Snarky left-wing email newsletter writer, Bernard Keane, a former Canberra public servant with no experience in professional journalism beyond a burst as an anono-blogger â€˜Skeletorâ€™ on a website that was later the subject of court proceedings before being unceremoniously closed, has entangled himself in a nasty spat this afternoon following a typically error-filled rant that was published in left-wing email newsletter crikey today.
Keane, without checking his facts in a way prescribed under the frequently-ignored ethics rules that govern Australian journalists, falsely accused News Limited’s Samantha Maiden of writing an attack on beloved lefty-artiste Cate Blanchett, who once attended the much-lamented 2020 summit of then PM Rudd, and, more recently, agreed to participate in a series of advertisements encouraging the little people to suck up the carbon tax because itâ€™s good for them.
The hard-hitting â€œIronâ€ Maiden was having none of it and rightly took the grouchy little grub Keane to task on Twitter this afternoon.
Turns out Samantha didnâ€™t write the story, it was written by promising Sydney journalist Brenden Hilles. This is obvious to anyone capable of using Google with which the elderly and retired public servant Keane appears to struggle. This is the original story.
Keaneâ€™s confusion, no more than could be expected from a curmudgeon of his age and occasionally poor health, arose from the fact that in some of the six Sunday publications for which Maiden writes some fused a story she wrote on Tony Abbottâ€™s blockbuster performance at the Victorian Liberal State Council with the mean-piece on â€œCarbon Cate.â€ The story, as is the custom, was then jointly by-lined.
Keane liberally uses hair-dye but canâ€™t stand the Tories or anyone who disses any of his favoured left-wing artistesâ€¦
For anyone familiar with how newspapers work, not a fate likely to befall the retired public servant and hair-dye-aficionado Keane any time soon, this is not an incident of great moment. It happens all the time.
One phone call or email from Keane to Maiden or to one of her editors would have cleared this up for the old bloke. But he didnâ€™t bother. Itâ€™s the kind of lazy omission that would normally get a cultural foe of the Left drawn and quartered on the left-wing email newsletter or on Media Watch or both.
When called on his errorism by the feisty and very pregnant Maiden, Keane and a few otherwise idle pesky pterodactyls from his lefty email newsletter collective flew in, went dino-crazy and argued that she must have written it if it had her by-line on it.
Not necessarily so, as the by-line on this page amply demonstrates.