Jun 28, 2012

Mayne: are Bolt and McCrann writing Rinehart’s Fairfax lines?

McCrann and Bolt have become self-appointed chief leaders in Gina Rinehart’s attempt to seize board and editorial control of Fairfax Media.

Stephen Mayne — Journalist and Founder

Stephen Mayne

Journalist and Founder

As each day passes, it looks increasingly like New York-based News Corporation was involved in an attempt to conspire with certain conservative politicians and a rogue staffer in the independent speaker’s office to try and prematurely bring down an elected minority government. And if you think the James Ashby affair looks bad for News Ltd, what about the ongoing performance of that rogue cell embedded in its Melbourne office, best mates Andrew Bolt and Terry McCrann?

This duo have long argued that the government should fall and are now openly destabilising their main media competitor, which happens to be a more moderate contributor to the national conversation.

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20 thoughts on “Mayne: are Bolt and McCrann writing Rinehart’s Fairfax lines?

  1. klewso

    “Child’s Play”, Chucky”? Ian Smith “found her too strange to handle”, but Blot and McCrann think it’s “money for old rope”?

  2. jennatilz mckrackin

    This shows either direction from the board, or more likely the implied fear of having someone like Rinehart around a company.

  3. John Newton

    Good on you Stephen – someone knows where the bodies are buried – apart from the victims of mesothelioma

  4. NeoTheFatCat

    If she doesn’t like what Fairfax is doing, why doesn’t she just start up her own media company instead of whingeing? That would really mean putting her money where her mouth is.

  5. Rohan

    How come we see so much of Twiggy and Clive, yet Gina all but never ventures into the public spotlight?

    Strikes me as bizarrely coy behaviour for a self-made billionaire and I find it much harder to trust her as a result.

  6. zut alors

    Quite a cesspool of nasty facts to paddle through. The Rinehart brand appears to be toxic.

  7. Son of foro

    Maybe Crazy Hands McCrann and Crazy Head Bolt were applying for a job at The Australian, now that Murdoch may have to sell it.

  8. Recalcitrant.Rick

    I keep on hearing about all this money she has put into Fairfax and that she’s some kind of “White Knight” Unless I’m missing something all she has done is bought shares that someone else owned anyway and therefore has added nothing of value to the company. In fact during this period the share price has dropped, does that mean it’s worth less now that she is involved? Can some one explain to me that I’m wrong?

  9. jeff holland

    Great article, and got to say I didnt mind the Hancocks, but finding out the original source of their wealth, well they deserve all the unhappiness that that evil mine has wrought on others.

  10. khtagh

    @ Rohan
    I think the hint is in the clip on the telly where you see miss Piggy swanning around in a white sheet with a spinnaker thru her hair, & no-one other than her daughter talking to her. She is more right wing than the starboard wing light on a 767, mad as a hatter.

    Very interesting about the Wittenoom link, I would have thought something that controversial would have come up in the recent 4 corners story, hummm interesting.

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