Wednesday 26th November, 2014

Australian Conservative

Crikey editor’s mongrel of an apology

Crikey editor Jonathan Green has been forced to apologise for the online magazine’s appalling slur on the Down Syndrome baby of US vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

They put forward in their “name Barack Obama’s puppy” contest the suggestion: “A Mongrel Called Trig”.

Only after the matter was highlighted by conservative columnists did Crikey act.

Green writes, “The galling part of course, is giving ammunition to the billious [sic] rabble of the blogging far right.” It sounds like he’s only apologising because he’s been busted.

And just what does he mean when he says, “… it somehow made our shortlist, and then hopped onto the polling page”? It seems they don’t post items at Crikey, they just take on a life of their own and “hop” frog-like on to the page.

Crikey got one part of this right – use of the word “mongrel”. It seems like a pretty good description of their brand of “journalism”.

Jonathan Green’s apology
Tim Blair’s comment
Andrew Bolt’s comment
vexnews.com comments
vexnews.com follow-up story



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