So Noel Pearson, "Cape Crusader" as Fairfax's Good Weekend magazine dubbed him last weekend, has feet of clay. The emperor has no clothes? The profile from Jane Cadzow brings this news to a white Australia that has styled him, in acute anticipation, as the great black hope. The Australian continued the narrative in a spoiler article on the same day.

This is the way that governments and media characteristically work their way around Aboriginal affairs -- looking for, indeed creating, the new messiah.