The Daily Telegraph didn’t do Rodney Adler any favours at all with
its carefully-timed front-page story today under the heading: ‘Adler
plays his last card’. This story:

RODNEY Adler has tried to cut his final deal – a bizarre “snaps for
comment” pitch where he’d pose for photographs in return for fa vourable
coverage in The Daily Telegraph .

He wanted this newspaper to urge Justice John Dunford not to jail him today.

Adler asked The Daily Telegraph to publish news stories arguing he deserved a lenient sentence – an offer the newspaper rejected.

“Would it be possible that you write an article, and the headline has
to say: ‘The sentence should be very light’, and I will give you a
photo,” Adler said.

Adler’s proposal came just weeks after he suddenly pleaded guilty to four criminal charges arising from the HIH collapse.

This was followed by a much longer story on page 9 under the heading:
‘Snaps for comment … Adler offers to pose for photos – but wants a
good light’. And on page 30 TheTele’s lead editorial comment, under the heading ‘A manipulator to the very end’, included these choice paragraphs:

Corporate criminal Rodney Adler attempted to have an off-the-record
conversation with a reporter at this newspaper earlier this week when
he was approached with a request to be photographed prior to his
sentencing today.

The conversation covered Adler’s shows of contrition, the level of his
criminality, whether or not he had derived personal benefit from the
crimes to which he pleaded guilty and so on.

Then on the issue of whether he would consent to being photographed,
Adler said: “Would it be possible that you write an article, and the
headline has to say: ‘The sentence should be very light’, and I will
give you a photograph.”

“When you talk to your new editor, you tell him what you think. [If]
I’m happy with that and subject to you and I coming to terms, I’ll give
you a photograph on Wednesday morning.”

For Adler, it seems, while there’s life there’s hope. Today he’ll be
sentenced, and right to the end, he’s planning new ways to manipulate
the system to provide the best possible result – but not for those who
have lost money as a result of his misconduct – for Rodney Adler.

He just doesn’t get it. Maybe today he will.

The question buzzing in legal circles today was: how much did The Tele’s three stories add to Rodney Adler’s jail sentence? Because it certainly couldn’t have helped.

Peter Fray

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