Arse Bubble from News Ltd CEO

The CEO of News Limited has emitted an arse bubble against the evils of blogging.

News Limited’s chief executive, John Hartigan, has launched a broadside on bloggers and other online amateurs, arguing they are no substitute for professional journalists.

His attack came as he gave an update on his company’s plan to generate revenue on the internet through charging for content rather than attracting advertising, and hinted at plans to stymie news aggregator sites such as Google’s and Yahoo’s.

In a speech to the National Press Club yesterday, Mr Hartigan attacked sites such as Crikey and Mumbrella for their heavy reliance on the work of newspapers and news wire services, claiming less than 10 per cent of their content was original reporting.

His most scathing attack was reserved for bloggers, who, he said, lacked resources and access to key decision-makers.

“In return for their free content, we pretty much get what we’ve paid for – something of such limited intellectual value as to be barely discernible from massive ignorance,” he said.

He said blogs often gave a platform for “radical sweeping statements unsubstantiated with evidence”.

What an arse! He reckons his organisation is going to own their own content and are currently investigating ways of charging for it. God forbid that News Limited ever uses any of my content. I will not hesitate in billing the suckers for that.

The point he misses is that even though sites may give a platform for “radical sweeping statements unsubstantiated with evidence”, there is in fact a market for that. He just hasn’t worked out how to rape and pillage it yet and that is his frustration. The angry MSM are like a pimp who finds out that their hooker has been giving it away for free.

The other funny thing is that all the MSM organisations out there, though they proclaim hatred of bloggers, are allsetting up their own blogs.