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Blogger-outing journo: Grog’s Gamut was tweeting during work time

James Massola, The Australian’s journalist who yesterday outed political blogger Grog’s Gamut, has defended his story, saying one of the issues was Greg Jericho being on Twitter during the working day.  

Massola revealed that Jericho worked at the film section of the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts.

Yesterday’s unmasking drew a major backlash against The Australian on Twitter.

This morning, Massola wrote:

“Jericho blogged as a hobby outside work hours. But he sent literally hundreds of partisan political tweets out, during work hours, many of which were ad hominem attacks on the side of politics he did not agree with.

“Is this, of itself, inexcusable? No. But nor is it appropriate. Jericho’s decision to “live blog” the Media 140 conference (was it a sick day, a day in lieu, annual leave, did he clear it with his supervisor?) made my mind up.”

Massola said that he hoped that Jericho would continue blogging.

Update: This morning, Jericho posted: “for the record I took a day’s annual leave to attend media140.”

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