Not satisfied with sounding off on National Radio and sending abusive e-mails, when caught out, it seems TVNZ journalists rally to each other's aid. Keablog received comments from a number of people (two so far) praising Harrington and deriding Watson. It turns out both commenters have the same address IP: 188.8.131.52.and write under the names 'Whoa' and 'Chris Walsh.'
The IP address is located at the National University of Singapore and on October 25th, Keablog received 26 hits from the National University of Singapore. October 25th was the day on which Sir Humphrey's carried the story of Harington's interview on Nine to Noon. Unfortunately I'm unable to go back and see who visited this site on that day. You might well ask: What's noteworthy about that? Well not too much until you learn where one of TVNZ's investgative journalists just happens to be spending a scolarship year at the University of Singapore. One Charlotte Glenny. Then there is a record of e-mail from Harrington at TVNZ to someone called firstname.lastname@example.org. (Don't ask me how people can track these things down, it's well beyond me!)
Here's the comment thread, including the odd Adolfian interuption.
Chris Walsh »Harrington has a point, an audience and a life.
10.24.05 - 4:57 pm
Whoa - Chill dude, you take things way too seriously! Like I"m not insulting who you are (why the comment above??), and no objective listener of 9 to noon would have drawn the inference that your blog is dubious from Harrington's comments. He mentioned your quote, I didn't pick up on anything else. 10.26.05 - 8:56 pm
AF - Whoa, you don't pick up much then, do you?. Go and listen to the interview again and this time, listen. I know there are some big words but you'll probably be be OK. Look for words like 'appropriated, stolen, went directly to our sources and talent.
Whoa - How derogatory and pathetic. I won't be visiting this blog again so forgoodnesssake don't bother to reply ok =)'
AF - Goodness me!!!!! Exit left stage. Nose in air.
So, Dear Mr Fraser
Would you ask Ms Glenny if she is the originator of the e-mails to Keablog sent by Whoa and Chris Walsh?
If she is, do you consider it is a 'good look' for TVNZ to have it's reporters ganging up to harrass Mr Watson via his blog? In what way do you expect this activity to enhance the value or ratings of your business?
Can you advise, in your opinion, which section of the various Journalistic Codes of Ethics and/or Principles applies to this sort of behaviour?