Monday, April 12, 2010

Pure Poison for Crikey

Crikey's aptly named Pure Poison subsidiary – pure poison for Crikey – was an unwise attempt to take GrodsCorp mainstream. Originally written by Jeremy Sear, Scott Bridges and Ant Rogenous, Pure Poison was in trouble from the outset.

Having been bested by Tim Blair, the Pure Poison crew, aided by GrodsCorp mate John Surname, applied their superior investigative skills to "discover" that Blair was posting all over the Internet using an assumed name. This "deception" was duly reported by Ant Rogenous in a Pure poison post.

Unfortunately for the Pure Poison crew, the allegations of Blair sock-puppetry were wrong, so the original post was pulled and a half-hearted apology issued – the almost apology was also eventually withdrawn.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Blair sought legal advice and eventually sought redress through the courts. Crikey has now apologised unreservedly to Blair. I'll leave readers to work out who paid whose legal bills and if any compensatory damages changed hands.


Anonymous Asian reader looking for relevant blog posts said...

Thirteen months of immeasurable hurt. Blogosphere's biggest sook.

7:40 PM  
Anonymous Iain's; stalker said...

You must have quite a collection of photos saved from blogs, Iain. Are you a stalker?

3:44 PM  
Anonymous WB said...

Hey Beck didya read this article recently about Private Media and how wealthy they are and what a success it's all been.

My favorite quote is this:
Beecher said there had not been one writ in the past five years, and Crikey took its approach to accuracy and defamation "very seriously".

And he was right, darnit. Within 3 weeks of that piece they got sued and within a week they were begging for it to be over cos they had no defence.

5:41 PM  
Anonymous WB+TB4EVS said...

It's WB, Tim "Glass Jawed" Blair's girlfriend, defending him again! Isn't it nice that you let him hide behind your skirt, Nadia.

3:52 AM  
Anonymous Groddy said...

Yeah like the way Keri leaps to Jezza's defence anytime anyone has a go at the twerp. However I don't think Keri wears skirts too often

4:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So just curious, WB - were there legal threats made to other, independent bloggers, or just to Private Media? Were any independent blogs silenced by Blair's legal threats?

10:03 AM  
Anonymous Nic said...

Here they come, as Keating once said, like a dog returning to its own vomit. Now we have the snipes, the allegations of innocents being 'silenced' and of victimisation. Just cop it and move on.

10:09 AM  

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