The Ultimate News Tip: Journalist Wins Award After Agreeing To Circumcision To Get Story

The journalist, Simon Eroro, really really deserves the award from News Limited for his story on Free West Papua militants. Crossing rivers and jungles was tough enough, but in order to get access he had to agree to the group’s cleansing ritual . . . a circumcision with a bamboo stick.

And to think that Woodward and Bernstein get so much credit for just meeting a guy in a garage.

Eroro uncovered new information about the tribe. No, it wasn’t the lost tribe of Israel. Eroro showed the cross-border movements of Free West Papua militants from Indonesia into Papua New Guinea. The Free West Papua rebels have been fighting for the independence of the remote Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Papua.

The members follow traditional customs and often wear penis gourds “with the sizes varying according to status.” It is a pretty high price to pay for a scoop but I guess this is what is meant by “out of your gourd” . . .

Source: Telegraph as first seen on Reddit.

18 thoughts on “The Ultimate News Tip: Journalist Wins Award After Agreeing To Circumcision To Get Story”

  1. From Shakespeare’s ‘Julius Caesar’ :

    “This was the most unkindest cut of all”

  2. There may be only one thing worse than trading “The Ultimate News Tip” for the ultimate tape job:

    Rev. Grant Storms, a renowned anti-gay Christian pastor from Louisiana, was arrested last week for masturbating at a public park, in the vicinity of a carousel and playground where children were present.

    According to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, one woman saw Storms parked in his van “looking at the playground area that contained children playing, with his zipper down…,” the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office report read. After judging that Storms was masturbating, the woman and another mother who witnessed the event both alerted deputies.

    After being apprehended by authorities, Storms claimed that he had been urinating into a bottle. He was then booked for obscenity — charges that he denied — and then released due to overcrowding in the jail.”

    And that would be a picayune episode of tipocracy … 😉

  3. Should be a rite of passage for all journalist,would cut down i’m quite sure on the stuff that passes for news and information.

  4. Woosty’s still a Cat 1, November 8, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Dredd, according to those overlords, you are out of your gourd….keep stayin away from the bamboo! 😉
    … and “their screw unit gourds” as well …

    Will do Woosty …

    A free society is one where it is safe to be unpopular.” –Adlai Stevenson

  5. Eroro is in some ways so mainstream.

    Mainstream is where the lords are few, and where the pecking order rules are as unspoken as the Jim Crow code of silence.

    A few for-profit corporate lords own the news, rule the underling journalists who produce the news, and have the big lord gourds.

    But when the underling journalists are circumcised censorcised, what is cut off is the full use of their tongues, full use of their minds, full use of their pens, and full use of their keyboards.

    They are, however, free to use their screw unit gourds to try to put down taboo ideas “out there”, if you know what I mean.

    Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.” –Albert Einstein

  6. This guy has dedication to his job, but I doubt whether he can list this item on his expense account.

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