Blogs awards.

This week Denmore outed himself as Jim Parker, a “former financial journalist and now corporate communications flak” who hung up his cape as a journo in 2006 after spending six years with The Australian Financial Review and 26 years in journalism in total. “I’m neither a public servant nor an academic, so those loyal foot soldiers of Rupert can’t pin those particular hate crimes on me,” wrote Parker on Wednesday.

He says he operated under a pseudonym “not because I was evading scrutiny but because I needed to keep (and still do) my blogging persona separate from my professional persona”.

The sharp-toothed blogger, no stranger to an anti-MSM diatribe, revealed himself ahead of a seminar next week in which he will speak alongside Finkelstein inquiry assistant Professor Matt Ricketson and digital media expert Craig Thomler.


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3 thoughts on “Denmore outs himself, puts face to Failed Estate

  1. Sancho

    Oh. And here I was, under the impression that the blog was really run by a Mr Denmore.

    Who’s the dashing chap in the bottom right of the blog page, then?

  2. Mr Denmore

    Sancho, the dashing chap is Michael Joseph Savage- Victorian-born prime minister of NZ coming out of the Great Depression and into WW2, the Kiwi Curtin.

  3. david mckinnon

    It’s a bit like finding out the truth about “the Stig” I don’t know whether the knowledge makes me happier for being better informed or disappointed that the “persona” has been unveiled.

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