The Monthly sees the future — too late. Another chapter to add to yesterday’s list of publishing conundrums following Julia Gillard’s ascension to the country’s corner office. In a promotional email sent to Monthly magazine subscribers yesterday, editor Ben Naparstek relayed to readers that the magazine’s July essay by Robert Manne on the former prime minister didn’t suffer in any sense despite it being written well before last Thursday’s coup. “What’s remarkable now is its prescience,” Naparstek says unconvincingly. “Robert Manne’s overview of Rudd’s collapse, written just one week before he stepped down as prime minister, reads as though it was written today.” The desperate pleas echo a Scribe publicist, who claimed last week that Nicholas Stuart’s Rudd’s Way: November 2007 — June 2010 “remarkably” only required a quick touch-up to remain relevant after its subject’s knifing.

Meanwhile, it’s not known whether ALP observer Shane Maloney will incorporate the new PM in his “way beyond deadline” novel that included some last-minute research in the halls of Parliament House last week. Maloney was caught up in the maelstrom long enough to describe Fran Kelly as a “corgi, straining at the leash” as Gillard fronted the media in her first official presser. — Andrew Crook

The Pom was to blame. Crikey is a big fan of Breakfast Politics, the early morning link digest faithfully prepared each day by Canberra gallery veteran and savvy Q&A performer Chris Wallace. However, a link this morning to a Wallace diary column in the Australian edition of The Spectator had us wondering whether editor (and perennial Liberal Party preselection hopeful) Tom Switzer might have contracted a severe case of gender confusion. Wallace, who famously suggested Germaine Greer was insufficiently feminist in her Untamed Shrew bio-hatchet, told Crikey that rather than Switzer, “some pom got it wrong”. — Andrew Crook

Herald Sun veteran to walk. Veteran Herald Sun business editor and former Bruce Guthrie loyalist Malcolm Schmidtke is set to depart the paper at the start of August. Schmidtke, a Walkley-award winning former editor of The Australian, editor of The Sunday Age, deputy editor of The Age and deputy editor of the Financial Review is believed to be keen to move on after several years at the tabloid. It is not known where Schmidtke will turn up next, although there are not many mastheads the newspaper legend hasn’t worked at after 37 years in the profession. — Andrew Crook

Dog gone, but might return. There was one glaring omission from yesterday’s Daily Telegraph story promising an inside look at Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s office — the First Dog on the Moon cartoon that dominated her previous wall in the deputy PM’s office and that recently appeared on the front page of The Australian. Following Crikey‘s frantic queries to the PM’s press office yesterday afternoon, a staffer promised that the cartoon might be “put back up”, following negotiations with the boss. We live in hope. — Andrew Crook

The Oz breaks news. Good news for those who love The Australian — now you can wake up to its outstanding stable of political writing talent on Sunday mornings with the launch of a new show on Sky News (part-owned, coincidentally, by Australian publisher News Limited). But placing the marketing spiel in prime position on page three may have been over-egging it just a little…


Hawke movie ‘compelling’; ‘gets everything right’

“Forget Underbelly, Packed to the Rafters or City Homicide. Channel 10’s Hawke trumps them all. It is the best Aussie drama in a decade.” — Herald Sun

The paywall descends — Murdoch’s Times gamble begins

“From tomorrow, web users who are not already subscribers to the print editions of the two papers will have to pay £1 for a day’s access or £2 for a week-long subscription.” — The Guardian

Chinese propaganda — in English

“China’s biggest national news agency launched its global, English-language television news network on Thursday as part of efforts to expand the communist government’s influence abroad.” — Associated Press

Tribune chairman nails the future of news

“Zell didn’t reveal a whole lot when asked about the Chapter 11 process but he did share his thoughts on the future of newspapers and that future involves … PDFs!” — MediaFile

Peter Fray

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