The story of Medialens landing a minor (but much sought-after)
New Statesman column due to the intervention of Medialens
editor David Cromwell's relative/friend, John Pilger, has "gone
viral" according to an Observer article on nepotism.
The report has spread on scores of message boards and social
networking forums, with many comments expressing indignation that
better, more original writers had been overlooked in favour of
Medialens for "not knowing someone famous". Pilger and
Medialens are said to be humiliated by the exposure, and a former
Comment Section editor for the Guardian has now weighed
in, criticising what he alleges are Medialens's "dubious,
name-dropping, hectoring, self-promotional tactics".
The story coincides with another "gone viral" report
on nepotism concerning Max Gogarty, a young Guardian
blogger, and his father, Paul Gogarty, a travel writer for the
Sunday February 17 2008