News.com.au editor David Penberthy has a refreshingly audacious method of playing his cards.
First losing hand: an easily disprovable lie that he refuses to withdraw or correct.
Then he doubles-down with his second losing hand – publishing a piece that repeats that lie. That is then silently (without acknowledgement) corrected.
And now, he enthusiastically, defiantly plays his third losing hand – I’m going to pretend I said something different! And the new different thing I’m pretending I said is also not true! I don’t care about reality! I don’t care if I have any credibility left! Take me to the press council! Nothing can stop me!
I can’t even imagine his next play. He seems to believe there are no limits.
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ELSEWHERE: Excellent post at The Tally Room retorting to the Labor spin machine.