With his father Newmont Indonesia head Richard Ness exonerated from pollution charges by the Manado Court, blogger Eric Ness is now gunning for New York Times reporter Jane Perlez.Eric and Rick both think that Perlez, who was until recently stationed in Jakarta with her husband, was instrumental in lending credibility to the allegations against Rick.
Armed with his blog and the Manado court’s verdict Eric is now taking on Jane Perlez and the mightly New York Times. One might say that this is a justified vendetta, given that most foreign journalists in Jakarta also think that Perlez went over the top with the story that damned Rick and Newmont.
But what will be interesting to see is whether Eric’s strategy of getting personal with his attacks pays off. In the mainstream media this tack will not work but he may just be able to pull it off with a blog. He’ll likely be going after Walh, Jatam and the rest of the NGOs as well. Unspun wonders if any of them are even thinking that this may be a PR problem for them.
Eric’s blog has also seen additions. Now he has a link for those who want to read his posts in Indonesian. This is a bit sophisticated for a supposedly one-man effort, so he’d do well to explain to readers where all this new sophistication comes from. And he needs to let readers comment. Now that the trial is over, a comments section would not jeopardize the trial and it will certainly make the blog more interesting.