Jul 9, 2012

Latham’s Henderson Watch: that’s a giant mistake, tiger

Last Friday the Dog was off his leash, dragging dear old Ita Buttrose into his mistake-ridden ways, writes former Labor leader Mark Latham.

Another Media Watch Dog, another Henderson Watch to the rescue, saving the Sydney Institute from the error-prone pedantry of its executive director, Gerard Henderson (for an executive he is). Last Friday the Dog was off his leash, dragging dear old Ita Buttrose into his mistake-ridden ways. Let’s go to the clipping:

“At long last Ita Buttrose has spoken publicly about what was known privately to some.  MWD Issue 138 referred to a substantial damages settlement which ABC and Southern Star reached with Alisdair Macdonald, following the screening of Paper Tigers on ABC1. Paper Tigers completely misrepresented the nature of Macdonald’s marriage to Buttrose in the film … The revised edition of Ita Buttrose’s A Passionate Life contains the following passage: ‘Overall I was pleased and thought it [Paper Tigers] captured well the spirit of the seventies’.”

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7 thoughts on “Latham’s Henderson Watch: that’s a giant mistake, tiger

  1. zut alors

    ‘…a 19 hour function — longer even than the time one needs to read a Henderson letter.’


    Frankly, I’m grateful Hendo works at a feverish and punishing pace to publish – otherwise he might actually have time to check the detail and then there’d be no Henderson Watch.

  2. 39loulou

    Considering the author – is this piece ironic?

  3. Jason Mountney

    How to write your own Gerard column
    Template 1: A conservative politician has said something vile — say all Aborigines should be gassed. Gerard will mutter something about such discourse being unnacceptable — but in a tone you’d reserve for someone who farted during afternoon tea. He will then find an example of an ABC journalist calling a Liberal Party MP a fascist or a Nazi, coarsening political debate and denigrating the suffering of people who died under Hitler. This example may date back to 1973, but that’s OK. Hence, the ABC is responsible for calls for Aborigines to be gassed.

    Template 2: Someone says something about Robert Menzies or BA Santamaria. Gerard will find some dreary fact from one of his books and write about it for an entire column. No-one will reach the end of the story, as there is not enough coffee produced on the planet in one year to keep even one reader awake for that long.

  4. Holden Back

    David Niven, Asher Keddie, who really can tell the difference?

  5. mikeb

    “It is said there are two types of people: those who like Gerard Henderson and those who have met him. The press gallery veteran Malcolm Farr knows Gerard well….. ” ha ha ha ha ha ha.
    Probably a lifted use of the expression but still hilarious.

  6. j.oneill

    Worse even than his boring columns, factual errors or deeply entrenched conservatism is his profound inability to actually be aware of how the world really works. His readiness to accept the US position on just about anything is nauseating. His knowledge of real history is even worse. I know from one email exchange for example that he believes Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone nut gunman who shot JFK! It doesn’t get much more deluded than that.

  7. Gerry Hatrick, OAP

    I Still can’t bear it!

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