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May 4, 2018

What ABC’s Rudd apology reveals … Exclusive watch … Ten pops up in CBS results

The Sydney Morning Herald has obtained the letter of apology ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie sent to former PM Kevin Rudd. And other media tidbits of the day.

Emily Watkins — Media reporter

Emily Watkins

Media reporter

What ABC's Rudd apology reveals. The Sydney Morning Herald splashed today with London-based journalist Latika Bourke having "obtained" the letter ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie sent to former PM Kevin Rudd apologising for a sloppy mistake about him in its so-called Cabinet Files series. The fact that the ABC had apologised was not new, but, curiously, Burke skimmed over the most striking revelation in the previously unreported letter -- that Rudd's legal advisors had already provided specific evidence the story was wrong before it was published. Guthrie wrote:

"I also accept that prior to the publication of the ABC's story your legal advisor informed the ABC of several concerns and provided specific references to findings from the Commissioner's Report, and I acknowledge the frustration this has caused."

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5 thoughts on “What ABC’s Rudd apology reveals … Exclusive watch … Ten pops up in CBS results

  1. zut alors

    Despite a caution from Rudd’s solicitors, the ABC published a previously published, & incorrect, story.

    Despite Emma Alberici writing a factual piece about corporate tax cuts her piece was pulled pronto. Interesting editorial practices. Comment, Alan Sunderland…?

    1. jmendelssohn

      And despite Emma Alberici being (by a country mile) the most astute economics commentator on the ABC, she is scandalously not included in the promo for next week’s budget coverage.

      1. zut alors

        Bear in mind that Alberici would analyse it accurately. Danger, danger!

  2. AR

    If the Budget exclusion & snubbing of Alberici is not a perfect metaphor for the ABC’s pre-emptive cringe, then it could only be because of editorial idiocies as per the article.
    How soon before the entry into common daily usage of the phrase, “get a new one, this is guthried”?

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