Dec 18, 2012

Simons: the view from inside an Australian hatchet job

Margaret Simons responds to articles in The Australian today criticising her reporting of the Cameron Stewart/Simon Artz affair in Crikey. She stands by her stories.

Margaret Simons

Journalist, author and director of the Centre for Advanced Journalism

If you take last May’s efforts and today’s crop of stories in The Australian together I now rival Robert Manne in terms of words devoted to attacking me. For those that haven’t seen today’s paper, I’ve been attacked in an editorial, news story, accompanying infographic and the Cut and Paste column over my coverage of the paper’s reporting of Victorian policing issues. Criticising The Oz comes at a price.

I hope people will not lose sight of the fact that the important underlying issue is the impact of media campaigning on police politics. That is much more important than anything I have said or done.

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4 thoughts on “Simons: the view from inside an Australian hatchet job

  1. Will

    The behaviour of the Oz is a national embarrassment reflecting deep-seated narcissistic issues.

  2. paddy

    Margaret, as the quality of your reputation grows, your critics at the Oz appear increasingly shrill.
    Take their bleatings as a badge of honour and accept our thanks for a bloody fine year’s work.

  3. Richard

    good on you margaret. the oz is an utter joke.

  4. Mike Flanagan

    Margaret Simons;
    Your reputation is safe with the Australian. No one reads the Rag, it has far better uses down at the ‘long dump’

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