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of the week - The biggest business story the marketers but someone forgot to tell Online Trading. at the National Australia Bank's Of course, that's not YOUR ABC. Here at Media Watch,

from a meat loaf. we wouldn't know a margin loan Hello, I'm Jonathan Holmes. traitor last week Some of you may well have turned the 'Oscars' on Nine. and skipped us to watch all evening Stayed away from the news of surprise. to maintain that element for the Best Actor award. Hung out through hours of guff its climax, up comes this: But before the evening reached Whenever it's news - plotting an attack. Nine suspects have been accused of Wherever it happens. Whoever it is. you won't miss a thing. Turn to the news where National nine news. It's all you need to know. actually. More than we needed to know, with an Oscar. That's Daniel Day-Lewis, National Nine News. Thanks a lot, kicked their TV sets, But if a few people its Prince Harry scoop unleashed it was nothing to the fury that 'New Idea' this week. on the website of Aussie celeb mag Brit Army was one of hundreds. Phew. The irony is, of course, broke the offending story - that 'New Idea' had been loyally observing - and an embargo the British media

weeks ago. then in the mag itself - First on its website, buried on page 22.

Fortunately for Prince Harry, hardheads in Waziristan it's hard to imagine the Taliban's pouring over 'New Idea'.

We know the British High Commission MI6 didn't. Probably, ASIO didn't. the evidence is that 'New Idea', In fact, and the war in Afghanistan, inhabit parallel universes. 'New Idea' tells us: no-one in the Australian media What's amazed us is that picked up on a worldwide exclusive with nearly 2 million readers. in a magazine the British embargo. And not because of

It's because no-one even noticed. of Sydney's 'Daily Telegraph', As the editor pithily put it: David Penberthy, Matt Drudge - Six weeks later, to Monica Lewinsky - the man who introduced the world on his US website. put the Prince Harry story the story had gone global. Within 24 hours,

the new Drudge report? So will 'New Idea' become Perhaps not. the mag had another huge scoop - Last week, William. this time about Harry's brother, either. But no-one's picked up on that

and you'll see why. Read the story Cheri Scrivener admits: But over the page, "Bondi-babe"

Some wild night! Given that standard,

how would anyone have guessed Afghan adventure was 100% spot-on? that 'New Idea's yarn about Harry's picking up other people's stories. And now to a man who's an expert at who's done great work in the past. Meet David Richards, a journalist

in 'The Bulletin', That series by Richards back in the 1980s, Royal Commission. led to the Painters and Dockers Mr Richards runs his own company - These days, Four Square Media. It owns websites like: Smarthouse, Smarthouse News and Smart Office, on electronic gadgetry with all the latest news that produce it. and the companies by his own account, David Richards, in PR and IT. has made a lot of money a couple of years ago: But, as he put it in a blog written three weeks ago. Stories like this one, for example, you'll have noticed, in one sentence. Two spelling mistakes, It's tricky, writing your own copy. there are no such problems. But in the bulk of the article,

had already written it - Because someone else two days earlier - 'Telegraph' newspaper. on the website of Britain's

for 553 identical words. And so on, and so on, the Smarthouse article When we brought at the 'Telegraph', to Claudine Beaumont's attention she didn't mince her words. Two weeks ago,

This Week In Consumer Electronics - the American website TWICE - had an interesting story. if you're into that sort of thing. Well, it's interesting And David Richards' readers are.

for the rest of the story. And so on, Doug Olenick, TWICE's web editor, for nearly a year. tells us this has been going on

TWICE is not alone. another US website, CE Pro, Back in October last year, on Smarthouse News. was given the Richards' treatment And so on, and so on. on other websites, We've identified 10 articles going back two years, almost verbatim which have been reprinted on a Smarthouse website. under Richards's sole by-line

Media Watch David Richards first told

he has licensing agreements that in most cases other people's material. that allow him to use Well, maybe he has. He even faxed us three of them. cover the websites he's copied from. But of those, two don't seem to And the other one doesn't stack up. CE Pro. That relates to the website of Framingham, Massachusetts. It's owned by EH Publishing undated business agreement David Richards faxed us a 2-page,

between EH Publishing Smarthome magazine. and Four Square Media's Kenneth Moyes, But EH Publishing's president, has told Media Watch didn't pay consistently... that David Richards to Media Watch, Ah, David Richards explained but there's another explanation. into his websites. Someone's been hacking to the problem by his web techs He says he was alerted

on February 14 this year. Well, I guess the mystery hacker the most recent articles - MIGHT have planted been at it? but how long has he or she Since at least March 10, 2006, apparently,

when this article was posted on the PC World website - and appeared, substantially unaltered, on Smarthouse the following day. The publisher of PC World, IDG of Boston, has told Media Watch: David Richards has now confirmed that that story -

and most of the others we've mentioned -

were the work of the mystery hacker.

Well, that should fix it. Long-time Media Watchers may remember the Campbell Reid trophy for plagiarism - motto, "Carpe Verbatim" - created by my predecessor, David Marr. Well, this year we're getting up-to-date with a new award. We're creating the 'Phantom of the Internet' trophy,

to be awarded for the most original explanation for apparent plagiarism. There are other perils for the media in this digital age. Like the ease with which photographs can be altered - sometimes not very well. Last Monday, for example, the Australian National Council on Drugs published a report on binge drinking. The 'Australian' ran a big feature. But the photo looked odd to some of you. A full glass of beer - AND a full bottle? And doesn't the light look a bit funny? You were right. The photo had been digitally altered - but not by 'The Australian'. Pictorial editor tells us:

Well, you can't say fairer than that. No need for an editorial this week, eh, lads? Anyway, we have our own confession to make. Last week, we dealt with a picture on News Limited's website in which a protest banner had been pixelated, on legal advice.

We quoted an email from David Higgins, the website's editor. Unfortunately, this isn't David Higgins.

This is. So who is this? Well, ironically, it's ABC Manager, Tony Rasmussen. We'd featured him the week before, and somehow his pic found its way onto the wrong show. I'm not the only beginner on the Media Watch team this year.

We're learning from our mistakes. Apologies to Messrs Higgins and Rasmussen. Now, here's a thought. If we pixelated all our pictures, we wouldn't have problems like that. That's all from us tonight. More details, as always, on our website. See you next week. Closed captions by CSI

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Good evening. The Government has

announced two plans to ease the

housing crisis. on the eve of what's

expected to be another interest rate

rise. More than a million

rise. More than a million Australians are now spending a third or more of

their income keeping a roof over

their heads. Accommodation is less

affordable than it's ever been.

Today, Kevin Rudd committed $30

million to help councils process

planning applications faster. And

planning applications faster. And he's giving tax breaks to people who

invest in cheap rental property.

invest in cheap rental property. East Timor's President, Jose Ramos Horta,

says he's forgiven the man who tried

to assassinate him. Officials today

released the first images of the

President since rebels attacked him

last month. Mr Ramos Horta is still

in hospital in Darwin where he's had

five operations for gunshot wounds

five operations for gunshot wounds to his chest and lungs. The rebel

his chest and lungs. The rebel leader Alfreido Reinado was killed in Alfreido Reinado was killed in the

attack on the President's home.

attack on the President's home. Japan has released a video showing what it

calls harrassment and terrorism

against one of its whaling ships.

Members of the group Sea Shepherd

Members of the group Sea Shepherd are shown throwing stink bombs at the

'Nishin Maru'. The Japanese whaling

research group says four crew

research group says four crew members were injured. Japan is considering

lodging a diplomatic protest with

Australia because the activists set

sail from an Australian port. The

Federal Government has condemned the

attack. The weather now, warm to hot

for much of the mainland, with a

for much of the mainland, with a much cooler day in Tasmania, a sunny 26

cooler day in Tasmania, a sunny 26 in Sydney. More news in 'Lateline' at 10:30.

THEME MUSIC NARRATOR: In the 1960s the history of the Mafia changed forever when the Sicilian Mob began flooding the United States with an illicit and lethal narcotic.

Heroin. Heroin would turn the Mafia into a global organisation and make them more money than they had ever made before.

But it would also sow the seeds of their own destruction. A battle would rage on the streets between a new breed of ruthless Mafioso and a new kind of policeman

prepared to risk everything to infiltrate the Mafia for the first time. This was a war over billions of dollars, millions of lives, and the future of America itself.

In the late 1960s, drug addiction in the American cities was on the increase and crime was rising. The government was forced to take action. In 1971 President Nixon declared war on drugs.

Just a year later, law enforcement won a major battle by breaking up the Marseilles based heroin racket known as The French Connection. These French laboratories were supplying America with so much of the drug that the bust led to a heroin famine on the streets. What nobody knew was that this success would lead to disaster.

Shutting down The French Connection was indirectly opening the door to something every bit as dangerous. The Sicilian Mafia. In the coming years they would fill the gap in the market and forge a relationship with the most feared Mafioso in America. Carmine Galante. In 1974, two years after The French Connection was busted, Carmine Galante walked out of prison ready to flood America with a new source of heroin and turn the Mafia into a global drugs corporation. Galante was a member of the Mafia family known as the Bonannos.

He had a long history of drug trafficking and an even longer history as a tough guy.

His personality could be summed up by an incident at Lewisburg Prison

where he was serving a sentence for drugs trafficking. During telephone days when inmates line up to use the telephone,

he was in a section which had some of the toughest black inmates you've ever seen. Murderers, strong arm artists, you name it, and he would simply walk to the head of the line,

grab the phone out of some black inmate's hand and said, "Get off the phone." This, surrounded by 200 black guys. No-one dared touch a hair on his head. When he got out of prison, the rumblings that, you know, that you heard on the street,

because a lot of people were scared of him. He was a real tough guy. A little off his rocker and always known as, you know, as a heroin man.

That's what he did. NARRATOR: When Galante got out of prison the Bonannos were in crisis, their leadership either exiled or in prison. Joe Bonanno's son, Bill, is a convicted mobster. He remembers Galante only too well. He had a short fuse. He was abrasive. He had a manner about him that he would never win any popularity contest. And constantly, constantly had a cigar in his mouth, and that's where he got his nickname 'The Cigar'. With no challengers prepared to take on this dangerous man, the Bonannos had their new boss. Galante's top priority was to kick-start the heroin trade. In five short years, he transformed the fortunes of the US Mafia by leading it into an era of multi-billion dollar profits and unparalleled violence. In the '70s, the Bonanno family was known in this, in the Mafia circles, basically as being THE heroin family. I mean, everybody knew they were dealing in heroin.