There's nothing like the possible collapse of your magazine to concentrate an editor's mind wonderfully. Returning Quadrant editor Keith Windschuttle might have been willing to tough out the scandal arising from online editor Roger Franklin's late-night first draft of history, in which he mused approvingly about someone setting off a nail-and-bolt bomb in the Q&A studios. With both ABC boss Michelle Guthrie and Arts Minister Mitch Fifield condemning the post, and the original version referred to the AFP, Windschuttle had no choice but to cede ground, initially making clear that the article was indefensible:

"... I accept your assurance about the offence it caused you and your staff. You have my unreserved apology for any concerns it might have given you."