Not so much for what he said in the Fairfax magazine profile of him published over the weekend, but what he didn’t say.
Somehow between telling writer Jane Cadzow that the Marieke Hardy piece published in The Drum last year that attempted to measure the level of hatred aimed at Pyne by employing scientific samples such as “Kyle Sandilands” and “India” (and included the interesting side note that “Michael Kroger also has crinkly hair”) didn’t bother him — “not in the least bit” — two legal letters landed on the ABC’s desk, letters reserving his right to sue unless a settlement is reached.
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“People write nice things, people write ghastly things. There’s no point in getting too fussed about it,” said Pyne to Cadzow.
No point. And yet Hardy’s piece was pulled down within hours of publication and resulted in an apology from editor Jonathan Green.
Green has confirmed the details of this morning’s Oz story with Crikey.
We could point out here how deeply inappropriate it is for a politician to even consider pursuing the public broadcaster over damages in relation to a piece like this, but we have a more pressing question: can you get sued for this?