The Australian has taken the line that it was in the public’s interest to know. But now we all know what has changed. Do people feel betrayed by Grog, do people question everything he has written, do we feel he has lied. For me the answer is no, and this is where The Australian has let itself down and betrayed Grog for nothing more than a petty squabble over bragging rights.
Unlike many of the pseudonyms that have been referred to, or hidden leakers and secret “sources”, not one thing changed. People have a name and nothing more. Perhaps if the Australian had thought about this, the fallout wouldn’t be so bad. IMHO the public interest test was failed. All we learned was a name and which department he works for. Everything else is the same. These two “facts” haven’t changed a single thing he wrote.
The Australian did play the man and not the ball. Unlike secret emails from Treasury, or worse anonymous editorials attacking our political process and blatant crankiness that their chosen one didn’t win the election, not one thing changed knowing who he is.
Worse still is the fallout for Grog, who has been forced to defend himself for what has proved to be trumped up nothingness. Sure some people were curious, and perhaps his name should have come out, but there are ways and means. Perhaps it would have come out in time anyway. But then what did it matter, when a blogger writes they have to defend themselves on their writing, not on the masthead.
It was Grog’s writing that drew people in. Sure people agreed with him and yet people also disagreed with him. His blog gave people an open platform to disagree and to a name. That name may not have been real, but it was still him and he would still have to defend his words.
It’s funny how Mark Scott took his words to heart and looked at what the ABC was doing, not treating him as a threat. The Australian, doesn’t take the critics well and instead of addressing them gave us a story that didn’t change a thing.
That is the crux, it was a non story, but a non story that will have ramifications for Grog and for media as a whole.
Grog won’t be the last to be outed, but I am sure The Australian isn’t going to like when the bloggers fight back, which they will.
And yes my name is Wolf 🙂