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Sincere flattery from the Canberra Times

By johnboy - 11 September 2012 25

In recent months it’s been intriguing to see the Canberra Times try to re-invent ageing warhorse Ian Warden as a sort of low-rent Johnboy.

But this morning’s excited piece of forced whimsy really brought on the deja vu.

A pity really that our piece from last year is rather better looking in my humble opinion.

We have been talking to an Octocopter crew and should have something rather special for you if the Floriade people will reply to recent correspondence.

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Sincere flattery from the Canberra Times
LSWCHP 5:39 pm 11 Sep 12

poetix said :

CrocodileGandhi said :

“low-rent Johnboy” sounds like some kind of awful euphemism.

My thought was ‘tautology’.

Ohhh…that’s harsh. lease keep it up. 🙂

Little_Green_Bag 5:36 pm 11 Sep 12

“Sincere flattery”?

Media Watch might call it plagiarism.

SnapperJack 5:30 pm 11 Sep 12

Myles Peterson said :

Ironic that Crimes should sack their literary and science writers and keep Mr Fluffy on.

Gia Metherell was a union rep, successfully raised Alliance representation dramatically and won a wages battle. Rossyln Beeby was one of the hardest working journos who always stuck to her guns and took no s*** from management. Held enormous respect for both of them.

I’m told Warden is mates with the Editor. Dunno, left before he arrived.

Link your own dots.

The slab-faced, raven haired Rosslyn Beeby – who wrote endless drivel about climate change and was given an entire page in the Sunday edition in the leadup to the last federal election to campaign for The Greens – has been sacked?

Glory hallelujah! There is a God after all.

c_c 5:20 pm 11 Sep 12

Myles Peterson said :

Ironic that Crimes should sack their literary and science writers and keep Mr Fluffy on.

Gia Metherell was a union rep, successfully raised Alliance representation dramatically and won a wages battle. Rossyln Beeby was one of the hardest working journos who always stuck to her guns and took no s*** from management. Held enormous respect for both of them.

I’m told Warden is mates with the Editor. Dunno, left before he arrived.

Link your own dots.

Yep, that sounds about right.

What makes it ironic is that the literature journalist’s job is to write about and explore great writing.
And the science writer’s job is to bring sometimes huge and difficult to understand subjects to people in an approachable and concise way.

What Warden does is present poor writing, and makes the simplest of topics verbose and unapproachable, yet he has a job.

Just goes to show, it’s not how good you are but who you know.

Conan of Cooma 4:54 pm 11 Sep 12

Low-rent Johnboy… There’s a high rent one?

Myles Peterson 4:15 pm 11 Sep 12

Ironic that Crimes should sack their literary and science writers and keep Mr Fluffy on.

Gia Metherell was a union rep, successfully raised Alliance representation dramatically and won a wages battle. Rossyln Beeby was one of the hardest working journos who always stuck to her guns and took no s*** from management. Held enormous respect for both of them.

I’m told Warden is mates with the Editor. Dunno, left before he arrived.

Link your own dots.

astrojax 3:57 pm 11 Sep 12

martyo said :

“Like a sleeping giant, one wearing very brightly coloured pyjamas, Floriade lay slumbering yesterday” – Pulitzer material right there!

t’is a pity mssr warden isn’t resident in the good ol’ you ess of eh? [which is where pulitzer journalism winners must write] where we might be spared his verbosity and awful faux poetry…

p1 3:34 pm 11 Sep 12

Truthiness said :

Given the readership they’re hemorrhaging to the net, What is there left for the papers left to do except imitate forums and blogs?

Well, they could start by copying the main thing that the blags have – a usable website.

Truthiness 3:21 pm 11 Sep 12

Given the readership they’re hemorrhaging to the net, What is there left for the papers left to do except imitate forums and blogs?

poetix 2:39 pm 11 Sep 12

CrocodileGandhi said :

“low-rent Johnboy” sounds like some kind of awful euphemism.

My thought was ‘tautology’.

c_c 2:34 pm 11 Sep 12

Ian Warden’s writing is woeful. Which isn’t to say he can’t write, only that he doesn’t seem to have any comprehension for clarity and succinctness which undermines every piece he does. Every article is written with lashings of over descriptive padding and wannabe epic imagery that makes me think he’d be happier writing official war history in Helmand than covering the local issues.

Ironic that Crimes should sack their literary and science writers and keep Mr Fluffy on.

breda 2:07 pm 11 Sep 12

It might have been amusing if the Crimes had Ian Warden and the old RSL warhorse, Bruce Ruxton, as competing columnists. Now that Ruxton has joined the Eternal Flame in the sky, it’s a bit like sweet and sour with only one half of the equation. Unpalatable.

I assume he doesn’t cost much, but his Facebook-like ramblings are just another symptom of the steady decline of what was once a newspaper that every important organisation in the country had a subscription to.

CrocodileGandhi 2:07 pm 11 Sep 12

“low-rent Johnboy” sounds like some kind of awful euphemism.

Affirmative Action M 1:44 pm 11 Sep 12

You wonder why they let Warden keep writing. Why doesn’t he go & get a job at Bunnings & stop annoying CT readers.

martyo 1:40 pm 11 Sep 12

“Like a sleeping giant, one wearing very brightly coloured pyjamas, Floriade lay slumbering yesterday” – Pulitzer material right there!

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