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Aug 29, 2011

Milne debacle: how a 16 year old story was spiked by The Oz

Glenn Milne has egg all over his face after the re-hired columnist filed an error-filled op-ed reviving discredited allegations that Prime Minister Julia Gillard had somehow been an accomplice to her one-time partner Bruce Wilson's alleged fraud.

Andrew Crook — Former <em>Crikey</em> Senior Journalist

Andrew Crook

Former Crikey Senior Journalist

Glenn Milne has egg all over his face after the re-hired columnist filed an error-filled op-ed reviving discredited allegations that Prime Minister Julia Gillard had somehow been an accomplice to her one-time partner Bruce Wilson’s alleged fraud.

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  1. SusieQ

    What a farce!!!! Does anyone in Sydney take 2UE seriously? (perhaps someone from Sydney can advise??) Moved to a safe location? Why?? Scared a proper journalist might come along and ask some proper questions?
    As for the OZ, well, who is running the show over there? Krusty the Clown? And this is the paper that wants to be taken seriously as the nations leading broadsheet!

  2. billie

    Sounds like The Oz is using Glenn Milne to continue their attack on the Prime Minister. Even though the story has been pulled from the online edition, for now, the damage has been done because the story has been re-aired

  3. ggm

    In the context of Thompson, it would be hard to press for a suit, but I find myself drawn to a sense that Gillard should be capable of beating the royal crap (legally speaking) out of Milne, 2ue and the OZ, and force at the very least a grovelling front page retraction, and hopefully a whapping big donate to charity.

    I would of course also say that choosing NOT to, doesn’t imply guilt. Thompson doesn’t re-define absence of suit as a proof of absence of innocence.

    -G

  4. GocomSys

    SUSIEQ
    Posted Monday, 29 August 2011 at 6:15 pm
    Frustrating isn’t it?

    What is your opinion to the following?

    Essential to free enterprise and democracy is access to information free of distortion. Newspapers are free to say what they will in editorials and opinion pieces, of course. But news data must be untainted.

    As for News Corp publications have a look at this:
    http://onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=12286

    May I also point out another related issue. The intrinsically destabilising effect the incessant “opinion poll peddling” has. Almost all news outlets (including the ABC and Crikey) faithfully report the latest polls, however dodgy and/or short lived they might be! News Corporation publications never fail to use the latest poll results to mount another offensive.

    When poll results favoured the government, one after another opposition leader tumbled.
    When results turned pear shaped for the government Rudd was toppled and at the same time allowed extremists in the opposition to gain a foothold. The avalanches of polls we are bombarded with now are pushing someone as unlikely as Abbott towards the lodge. A possible imminent disaster for the country waiting to happen, not decided by ballots but driven by “opinion poll peddlers”! What do you reckon?

  5. geomac

    What a strange world for reporters in the Murdoch camp. Milne instead of having clarity seems to have substituted claret. Bolt makes claims but discounts any validity or accuracy. A big scoop to embarrass the PM that was scratched on the same day it is published. Does the Oz have any editors or even a copy boy to check stories before going to print ? Has law and order Bolt nicked himself and his leaker for receiving commonwealth classified documents ?

  6. mari

    Thank you Andrew for this article a well researched article, shame main stream media, doesn’t do similar research

  7. joe2

    “As for the OZ, well, who is running the show over there?”

    Isn’t he part of The Quality Journalism Project on Crikey that has had all comments about him, by readers, deleted, without explanation?

    http://www.crikey.com.au/2011/08/10/the-quality-journalism-project-the-heart-of-the-oz-chris-mitchell/

  8. Charles Richardson

    They just can’t help themselves: Mathieson says to you “As the correction points out, we regret that the PM was not given any chance to respond to the allegations.” But the correction doesn’t say that at all. It says “The Australian also acknowledges no attempt was made by anyone employed by, or associated with, The Australian to contact the Prime Minister in relation to this matter.” No regret expressed for that.

  9. man on a bondi tram

    The Murdoch media empire does not sell facts, it sells entertainment.

  10. Rich Uncle Skeleton

    So much for that vaunted Code Of Conduct. Milne should really read it sometime.

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