Political circles were abuzz after Sydney slicker journalist Sharri Markson reached into the Victorian political news box and pulled out a gossipy story about rising Labor star Bill Shorten’s private life.
VEXNEWS embraces and wishes to extend Ms Markson’s trivialisation of political reporting by reporting on her in the same spirit.
Sharri Markson is the daughter of Max Markson, a well-known Sydney spiv talent “agent”, representing the likes of white trash Queen of Mean Pauline Hanson and other notables.
Nothing wrong with that. You can’t choose your parents, even if your parents can choose their clients.
But it seems that Sharri really is Daddy’s Little Girl because Party insiders explain that it was Papa Max who provided with the hot goss on the ALP identity as early as mid last week.
Most of the Canberra Gallery and many Melbourne journalists were aware of the story and pretty much all of them had decided not to go there. Unless it related to the chap’s public duties, it seemed not especially relevant.
But from a private discussion at a board meeting of Progressive Business on Wednesday, the yarn went from a prominent advertising agency executive based in Melbourne – who has done business with Markson – to the apple of his eye Sharri.
She couldn’t believe her luck when everyone else passed on the story. And she certainly researched the yarn well, trawling through vice-regal notices to find a paper trail substantiating little other than people had once met.
News Limited insiders explain this is not the first time Daddy has given daughter a leg up. And it’s a reciprocal arrangement too we are told, with many of Markson’s clients getting Most Favoured Nation status when trading is done.
Ms Markson, herself considered an up-and-comer in News Limited, winning awards and such, is usually discreet enough to get colleagues to assist Papa Markson rather than doing it herself, after being flame-grilled Hungry Jacks style for helping one of his paying clients a few years back. Media Watch questioned her ethics.
Daddy Markson has previously been engaged by the Labor party in several states to assist them with fundraising and events. This seems unlikely to continue, certainly in Victoria, although his association with race-baiter Pauline Hanson is expected to blossom with possible book-deals and whites-only dance contests on the cards.