Meanwhile, Greg Bowyer from Adelaide comments on Crikey’s editorial standards:

Please don’t try to turn Crikey into The Reader
by uncritically reproducing articles from the press in your daily
addendum “What the Papers Say”. Most people read Crikey to escape from
the likes of US neo-con propagandist Greg Sheridan; your extract from
his article in today’s Australian (31/3), where he has a crack at the
Lowy Institute for “bias”, is totally laughable – and unworthy of
Crikey. If you are going to reproduce this sort of rubbish, at least
have the balls to subject it to the ridicule it deserves, as the
previous Crikey did on a regular basis. Please don’t insult our
intelligence by running drivel like this just because it appears “in
the papers”, as if this somehow makes it authoritative. Many of your
readers have very good reasons not to trust the papers – and nor should
you…

And a reader, Andrew M, sent this letter to Good Weekend (and us):

I have just learnt from the
Crikey website that Mr Sean Condon is no longer to be featured in your
increasingly dreary publication. I am horrified. Mr Sean Condon is
quite simply this country’s funniest newspaper columnist. There is
no-one better and you have fired him.

You appear to be a wide selection of nongs and while I will continue to purchase your newspaper and read the Good Weekend I will wonder to myself more and more why it is that I do. Perhaps one day your apparent plan to make The Age and the Good Weekend completely repugnant to people with brains will succeed and both they and I will be able to cancel our subscriptions.

I really do enjoy The Age
and am entirely disillusioned by these changes. Please pass on to Mr
Condon the news that someone has emailed to protest this
ridiculousness. He is also always going on about writing books, but has
he ever finished one? Do you know where I could buy it?

And Paul Everingham writes:

“The
rumours and innuendo published in your article of 24 March 2005 – “NSW
Libs: the fallout continues” – relating to me are false and without
foundation. Thank you for withdrawing and retracting such false
information. I strongly believe that John Brogden will be the next
premier of New South Wales and that Matt Birney will be the next
premier of Western Australia. I will be doing everything I can to
support both men in their efforts to win Government.”

Peter Fray

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