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.

Luke Buckmaster — Writer, Critic and The Daily Review Journalist

Luke Buckmaster

Writer, Critic and The Daily Review Journalist

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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