Jacksonville McJournalism

By | | comments |

In Jacksonville, when certain journalists are proven utterly wrong and totally unfair, they don't apologise or correct the record – they don't even miss a beat – they just keep on smearing. Peter Wicks reports.

Fairfax "investigative journalist" Kate McClymont[/caption]

It seems in the eyes of some in the mainstream media, helping the police is a bad thing. In fact, doing anything to help expose wrongdoing is seen as an act of complete and utter betrayal.

Unless you are Kathy Jackson, that is, then it is heroic.

This morning's article in the Fairfax media from Kate McClymont portrays a couple who have been completely open with the police in a light that is less than favourable ― presumably because that's more convenient than admitting she has been wrong and unfair in several previous articles about the pair. The truth is, McClymont's article is utterly disgusting, especially considering it comes from a journalist considered knowledgeable on the HSU matters.

A little about the Gillelands, from someone who has bothered to find out.

The Gilleland’s, as McClymont does correctly report, were a supplier of printing services to the HSU ― supplying, amongst other things, the Union magazine. These services were never put out to tender by the Union, as reported ― but that does not necessarily make them underhanded or improper as was clearly insinuated in the article.

The services Communigraphix performed involved large volume printing and mail-outs, and as such they were paid “handsomely” ― however they also had handsome expenses. In fact, when contracted to perform these services, the Gilleland’s were paid so handsomely that they were the cheapest quote received for the work performed. Something that seems to have strangely been left out in the Fairfax report ― along with any semblance of balance.

Communigraphix performed a service which produced something tangible ― something the Union members (remember them) could hold and read. This sets them apart from other services that also did not go through a tender process, but never actually produced anything, yet were paid incredibly handsomely. Companies like Neranto Number 10 and Koukouvaos Consulting, both owned by Kathy Jackson, received vast amounts of member’s money for doing seemingly nothing, while Kathy also received a hefty wage from members at the same time. Some would call that double dipping; for Kathy, it appears to be business as usual.

[caption id="attachment_26206" align="alignnone" width="494"] The HSU magazine (not newsletter).

The Gillelands, who have been subject to financial stress, as a result of invoices that have yet to be paid by the HSU, have had a tough time in the press.

Over the last 18 months, they have had their property raided on the basis of misinformation and a concocted conversation. They have also been smeared all over the press just for being a HSU supplier; this has, in turn destroyed their business. Their legal bills have continued to mount while they try and avoid calls from journalists who are seem interested only in smearing them.

In summary, the Gilleland’s provided legitimate services to the Union and, as a direct result of speaking out about the misuse of members' funds, had their services drastically cut back by Michael Williamson. Other companies have profited from Communigraphix's loss, also without going to tender ― however we are not seeing them treated in the same manner.

I question why after a year of insinuating that this couple have been up to no good with Williamson, who was just last week accused by this same "journalist" of acting under Williamson's instruction to hinder police, the press aren’t now singing their praises upon finding out the opposite.

Michael Williamson

I don’t think there is a “handsome” enough payment for what these people have endured; their involvement with the HSU has left them totally devastated and destroyed their professional lives. These people are not exceedingly wealthy, they do not own combined properties worth over $3 million as the Jacksons do. These are regular people, with a mortgage, who were unlucky enough to provide a service to the wrong client.

I wonder what it takes to get favourable press coverage these days. It seems that when assumptions were being made, based on nothing but hearsay, that this pair were helping Williamson, that was bad. Now it seems they were not, and were actually helping the members and police, but somehow that is also bad?

At what point can these people do something right? Have I missed something? The article in the Fairfax press today sends a message to anybody who ever wants to help police, or distance themselves from criminal acts, they will be smeared from pillar to gatepost by the press.

The next time police choose someone to trust when putting information out there, and giving the heads up to on upcoming police raids, as they have reportedly done recently, I hope they remember who runs articles that actively deter people from co-operating with them.

The attitude of the press in relation to this family has been a disgrace.

They wouldn’t recognise a real whistleblower if they fell over one, instead they’d rather promote the jaundiced opinions of a turncoat.

I hope they've learnt something, but I won’t hold my breath.

Creative Commons Licence
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Australia License
Recent articles by Peter Wicks
Labor faction fails to promote gender equality in politics

Equality is something every employer should strive for and our Federal Parliament ...  
The plight of political staffers in Australian parliaments

All the major political parties must lift their game and treat political staffers ...  
A subsidy a day keeps the farmer in play

If Australia has an over-subsidised industry sector, it sure isn't the renewable ...  
Join the conversation
comments powered by Disqus

Support IAIndependent Australia

Subscribe to IA and investigate Australia today.

Close Subscribe Donate