Crook analysis of think-tanks, #2

According to Crikey hack Andrew Crook

Another Thornley backed outfit, PerCapita, conceived as a direct competitor to free market think tanks like the IPA and the CIS, has been more active in recent months with ex-Latham staffer Michael Cooney regularly hitting the airwaves to take on its scorched earth rivals.

But as I reported on this blog, Cooney has left Per Capita, and has been working in Canberra for someone else since early December last year – over the few months in which Crook thinks he has been regularly hitting the airwaves.

Don’t believe anything you read about think-tanks in Crikey. They are just making it up.

8 Responses to “Crook analysis of think-tanks, #2

  • 1
    February 19th, 2009 22:29

    Oh, give him some marks for style … I was quite entertained by his piece in New Matilda yesterday on Rudd’s essay – “All the nation needs is a nerd from Nambour …… “

  • 2
    Rafe Champion
    February 20th, 2009 02:00

    Marks wrote re Rudd’s polemic:
    ‘However for people whose primary focus is on economics — people who have read countless earlier repetitions of this “Third Way” argument in trade/development/policy journals over the past 20 years — the typical response is, “so what’s new?”‘
    More to the point, what is true? This was a question that the folk on Club Troppo managed to sidestep.

  • 3
    Pedro S
    February 20th, 2009 06:19

    That’s true, but it can be more simply stated as:

    Don’t believe anything you read in Crikey. They are just making it up.

  • 4
    Masturbatory media at catallaxyfiles
    February 20th, 2009 11:10

    […] see that the latte left gossip rag Crikey, purveyor of incompetent research (imagine a writer who can’t even be bothered checking if someone has left their previous […]

  • 5
    February 20th, 2009 12:42

    Well, that’s about the most conclusive example you’ll see of what the kids these days call ‘pwnage’. Nicely done, Andrew (Norton, not Crook).

  • 6
    Michael Cooney
    February 25th, 2009 15:47

    G’day Andrew,

    David Hetherington just popped in to my Canberra office and I was reminded that you’d posted about our current status.

    Just to clarify, I’m now a Research Fellow with Per Capita – along with Dennis Glover who your readers would be familiar with (and who was recently in the Oz again).

    Two new Project Leaders are starting with Per Capita this month – watch that space.

    See you soon.


  • 7
    Andrew Norton
    February 25th, 2009 18:35

    Michael – Thanks for the update, but have you been ‘hitting the airwaves’ on Per Capita’s behalf in recent months?

  • 8
    Michael Cooney
    February 27th, 2009 14:26

    Oh mate you’d have to ask Andrew Crook – he’s been doing the media monitoring.

    I can’t be expected to keep track of ALL my wheelings and dealings.