Stephen,
you had a crack at the Sun King over his treatment of women and then
refer to them as “the fairer sex”. I do hope it was deliberately
ironic. There’s plenty about PC that’s a bit silly but plenty that’s
not, and referring to women as “the fairer sex” surely belongs in the
vaults, along with lady doctors and descriptions of eye and hair colour
and buxomness.

PS: Am still enjoying the new Crikey but it has
become a touch drier and has a more corporate feel. Needs a bit of
irreverence or perhaps some good old-fashioned sloppiness.


Reader Nicholas Whitlam responds belatedly to Crikey story from 28 April 2002:

Where on earth did you get the story that I attended Knox Grammar
School? Like both my brothers, all my high school years (1958-1962)
were spent at Sydney High.

And Steven Mayne, Crikey’s most inaccurate contributor, does several mea culpas:

Whoever
thought losing the pressures of editing would keep my error count low
was sadly mistaken as a couple of blunders have slipped through in the
past few editions.

Firstly, the piece about Rupert’s Bermudan
tax lurk last week suggested that Rod Eddington might have come up with
the idea because Jardine Matheson was also listed in Bermuda and
Eddington had run Cathay Pacific for them in the 1990s. Alas, it was
that other great British corporate empire in Hong Kong, Swire Group,
that owned Cathay Pacific.

Similarly, the piece last Thursday
about Richard Branson paying his defence advisers with airline tickets,
including some business class offerings from Virgin Atlantic, was
slightly wrong as the offer was only bundles of free tickets to fly
Virgin Blue.

Then there were the earlier blunders for the new
guard such as saying sacked ACP advertising director Cameron Hoy was
part of the well-known Hoy media family from Orange. And who can forget
all those woefully inaccurate predictions that police whistleblower
Deborah Locke would do brilliantly for People Power in the Werriwa
by-election.

After five years of being the “bloody sub” who
always inserted errors into the copy of normally accurate contributors
(and never saved the day correcting submitted blunders), I can now also
use this excuse. For instance, a Labor Government adviser emailed
through the following yesterday: “Don’t mean to be a smart arse but Mr
Mayne got Rebekah Wade’s name wrong in his piece about Murdoch.”

Alas, the name of Rupert’s editor of The Sun
was inserted to that list of power women at News Corp by one of the new
“bloody subs”. But seeing as so many subscribers now somehow think that
errors are part of the Crikey charm, you should be happy with that
blunder.

Don’t worry though, I’m still well out in front on the
error stakes since the Crikey handover on 9 March. However, Christian
Kerr made a rare error last week with an item claiming Petro Georgiou
was Victorian state director for Jeff Kennett’s victories in 1992 and
1996. Not so, Petro won the Kooyong by-election when Andrew Peacock
retired in 1994 and Dr Peter Poggioli was state director from 1994
through until Jeff Kennett’s defeat in 1999.