There’s a fair bit of copy sharing that goes on between The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald — hence the Crikey term The Smage – but are they sharing ideas too?

In Saturday’s edition of The SMH, writing of the departure of publishers Jane Palfreyman and Fiona Henderson from Random House, Susan Wyndham wrote: “To lose one executive publisher in a month would be unfortunate but Random House seems careless in losing two of the best.”

Over at The Age, Jason Steger shared the sentiment: “To lose one publisher is a misfortune: to lose two looks like carelessness.”

Meanwhile, one could only imagine that the man who once said that “there is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about” would be pleased at the ongoing media attention:

  • [Bush’s] party is even in danger of losing the Senate as well as the House of Representatives. As Oscar Wilde might have put it: “To lose one House may be regarded as a misfortune. To lose both looks like carelessness.” – Paul Reynolds, BBC News
  • Oscar Wilde once observed that “to lose one parent…may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.” To lose 75,000 Iraqis to air strikes looks like carelessness, too. – Gwynne Dyer, Egypt Today
  • When you’re at the bottom of the league like Charlton, it’s also a lesson well worth the learning and one they seem to be taking on board. In avoiding successive defeats by Watford and Newcastle, they not only kept those fellow-sufferers in their sights but closed the gap on several other strugglers. To lose one of those games would have been inadvisable, to lose them both unthinkable. – Kevin Nolan, South London Press

 

Peter Fray

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