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Jan 22, 2013

Apology to The Global Mail

On January 22, 2013 Crikey published an article under the headline: "Fear and loathing at The Global Mail: what went so wrong?" The article made criticisms about 

Matthew Knott

Former Crikey media reporter

On January 22, 2013 Crikey published an article under the headline: "Fear and loathing at The Global Mail: what went so wrong?" The article made criticisms about The Global Mail's management and its treatment of staff. Crikey now accepts that our report incorrectly asserted that the journalists' union was liaising with Global Mail staff at the time of publication about taking a case to Fair Work Australia. Moreover, it was not Crikey's intention to reflect adversely on the professionalism or qualifications of Global Mail management or staff members. Crikey regrets the hurt and damage caused by our reports, and apologises to The Global Mail and its staff.

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  1. warwick fry

    I do take exception to the inclusion of Nick Olle as a reliable journalist on Latin American issues. Most of his stuff I have read was ill-informed spin-doctoring of anti- Chavez propanda.

  2. Robert Merkel

    While there are always going to be good and not-so-good articles published in any journalistic endeavour, I’ve found TGM to be very hit-and-miss.

    For a brand-new media publication, they seem completely ignorant of the work that’s been going on in data journalism. Furthermore, their editorial team doesn’t appear to know much about economics – this piece of innumerate rubbish about HSR is exemplary.

    It’s a shame that so much money has been blown, and personal trauma has been inflicted on many of its staff, to so little effect.

  3. Andrew Chalmers

    “Nick Olle, the site’s former Latin America correspondent now based in Sydney, is Graeme Wood’s stepson.”

    It’s ironic that Graeme Wood condones the treatment of Jess Hill post brain surgery when he was so close to Nick Olle’s father Andrew … who died of a brain tumour.

  4. Mike Flanagan

    It must be a slow news day!!!!
    The professional knavel gazing is getting more intense!

  5. ulysses butterfly

    Basically disagree with the strategic thrust of the story here. While agreeing one should go soft on the people who lost their jobs and hard on the issues.

    My view TGM does quality long form stories with a real indy streak. And indy is what counts.

    Secondly, with the threats to Fairfax ever closer, real democracy does not have the luxury of sledging TGM as a refuge for Fairfax of the 90ies. Indeed we should be so lucky. We need people who are likely to muscle up to the seriously nasty and powerful institutions, not just throw flaming cocktails that make a big noise and fizzle out.

    Thirdly, people getting crunched and losing their jobs is traumatic, no doubt. One has to read down the substance of the critique due to emotion to some degree. For instance evidence of improper behaviour is far more probative than generalised gripes. A sick worker with a brain tumour – that’s tragic but is it really TGM’s role to nurse her back to a gungho (not to mention dangerous) career. I mean might be time to not go back to the middle east what?

    4. Personally I think the side scroll is delightful, not for everyone but still very nice and elegant. Not every browser can read it? Come on, there only about 3 browsers that count.

    5. I don’t put all my chickens in crikey, or new matilda, not by a long shot.

    6. Graeme Wood is great with his public philanthropy. Never met the dude.

  6. andrew.riddle36

    Hey Matthew Knott, while we’re talking about incompetence, do you realise you’ve used several quotes from Jess Hill twice, sometimes as unattributed comments and sometimes attributed to her? Don’t think qthat sort of thing happened much at ’90s Fairfax.

  7. David Hand

    It’s often ugly to watch lefties run a business. Maybe they really believe the caricature they use to describe business is actually true.

    The global Mail’s fundamental problem has been that it ia a narrow preachy left wing editorial straight-jacket. I already subscribe to one of those.

  8. S G

    Hey Matt

    Great yarn today re: TGM. I find it pompous, six weeks behind the news cycle and utterly devoid of insight. Delusions of grandeur.

    Their claimed “traffic spike” in February barely broke the 150,000 visits in a month mark.. far from being substantial. The rest was downhill.

    Anyway – I thought you might be interested in the follow chart – month on month traffic figures from Australia via measurement firm Experian Hitwise.

    See here:

  9. Mike Flanagan

    I am sure I wasn’t the only potential reader of some of the TGM’s efforts to offer alternative views to the MSM, whose browser wasn’t suitable for their platform. I, along with many others, tried and gave it away after repeated unsuccessful attempts
    I suggest David, rather than ideological driven incompetence, it was tech and IT savvy that enabled a fair bit of their demise.
    Never the less we are nationally poorer with any reduction in the hybrid vigour of our fourth estate.

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