How The West Was Wrong

Rudd Got Burke To Arrange Function” screeches the front page of Monday’s West Australian print edition.
Seriously, it’s garbage like this that reinforces my resolve to dissuade my children from becoming journalists. If, as I suspect, they will ignore me, I hope they have success in rescuing the profession from the gutter.
The headline is not just a misrepresentation of the truth, it’s also in conflict with the story itself.
Interesting to note that the headline cannot be found in the electronic archives of the West. Someone has had a change of heart, it seems.
Thank goodness we also have access to The Australian in Perth, which reprinted more than just two emails to give a more complete version of the (non-)story.
Sometimes I’m so embarrassed by my former association with this morass of mediocrity.

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