Andrew Gilligan is one ex-BBC journalist I have a lot of time for. He started off as a rather left of centre commentator who had his life changing baptism late on in his career when, as a journalist on BBC’s Radio 4, he reported on The Today Programme that a British government briefing paper on Iraq and weapons of mass destruction (the September Dossier) had been ‘sexed up’. His report was based on a private meeting (undisclosed in his report) with respected scientist, former UN weapons inspector, and current UK Ministry of Defence weapons inspector Dr David Kelly. Continue reading
The nice Guardian review of his new book just wasn’t enough for author RJ Ellory. Amazon users Jelly Bean and Nicodemus Jones reviewed his A Quiet Belief in Angels online as “truly a modern masterpiece” and Ellory himself as “one of the most talented authors of today” – except Mr Bean (sic) and Mr Jones were later outed as indeed Mr Ellory.
Pseudonymous reviews, known in the media as “sock puppets” where the author reviews his own work, TripAdvisor thrashings, restaurant eulogies on the internet are viewed more and more with scepticism by the discerning public. Continue reading