The Prime Minister approached senior News Limited executives today to complain about a story in The Australian
that claimed she had set up a "trust fund" for her former boyfriend 17 years ago. And she won -- at least this round.
editor-in-chief Chris Mitchell told Crikey
this morning that Gillard had "dealt at group level rather than anyone on The Oz"
in relation to the story, which ran in the paper and on its website, and has now been spiked. The PM's approach resulted in a grovelling online apology
, with the imperious headline "Apology to the Prime Minister" that has run on News Limited sites around the country
. Mitchell said reporter Ean Higgins had got one wrong word in the yarn, which richly recounted former AWU official Bruce Wilson's current life as a chef on the NSW north coast.
The original story, headlined "An old flame faded into black", was removed from the web
but has been preserved for posterity below. It appeared to have incorrectly substituted the word "trust" for "slush" in reference to the fund overseen by Wilson and set-up by the PM.