Welcome to Australia’s Worst Journalist

The public and more particularly, the subject of a journalist’s diatribe, have very few courses open to them to express their disagreement or displeasure with the article published in widely read publications, and then remaining on the internet for an indeterminate period. This website has been set up to attempt to rectify this imbalance, and allow members of the public to vent their views.

Journalists are required to comply with a code of ethics, but in almost every case reported below, the journalist has breached this code in one or more ways by deliberately publishing factual errors, to which no named source is attributed, fabricating matters and being blatantly dishonest, being totally unbalanced and unfair when they have been given the true facts from their subject, but fail to publish these as an answer to the journalist’s point of view.

In addition, many plagiarise the views of others so that the same factual errors are perpetuated.


Australia’s Worst – 2014

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Worst Journalist Awards 2014 (closes 5/09/15)

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Worst Publisher Awards 2014 (closes 5/09/15)

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Paul Toohey : Herald Sun : King Of The Sewer Rats

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Paul Toohey, Journalist

Herald Sun, News Corporation ASX:NWS, December 14, 2014

 

KING OF THE SEWER RATS – PAUL TOOHEY

Many of the previous nominees are purveyors of gutter journalism and can best be described as gutter rats.
There is now a number of media contributors whose work is so evil, full of lies and fabrications with no attention to the truth and failing any efforts of due diligence.  PAUL TOOHEY is such a person

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Australia’s Worst – 2013

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Worst Journalist Awards 2013 (closes 30/04/14)

  • Ben Butler, The Age (33%, 55 Votes)
  • Derryn Hinch, 3AW Radio (17%, 29 Votes)
  • Paul Barry, Random House Australia (11%, 19 Votes)
  • Ben Sandilands, Crikey (6%, 10 Votes)
  • Siobhan Duck, Herald Sun (5%, 9 Votes)
  • Suzanne Carbone, The Age (5%, 8 Votes)
  • Dianne Butler, news.com.au (5%, 8 Votes)
  • Andrew Hornery, Sydney Morning Herald (4%, 7 Votes)
  • Annette Sharp, Daily Telegraph (4%, 7 Votes)
  • Jill Singer, Herald Sun (4%, 6 Votes)
  • Emma Nolan, TV WEEK (3%, 5 Votes)
  • Adam Shand, Triple M / Wikipedia Editor / Freelancer (3%, 5 Votes)
  • Richard Hinds, Sydney Morning Herald (2%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 169

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Worst Publisher Awards 2013 (closes 30/04/14)

  • The Age (27%, 36 Votes)
  • The Daily Telegraph (13%, 17 Votes)
  • Today Tonight (12%, 16 Votes)
  • A Current Affair (12%, 16 Votes)
  • Herald Sun (10%, 14 Votes)
  • The Australian (10%, 13 Votes)
  • Sydney Morning Herald (6%, 8 Votes)
  • Crikey (6%, 8 Votes)
  • Random House Australia (3%, 4 Votes)
  • 3AW (2%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 134

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Chris Vedelago : The Age : Chris Vedelago does a Ben Butler

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Chris Vedelago, embryonic Journalist (failed)

The Age, Fairfax Media ASX:FXJ, Apr 29, 2013

Working for The Age must be so difficult and unrewarding these days that staff such as Chris Vedelago have to stoop to either plagiarising untruths, misinformation, and other erroneous ideas from Ben Butler or have become hell bent on furthering and adding to the January 2013 notion of a ‘butlerism’.

Dr Edelsten submits the following letter (see transcript below)

pdf PDF: Email from Geoffrey Edelsten to Chris Vedelago

 

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Ben Butler : The Age : Doing a Ben Butler

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Ben Butler, Journalist

The Age, Fairfax Media ASX:FXJ, Nov 30, 2012 and Dec 10, 2012

Ben Butler Synopsis : Journalistic Failure

  • Poor to very poor quality journalist formerly employed by the Herald Sun.
  • The better articles attributed to Butler were in fact written by other journalist(s) as Butler was not trusted.
  • Sad winner of the 2009 Australia’s Worst Journalist award.
  • News Limited must have been very pleased when they parted ways with Butler, ie. sacked.

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Adam Shand : National Personal Insolvency Index

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Adam Shand, Ex-Presenter/Ex-Journalist

Adam Shand – Ex-Presenter/Ex-Journalist

Freelance

National Personal Insolvency Index

 

pdf PDF: National Personal Insolvency Index, Paul Joseph O’Callaghan

 

Main was the major protaganist in Shand’s article, who uses a fraudulent name and date of birth.  His real name is Paul O’Callaghan, and evidence is at hand of him causing the demise of many innocent people.  He sold to Edelsten the Intellectual Property and water collection device, which are owned by his Trustee in Bankruptcy, and Main has committed numerous offences against the Bankruptcy Act which have been referred to the Australian Federal Police.  Adam Shand is being sued for defamation.”
Adam Shand is again nominated, as this article is regarded as the worst incidence of lying, fabrication, dishonesty, unethical and defamatory journalism ever bought to our attention.  Even his peers are critical of his type of journalism.

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Adam Shand : Letter From Pitcher Partners on Bankruptcy

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Adam Shand, Ex-Presenter/Ex-Journalist

Adam Shand – Ex-Presenter/Ex-Journalist

Freelance

Letter From Pitcher Partners on Bankruptcy

 

pdf PDF: Letter from Pitcher Partners re the bankruptcy

 

Main was the major protaganist in Shand’s article, who uses a fraudulent name and date of birth.  His real name is Paul O’Callaghan, and evidence is at hand of him causing the demise of many innocent people.  He sold to Edelsten the Intellectual Property and water collection device, which are owned by his Trustee in Bankruptcy, and Main has committed numerous offences against the Bankruptcy Act which have been referred to the Australian Federal Police.  Adam Shand is being sued for defamation.”
Adam Shand is again nominated, as this article is regarded as the worst incidence of lying, fabrication, dishonesty, unethical and defamatory journalism ever bought to our attention.  Even his peers are critical of his type of journalism.

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Ben Sandilands : Crikey : A Cocky Writer, Plagiarist, Venomous, Sarcastic, Hardly A Journalist

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Crikey, Private Media Partners

Ben Sandilands, Crikey, Private Media Partners

Ben Sandilands, Journalist

Crikey, Private Media Partners (Owner: Eric Beecher), Dec 29, 2011

We welcome the new Year with superb nominations for Australia’s Worst Journalist, and the worst publisher.

Ben Sandilands excels as one of the most deserving nominees.  He falsely claims to be an expert in Aviation, but it is truly limited to the principle of rocket science.  Hot air – blown through his rear with faecal matter, which then forms the basis of Crikey the most sarcastic i-net publication which has no integrity, respect for the truth and is without credit seeing its sole purpose is to denigrate individuals regardless of the blatant falsities.

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James Frost : The Australian : A Late Entry into Australia’s Worst Journalist Awards 2011

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James Frost, Journalist

The Australian, News Corporation ASX:NWS, Dec 29, 2011

A late but compelling entry for AWJ 2011 has come in. The so called “business journalist” James Frost at The Australian recently contacted one of our contributors for an interview with the intention to write a story to be published in The Australian newspaper. The terms and subject matter of the interview were agreed, points of order for the article were researched by James Frost and agreed to. From all accounts the interview went well.

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Jill Singer : Herald Sun : NOT A SINGER, A VENOMOUS CANE TOAD

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Jill Singer, Journalist

Herald Sun, News Corporation ASX:NWS, Nov 30, 2011

Jill Singer has authored an article on Page 35, Herald Sun, November 30 which holds Dr Geoffrey Edelsten up to ridicule and contempt, and is in fact defamatory.  Singer does not know the Dr and her article is based upon media material which has not been properly researched, if at all.

Her effort is disgraceful, and her vitriol and sarcasm based on complete untruths has caused her to be voted one of Australia’s Worst Journalists, see Australia’s Worst Journalist Awards 2009 and Australia’s Worst Journalist Awards 2010.

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Australia’s Worst – 2009

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Worst Journalist Awards 2009 (closes 28/2/10)

  • Ben Butler - HS (46%, 321 Votes)
  • Kate McClymont - SMH (33%, 235 Votes)
  • Jill Singer - HS (10%, 73 Votes)
  • news.com.au (5%, 37 Votes)
  • Adam Shand - ACA (3%, 21 Votes)
  • Nick Coe - ACA (1%, 10 Votes)
  • Paul Barry - RHA (1%, 9 Votes)
  • Annette Sharp - TDT (1%, 8 Votes)
  • Nick Tabakoff - TDT (1%, 6 Votes)
  • Richard Hinds - SMH (1%, 6 Votes)
  • Andrew Hornery - SMH (0%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 703

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Worst Publisher Awards 2009 (closes 28/2/10)

  • A Current Affair (31%, 56 Votes)
  • Herald Sun (24%, 43 Votes)
  • Sydney Morning Herald (20%, 36 Votes)
  • The Daily Telegraph (13%, 24 Votes)
  • The Age (11%, 20 Votes)
  • 3AW (6%, 11 Votes)
  • Random House Australia (2%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 182

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Australia’s Worst – 2012

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Worst Journalist Awards 2012 (closes 28/2/13)

  • Kate McClymont, Sydney Morning Herald (48%, 193 Votes)
  • Adam Shand, Triple M / Wikipedia Editor / Freelancer (12%, 48 Votes)
  • Suzanne Carbone, The Age (6%, 22 Votes)
  • Andrew Hornery, Sydney Morning Herald (5%, 20 Votes)
  • Richard Hinds, Sydney Morning Herald (5%, 19 Votes)
  • Siobhan Duck, Herald Sun (3%, 12 Votes)
  • Jill Singer, Herald Sun (3%, 11 Votes)
  • Derryn Hinch, 3AW Radio (3%, 11 Votes)
  • Annette Sharp, Daily Telegraph (3%, 10 Votes)
  • Ben Sandilands, Crikey (3%, 10 Votes)
  • Ben Butler, The Age (3%, 10 Votes)
  • Paul Barry, Random House Australia (2%, 9 Votes)
  • Nick Coe, A Current Affair (2%, 8 Votes)
  • Fiona Byrne, Herald Sun (2%, 7 Votes)
  • Dianne Butler, news.com.au (1%, 5 Votes)
  • Karl Quinn, The Age (1%, 4 Votes)
  • Nick Tabakoff, Daily Telegraph (1%, 3 Votes)
  • Emma Nolan, TV WEEK (1%, 3 Votes)
  • Lawrence Money, The Age (1%, 2 Votes)
  • James Frost, The Australian (1%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 399

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Worst Publisher Awards 2012 (closes 28/2/13)

  • Sydney Morning Herald (45%, 64 Votes)
  • Herald Sun (14%, 20 Votes)
  • The Daily Telegraph (9%, 13 Votes)
  • Today Tonight (6%, 9 Votes)
  • A Current Affair (6%, 9 Votes)
  • Crikey (5%, 7 Votes)
  • The Australian (5%, 7 Votes)
  • The Age (4%, 6 Votes)
  • news.com.au (3%, 4 Votes)
  • TV WEEK (1%, 2 Votes)
  • 3AW (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Random House Australia (1%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 141

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Australia’s Worst – 2011

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Worst Journalist Awards 2011 (closes 28/2/12)

  • Jill Singer, Herald Sun (77%, 449 Votes)
  • Andrew Hornery, Sydney Morning Herald (9%, 52 Votes)
  • Adam Shand, Triple M / Wikipedia Editor / Freelancer (3%, 15 Votes)
  • Derryn Hinch, 3AW Radio (2%, 13 Votes)
  • James Frost, The Australian (2%, 11 Votes)
  • Ben Sandilands, Crikey (2%, 11 Votes)
  • Richard Hinds, Sydney Morning Herald (2%, 11 Votes)
  • Ben Butler, The Age (2%, 9 Votes)
  • Kate McClymont, Sydney Morning Herald (1%, 6 Votes)
  • Nick Coe, A Current Affair (1%, 5 Votes)
  • Annette Sharp, Daily Telegraph (1%, 3 Votes)
  • Paul Barry, Random House Australia (1%, 3 Votes)
  • Lawrence Money, The Age (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Nick Tabakoff, Daily Telegraph (0%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 584

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Worst Publisher Awards 2011 (closes 28/2/12)

  • Herald Sun (74%, 187 Votes)
  • Today Tonight (8%, 21 Votes)
  • Sydney Morning Herald (4%, 9 Votes)
  • A Current Affair (4%, 9 Votes)
  • Crikey (4%, 9 Votes)
  • The Australian (3%, 8 Votes)
  • The Age (2%, 6 Votes)
  • The Daily Telegraph (2%, 4 Votes)
  • Random House Australia (0%, 1 Votes)
  • 3AW (0%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 253

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Australia’s Worst – 2010

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Worst Journalist Awards 2010 (closes 31/5/11)

  • Annette Sharp - TDT (33%, 121 Votes)
  • Kate McClymont - SMH (15%, 54 Votes)
  • Ben Butler - TA (15%, 54 Votes)
  • Nick Tabakoff - TDT (14%, 52 Votes)
  • Adam Shand - Freelancer (6%, 23 Votes)
  • Jill Singer - HS (6%, 21 Votes)
  • Derryn Hinch - 3AW (5%, 18 Votes)
  • Richard Hinds - SMH (4%, 16 Votes)
  • Nick Coe - ACA (2%, 8 Votes)
  • Andrew Hornery - SMH (2%, 6 Votes)
  • Paul Barry - RHA (1%, 4 Votes)
  • Lawrence Money - TA (1%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 368

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Worst Publisher Awards 2010 (closes 31/5/11)

  • A Current Affair (31%, 45 Votes)
  • The Daily Telegraph (31%, 45 Votes)
  • The Age (17%, 25 Votes)
  • Herald Sun (8%, 12 Votes)
  • Sydney Morning Herald (7%, 10 Votes)
  • 3AW (4%, 6 Votes)
  • Random House Australia (1%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 143

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Adam Shand : A Current Affair : Update, Wikipedia Freelance

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Adam Shand, Ex-Presenter/Ex-Journalist and Freelance

A Current Affair, Nine Network (CEO: David Gyngell), Nine Entertainment Co. (Chairman: Peter Bush), CVC Capital Partners Limited (Partner and Group Finance Director: Mark Grizzelle)

UPDATE 3: Adam Shand has featured as a leader in Australia’s Worst Journalists.

In order to counteract all the truth, he has had a Wikipedia entry manufactured, which is untruthful and attempts to mislead and be deceptive.

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Ben Butler : The Age : Update

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Ben Butler, Journalist

The Age, Fairfax Media ASX:FXJ, Jan 4, 2011

Ben Butler, Australia’s Worst Journalist in 2009 is again, nay still, Australia’s Worst Journalist.

How Paul Ramadge, The Age’s Editor-in-Chief, can allow every article written by this misleading and deceptive employee go to print, when its major aim is to try to cause unwarranted damage to a company and people even remotely related to it.

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Paul Barry : Random House Australia : A FAILURE YET AGAIN

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Paul Barry, Author

Random House Australia, (CEO: Dame Gail Rebuck), Oct, 2009

“Who wants to be a billionaire? The James Packer Story”

…Barry delights in writing what he perceives as others’ failures

As a journalist and author he has been mediocre at best. His contributions to television have been abject failures. His ugly smirk never endeared him to TV audiences, and the powers that be quickly ensured his demise as a reporter.

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Adam Shand and Nick Coe : A Current Affair : Deliberately Deceiving

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Nick Coe, A Current Affair, Nine Network

Adam Shand, Presenter

Nick Coe, Producer

A Current Affair, Nine Network (CEO: David Gyngell), Nine Entertainment Co. (Chairman: Peter Bush), CVC Capital Partners Limited (Partner and Group Finance Director: Mark Grizzelle), 26 August, 2009

The poor standards of journalistic integrity are best represented by “A Current Affair”. They try to sensationalise their stories by deliberately deceiving anyone who may help them achieve their aims. The journalist and the producer share the blame.

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Ben Butler : Herald Sun : Appalling Lack of Any Business Knowledge

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Ben Butler, Journalist

Herald Sun, News Corporation ASX:NWS, 23 September, 2009

 

Herald Sun – 24 September, 2009 (repeat)

The title ‘business affairs editor” appears under his name, but his articles display an appalling lack of any business knowledge. There is no doubt that despite his ability to confirm a proposed story as being factual, he is not disposed to do so. This allows him to write a story embellished with incorrect facts, and worsened by ommission of explanations, which instantaneously destroys the foundation of the story.

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