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FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!

Tragically, Glenn failed to land a solid punch:

The annual Walkley Awards for journalism were rocked by an attack on stage tonight at the Crown Casino in Melbourne.

Controversial crikey.com.au writer Stephen Mayne was attacked by Sunday Telegraph columnist Glenn Milne.

Mayne had just finished awarding the best business news report to the Australian Financial Review’s Morgan Mellish when Milne rushed up onto the stage and accosted Mayne, pushing him off the platform and onto the floor.

Milne then began berating Mayne from the stage as the audience, which consisted of a representation of Australia’s top journalists, looked on horrified.

Milne called Mayne “a disgrace” and continued to abuse him from the stage, while the floor manager rushed to restrain him.

Mayne jumped back on stage but Milne almost broke free from the clutches of the floor manager, forcing Mayne to jump from the stage.

Mayne was yards away from his short, cancer-recovering attacker when he was “forced” from the stage. That leap of fright was priceless.

UPDATE. The complete list of Walkley winners. One or two unexpected names among them, massively outnumbered by the usual Walkley crawlers.

UPDATE II. Excellent comments from C.L. and Murph.

UPDATE III. Scared Stephen seeks shelter from his towering foe.

UPDATE IV. Lookit! Mayne v. Milne YouTubed. Watch for Mayne’s raised fists of glory following his victorious running-away. More from Andrew Landeryou.

UPDATE V. A News Ltd. pal emails: “I do think Stephen Mayne deserves more respect. After all, he did found SCARDEYCAT.COM and was a deserved recipient of a recent Big Girl’s Blouse Award.”

Posted by Tim B. on 11/30/2006 at 08:27 AM
  1. Why wasn’t it on SBS this year? Sounds like a bigger hoot than the wrestling- pity he didn’t bean the weasel with a balsawood chair.

    Posted by Habib on 2006 11 30 at 08:34 AM • permalink

  2. Could someone please explain the bad blood?
    I figure I must have missed something…

    Posted by RabidJim on 2006 11 30 at 08:38 AM • permalink

  3. It’s on SBS NOW, Habib!

    Posted by Tim B. on 2006 11 30 at 08:39 AM • permalink

  4. BTW- is he the fat little fucker who used to be on Ch 10 (I think) and who had a column in Mondays Australian which seemed to be written by Wayne Swans press secretary?

    On a scale of 1-10, 1 being John Kerr at the Melbourne Cup and 10 being Boris Yeltsen after dinner (or Ted Kennedy before breakfast), how would he rate?

    Will he be getting a pink slip from Rupert?

    Posted by Habib on 2006 11 30 at 08:42 AM • permalink

  5. We all know that Mayne is a jerk but why did Milne attack him tonight? What did Mayne do to him to make him respond in this way?

    Let’s hope Murdoch promotes Milne. I’m sure Murdoch doesn’t like people speaking on his behalf.

    Posted by JoeJr on 2006 11 30 at 08:42 AM • permalink

  6. He might earn a promotion.

    Posted by Tim B. on 2006 11 30 at 08:44 AM • permalink

  7. Just on up here in daylight-saving free Beatograd; looks like he was half in the bag, but it seems he took exception to Mayne slagging off the Govt appointee to the telstra board (when Mayne could muster 2% of the vote).

    How’d that pencil neck get the gig?

    I suppose seeing as it’s the Meeja Yartz Alliance award night and only gives gongs to fellow members of the groupthink tank, he’s just the lickspittle for the job.

    I’m surprised there’s not more of them blotto (or moreso than usual), after all they’d have been out in solidarity with their IR protest comrades, and would have had to take part in the mandatory pubcrawl which follows any action to fight the oppression of the proletariat.

    Posted by Habib on 2006 11 30 at 08:54 AM • permalink

  8. Michelle Grattan? deserves a Wugley for having the face most suited for a career in Radio.

    Danny Weidler? Don’t encourage him. A Walkley? Hardly.

    Ditto Jack “skid” Marx for one of the most bizarre pieces of the year.

    However, the Oz’s examination of Indigenous art was great and worthy of something.

    Posted by Nic on 2006 11 30 at 09:07 AM • permalink

  9. Milne beat off the Blackhawk tragedy and the yellow skivvy handover as number one story on Ten news tonight. Sandra looked shocked.

    Mayne’s pre-emptive <strike>surrender</strike> stage-jump on seeing Milne making a second charge was indeed priceless.

    Posted by C.L. on 2006 11 30 at 09:10 AM • permalink

  10. Nic

    I thought Jack Marx’s Russell Crowe story was f*cking priceless.

    As for Milne: I think his drinking career has been irrevocably tarnished by his journalism problem.

    Posted by murph on 2006 11 30 at 09:12 AM • permalink

  11. Murph, only that it had the strangest feel about Jack’s role in the whole thing. It just didn’t add up.

    Posted by Nic on 2006 11 30 at 09:19 AM • permalink

  12. Well, let’s hope the cabbies on call at the Crown Casino tonight aren’t too religiously challenged to take at least one reveller back to his hotel.

    Posted by splice on 2006 11 30 at 09:24 AM • permalink

  13. Mayne was pathetic. His prepared speech about endless election losses was pathetic. His ad-libs after Milne’s attack were also pathetic. Having not subscribed to Crikey, I don’t know much about the guy, other than this: He’s pathetic.

    Anton Enis was also massively unfunny and should stick to reading a teleprompter instead of doing Glasshouse-esque hack jokes about George W. Bush.

    I wonder if Paul McGeough had his eye on Michelle Grattan?

    Posted by Dan Lewis on 2006 11 30 at 09:27 AM • permalink

  14. Well, without context, this feud is as baffling to me as the war between the big-enders and little-enders of Lilliput and Blefuscu. This fellow Mayne seems to be a bit of a tick, and I would indeed have liked to witness his tour en l’air.

    Posted by paco on 2006 11 30 at 09:27 AM • permalink

  15. More like the Wanker Awards.

    Posted by Mystery Meat on 2006 11 30 at 09:32 AM • permalink

  16. Glenn Milne may have been channeling Andrew Landeryou.

    Posted by Dan Lewis on 2006 11 30 at 09:33 AM • permalink

  17. I happened to glance at SBS and caught a little bit of it but I thought it was part of the show so I changed the channel.

    Posted by Art Vandelay on 2006 11 30 at 09:36 AM • permalink

  18. Traditionally, men take out their aggressions with a good prose style.

    Posted by rhhardin on 2006 11 30 at 09:38 AM • permalink

  19. Oh Lordy, I live in the longitudinally backward and daylight saving free State of WesssTern Australia, and I was going to kiss off the Walkeleys on SBS as the usual wankfest of the Yarty and Perpetually Outraged, but thanks to Blair and the commentariat, I have just cracked a fine bottle of Margaret River red, a tube of Pringles, and will be settling back in my fat and overstuffed capitalist pig recliner chair to watch the fun.
    I hope somebody belted Red Kezza in all the mayhem.

    Make my day.

    Posted by Pedro the Ignorant on 2006 11 30 at 09:41 AM • permalink

  20. Fighting is a good thing.

    There was a time when two men would “hash out” their differences. Sometimes in a private place, sometimes in a ring formed by their peers, out behind the shop.

    Now, with that custom gone along with just about every other behavior separating men from castratos, we’ve lost that anchor that held respect and real tolerance in place.

    Now we pretend to respect or give lip service to tolerance, or at the very best, we confuse respect with admiration and tolerance with ambivilance. Take away fear of physical reprisal then everything starts to become unglued.

    There’s nothing like the fear of a good ass kicking to remind most folk to mind their own damn business or to be polite.

    Posted by Grimmy on 2006 11 30 at 09:45 AM • permalink

  21. has anyone else noticed red kezza’s ears are growing even bigger & pointier?

    but where is the video of milne & mayne?

    Posted by KK on 2006 11 30 at 10:02 AM • permalink

  22. Shouldn’t regular participation in drunken fistfights be a job requirement for newspaper columnists?  Seems like it used to be “...hold my fedora, Sam, I’m gonna crawl that bastard from Reuters.”  A monthly fistfight requirement would do wonders for the New York Times op-ed page.

    Posted by stokes on 2006 11 30 at 10:11 AM • permalink

  23. Every bouquet needs a pansy.

    Brave Sir Mayne ran away.
    Bravely ran away, away!
    When danger reared its ugly head,
    He bravely turned his tail and fled.
    Yes, brave Sir Mayne turned about
    And gallantly he chickened out.
    Bravely taking to his feet
    He beat a very brave retreat,
    Bravest of the brave, Sir Mayne!

    Posted by Texas Bob on 2006 11 30 at 10:30 AM • permalink

  24. I thought it was hilarious. Go Milne!

    #5 - I’m not sure anyone needs a reason to want to attack Mayne.

    Posted by Scooter on 2006 11 30 at 10:32 AM • permalink

  25. IMO Milne is a jerk too.  One jerk attacking another jerk can only be a good thing.

    Posted by murph on 2006 11 30 at 10:52 AM • permalink

  26. At least it was hysterically funny. The only thing missing was Mayne actually falling off the stage out of fear, rather than the pre-emptive leap.

    Posted by Scooter on 2006 11 30 at 10:56 AM • permalink

  27. VIDEO HERE.

    Posted by C.L. on 2006 11 30 at 11:03 AM • permalink

  28. Wish your video had subtitles, C.L. Dont know either of these wankers but wish I knew what the fight was about. Mayne looks like a pretentious fop, and Milne looked like he was wasted. Otherwise, looked like a room of hot-house flowers. (present company excepted , Tim, if you were there)

    Posted by debi L. on 2006 11 30 at 11:11 AM • permalink

  29. #27 oh god.  what a disgrace.

    Posted by murph on 2006 11 30 at 11:11 AM • permalink

  30. Does the phrase “open bar” have anything to do with this?

    Posted by mojo on 2006 11 30 at 11:34 AM • permalink

  31. Perhaps Milne was trying to get in on that Australian wine glut before it disappears.

    Posted by PW on 2006 11 30 at 11:40 AM • permalink

  32. Hmmm.

    Now this I’d pay money to see.

    Posted by memomachine on 2006 11 30 at 11:43 AM • permalink

  33. Sorry for the divergent comment, but I just wanted the world to know that I have yet to find the end of amuzement over at Crooked Timber.  I’ve been reading for years and still laughing.  There are several gems up there now:

    On Stern.

    On Iraq, Quaddafi and WMD.  Talk about bring nukes to a fist fight.

    And the ever so funny Quiggin.

    Posted by aaron_ on 2006 11 30 at 11:46 AM • permalink

  34. Took 30 minutes to download, but worth the wait. Thanks for sending along the link C.L.
    I love girlie fights.

    Posted by Texas Bob on 2006 11 30 at 12:06 PM • permalink

  35. Pity, I’m over here in West Oz too and flicked to SBS, saw it was the walkleys and turned over…  Thinking anything must be better than that crap…  Not knowing there was going to be a bit of action…  Pity some real biffo didn’t develop, with members of the crowd piling on…  A good pile on is always an appropriate way to end a good night…

    Anyway, i can now see just the good bit instead of sitting through all that manure…

    And yes, still in the dark as to what would cause someone to go troppo at a big event in front of their peers like this???

    Posted by casanova on 2006 11 30 at 12:11 PM • permalink

  36. Linked to Walkleys. No Blair. Screw ‘em.

    Posted by SoberHT on 2006 11 30 at 12:32 PM • permalink

  37. #15—I call them the “Wankleys”.

    Posted by Evil Pundit on 2006 11 30 at 12:42 PM • permalink

  38. Thanks for the heads up, TB.  Watched and enjoyed here in Perth.  Milne shouldn’t have shoved him, but grabbed and belted him.  It’ll be interesting to see the approbium Milne cops tomorrow.  Hope it was worth it.

    Posted by Olrence on 2006 11 30 at 12:50 PM • permalink

  39. Well I can explain a little…There has been bad blood between the two for years. See for example:
    http://tinyurl.com/yjefk3
    which is a 4-yr-old article reprinted recently on Stephen Mayne’s website (why? I don’t know) attacking Milne personally. It’s all something to do with their respective attitudes to different sides of ALP politics as far as one can tell. Google searches will I suspect turn up more stuff. However all people enjoying the possession of their critical faculties should probably do something else with their time.

    You know, I’m still stunned…Mayne was the MC? I’ve got that right?

    Posted by mark on 2006 11 30 at 12:56 PM • permalink

  40. The Walkleys have featured such notable judges over the years as drooling fool Margo and serial plagiarist Phillip Adams. Having Mayne as the presenter is almost a step up.

    Almost.

    Posted by Phranger on 2006 11 30 at 01:14 PM • permalink

  41. Float like a butterfly
    Sting like a bee
    When will those apply
    A kick to the nuts
    No ands, ifs or buts
    In such a melee

    Hey, OK…I tried

    Posted by El Cid on 2006 11 30 at 01:19 PM • permalink

  42. This must have been the most entertaining Australian awards banquet since the chair-swinging melee at the Sydney Opera House Patrons Dinner and Ball, or Nicole Kidman’s roundhouse kick of Kylie Minogue at the Australian Lady of the Year gala.

    Posted by Dave S. on 2006 11 30 at 01:34 PM • permalink

  43. PS - glad you guys are on our side. Sheesh.

    Posted by Dave S. on 2006 11 30 at 01:35 PM • permalink

  44. Milne will apologise, and so he should.

    Mayne’s a dickhead, and such behaviour makes him appear a lot more notorious than he actually is.

    Posted by James Waterton on 2006 11 30 at 01:47 PM • permalink

  45. Why aren’t American awards shows this much fun?  Of course, it could never happen between American journalists, because they might break a nail or get their hair mussed.  And I don’t call Kanye West’s meltdown at the… Grammys, was it?... because everyone has figured out he’s mostly for show.  Forget the Oscars or Emmys, even if anything happened there everybody’s asleep and wouldn’t know it.

    Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 11 30 at 01:51 PM • permalink

  46. This is a mere sideshow that distracts people from the growing threat of the international animal conspiracy.

    Posted by paco on 2006 11 30 at 02:47 PM • permalink

  47. Yeah, Rebecca, that’s just what those boring awards shows need, a good fight! 

    Mayhaps a catfight?  Imagine, two or more young, attractive actresses going off on each other, rending each other’s clothes, pulling hair, ripping off clothes, scratching, tearing clothes, biting…..

    Ratings would go through the roof!  It’s all there, action, drama, sex, violence, love, titillation, sorrow, bare skin…..

    And there’s even precendence on TV: professional wrestling! 

    They might even have a “Senior’s Division”, where oldsters like Barbara Streisand and Jane Fonda pummel each other.  Put that on Pay-Per-View, and I’d watch it (suitably soused so as to numb the pain of potentially seeing those semi to fully nekkid) just to see who has the most staying power.

    Too bad we can’t copyright this idea, eh?  But wronwright probably sewed that up long ago.

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2006 11 30 at 02:55 PM • permalink

  48. What do you expect? Under those dinner jackets, they’re just a drunken mob of self-congratulating, self-satisfied journalists. You’d get better behaviour at a Gold Coast hookers convention.

    Posted by Big Arnie on 2006 11 30 at 03:27 PM • permalink

  49. Selma Hayek vs Jennifer Connely. Mmmm… 

    Oooo! And Jessica Alba.

    Posted by aaron_ on 2006 11 30 at 03:41 PM • permalink

  50. Olsen Twins!

    Posted by aaron_ on 2006 11 30 at 03:47 PM • permalink

  51. Unfortunately, in order to get a ratings lift the awards show would have to advertise the coming bruhaha - call it a “grudge match” or something. Otherwise, the only people getting a ratings boost would be the newsies playing the tape over and over.

    Posted by mojo on 2006 11 30 at 04:00 PM • permalink

  52. #46 Paco—The international animal conspiracy is worse than I thought. Now they’re stealing our women!

    Posted by Evil Pundit on 2006 11 30 at 04:11 PM • permalink

  53. 52

    Now they’re stealing our women!

    Dear 35 year old Casino person. (and it matters not the gender) Haven’t you heard, it’s Jingle Bells not Jingle Balls, fer christ sakes.

    Posted by El Cid on 2006 11 30 at 04:19 PM • permalink

  54. Walkley Winner
    Newspaper Feature Writing - Jack Marx, Fairfax: I was Russell Crowe’s Stooge.

    A weird and bitter attack on Crowe borne of jealousy and envy. A mini-Masters hatchet job. Most unedifying.

    Interesting that NOT ONE commercial radio station managed a gong - and yet they do some wonderful work uncovering the dirt.

    Ah well, just another incestuous, discredited Lefty love-in.

    Posted by Bonmot on 2006 11 30 at 04:24 PM • permalink

  55. That was great. I’m sorry I went to bed early.
    I only wish that instead of shoving Mayne that Milne had come in with a big solid right hand.

    Posted by Hank Reardon on 2006 11 30 at 04:29 PM • permalink

  56. #47,  I don’t care about the naked part, but I’d pay money to see Barbara Streisand and Jane Fonda punch each other out (well, more like slap, scratch, and hair-pull).  I’d be in the front row throwing cups of Mt. Dew and popcorn in the ring, and yelling things like “Yeah, my mother could take you, grandma!”

    Won’t ever happen though, because they’re pacifists.

    Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 11 30 at 04:30 PM • permalink

  57. #52 Evil Pundit: Stabbing us, eating us, stealing our women. Next thing, they’ll be running off with our children.

    Posted by paco on 2006 11 30 at 04:35 PM • permalink

  58. Speaking of fights, ABC Online is reporting predictions that “there will be a resolution to the stand-off over the Labor leadership within days” and Andy Landy is saying that Heavy Kevvy is preparing to challenge. Malcolm Farr in today’s Tele says that the dumping will happen next Tuesday.

    Sounds like the ALP is getting ready to lose another election!

    Posted by Ian Deans on 2006 11 30 at 05:26 PM • permalink

  59. Indeed, a great pity Milne couldn’t land a solid right hook.

    In a profession populated by dickheads, Mayne is a dickhead’s dickhead.

    Posted by Stop Continental Drift! on 2006 11 30 at 05:31 PM • permalink

  60. That’ll make for good television. Oh wait.

    Posted by Pachael on 2006 11 30 at 05:45 PM • permalink

  61. Thanks a lot, aaron #50! My wife just walked in on that picture. Not that I was lingering or anything…

    Posted by Dminor on 2006 11 30 at 05:47 PM • permalink

  62. #41 El Cid, in this case it’s appropriate to quote Niles Crane:

    “Well, if it isn’t ‘float like a Lepidoptera, sting like a Hymenoptera.’”

    Posted by SoberHT on 2006 11 30 at 05:52 PM • permalink

  63. I blame the bad influence of the ‘Bumfights’ videos.

    Posted by cuckoo on 2006 11 30 at 05:55 PM • permalink

  64. Forget the awards, there’s something about people in tuxes having a fight that really works. Time to start planning for the 2007 Walkley Wrestling Federation!

    Posted by Margos Maid on 2006 11 30 at 06:07 PM • permalink

  65. If I didn’t know better, I would assume the Walkleys were like the Golden Raspberry awards.  The awardees are the ones I usually skip when reading the paper or choosing my night’s viewing.  It’s not that I haven’t tried to read, say Paul McGeough, but having read one piece do I need to read another?

    Posted by anthony_r on 2006 11 30 at 06:18 PM • permalink

  66. #64 MM, couldn’t agree with you more.  A tux makes you look like a penguin and feel like a goose.  But that should be no bar to fighting.  Every Aussie event should include a dust up.  Weddings, funerals, 21st birthdays, awards ceremonies, footie matches, days at the cricket… none of these is complete, no, none of these is Australian without a barney.

    Posted by anthony_r on 2006 11 30 at 06:29 PM • permalink

  67. Could someone please define “yarty?” The Ozzies seem to have assumed control of the language, leaving the Yanks scurrying to keep up.

    Posted by jlewis on 2006 11 30 at 06:42 PM • permalink

  68. The audience “looked on horrified”?

    That’s not the way it seems in the video.  They actually seem quite supportive of Milne.

    Posted by aaron_ on 2006 11 30 at 06:46 PM • permalink

  69. I am confused, what was Stephen Mayne doing at a journalist award night?

    Posted by captain on 2006 11 30 at 06:53 PM • permalink

  70. Walkley awards SMACKDOWN!!!!

    Posted by rbresca on 2006 11 30 at 06:57 PM • permalink

  71. SBS has the full video online.

    Posted by Flashman on 2006 11 30 at 07:02 PM • permalink

  72. I admit to being stunned that a) anyone still watches SBS and b) that if they did it would be to watch the Walkleys and not just hoping to see some bare flesh in a European movie.

    O/T but worth it: Opinion Journal has been running a series of letters in response to the remarks of Kerry and Rangel in the US to the effect that US servicemen and women are losers.  These letters are important and touching and I thought many of you would appreciate reading them.

    Posted by allan on 2006 11 30 at 07:21 PM • permalink

  73. Milne is the reason why I am very selectful about which MSM publications I read or view. Mayne is just a tosser, with a ‘mouthy’ attitude, he is not a journalist in the true sense, just a muck racker and opportunist. He reminds of those jerks at school who would mouth off, then run like blazes for the nearest authority figure for protection. Hell, we used to love beating the crap out of those ‘tools’. When I see Mayne, I think of the good old days.

    Posted by BJM on 2006 11 30 at 07:21 PM • permalink

  74. #67 Never heard of The Yarts? A yarty is someone who is into the yarts.

    Posted by JoeJr on 2006 11 30 at 07:21 PM • permalink

  75. Walkley winners….> boys club tim tam.

    Don’t forget Sydney Sun Herald is now Pro Islamic paper… oh goody!!

    Lebannon image Winning one is still Pro Islamic, you can see this through the eyes of the photographer. SMH made it look PRO ISLAMIC…It looks so anti jewish.  I could take this at lakemba set it up and make it look third world retouch it like islamic reuters and make a motsa of mulla…Any wonder the aussie government dosn’t know what is truths?

    Is that image truth? To who’s truth and did the journalist and image work well in protraying the illusion of it all?


    I think we should let the australian public know, it’s all an illusion…Can I trust you the journalist?

    Well, Love tim blair and his stories but can I trust the organisation? Does the organisation want profit? or real truths?

    Media contribute sometimes unknowingly to the illusion of truths…...

    Posted by 1.618 on 2006 11 30 at 07:25 PM • permalink

  76. p.s. good reporting tim blair on the above story..

    And the winner is

    Blair NEWS

    Posted by 1.618 on 2006 11 30 at 07:31 PM • permalink

  77. Danny Weidler winning a Walkley. What a joke.

    Danny is remembered as one of the fattest kids at Sydney High ever (and that’s saying something). On jewish fast days Danny used to smuggle food into school.

    My one memory of Danny on the rugby field is him being on the wing (a popular spot for hiding the less able, as the ball rarely went out there). One day when the ball did make its way to Danny he promptly fell over.

    I laugh whenever I see Weidler’s column. Imagine him judging people with sporting talent.

    Posted by The Mongrel on 2006 11 30 at 07:48 PM • permalink

  78. Speaking of upcoming fights - it would be fantastic if the Kimster and Rudd faced off during the leadership tussle coming up on Monday.

    Tonight live!!! The Bomber takes on the Rudder!!!! hmmm Kevin might have to work on that name.

    Posted by rbresca on 2006 11 30 at 07:54 PM • permalink

  79. #78, Trouble is, you have to have Julia Gillard parading around the ring in a swimsuit, holding up the Round Number cards.  Maybe Rudd could be ‘Kevlar Kevin’ or something like that.

    Posted by cuckoo on 2006 11 30 at 08:05 PM • permalink

  80. OT

    So, after going a month without being able to read this website because my ISP DNS server stopped resolving it (my ISP is Comcast), I switched to OpenDNS, and immediately got timblair.net to resolve again.  Yayyyy!  Now it stopped resolving LGF.  Damn!  Any DNS ideas?  Is this a vast idiotarian conspiracy?

    Posted by Dave in Chicago on 2006 11 30 at 08:08 PM • permalink

  81. I think Steven Mayne is a bit of a waste of time, but some of my friends think that he’s rather wonderful…  and they ask me, “Ben P, why would anybody loathe Steven Mayne?”

    So why do you, folks?

    Posted by Ben P on 2006 11 30 at 08:18 PM • permalink

  82. #81 Ben P -

    “Ben P, why would anybody loathe Steven Mayne?”

    So why do you, folks?

    Actually I’ve never heard of Steven Mayne in my whole life, same as virtually every other Australian TV or radio personality.  Course I’ve never heard of Ben P until now.  New commenter here?  Or a sock puppet?

    Posted by wronwright on 2006 11 30 at 08:26 PM • permalink

  83. It’s slap fights all over the place down there!  What’s the matter with you people? Did Paul Hogan score the only decent Bowie knife…?

    Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 11 30 at 09:22 PM • permalink

  84. EXTRA! EXTRA!

    Epistolic World Goes Hyperbolic over Cholic’s Alcoholic Frolic.

    Posted by TimT on 2006 11 30 at 09:37 PM • permalink

  85. Well, what you have had Mayne do to distance himself from a potential threat? No. Seriously. What could he have done in the position he suddenly found himself in that wouldn’t have you calling him a sook or a bully. Please enlighten me on what otherwise seems like a schoolyard attack on someone you don’t like. What would any of you have done had it been you? Being the smart folks you are, you’d know the consequences of your actions no matter how hastily put together under duress. No posturing please, I’m talking real action and real consequence.

    I thought that he handled it well and played to the media crowd who seemed to be enjoying the whole thing.

    The excuses of medication, disease and booze from society’s “respected” is excrutiatingly lame, wearing quite thin and is a huge double tandard compared to the charges a migraine suffering medicated someone like myself would receive had I done the same thing.

    Personally I think Mayne shouldn’t have been a political candidate, but I do enjoy how Crikey gets under people’s PR skin.

    Posted by Kris on 2006 11 30 at 09:40 PM • permalink

  86. The Mayne parents are members of the East Doncaster Uniting Church, Andersons Creek Rd. As is well-known the Uniting Church is a hot-bed of socialism*. 

    Mayne’s mother, Diana, is a piano teacher and rather neglected Mayne and his older two sisters in their formative years, preferring teaching.

    Stephen was always a hobbledehoy - tall, awkward, long horse-like face. He was friendless, a loner - hardly surprising given his annoying personality as a youth.  There was talk he had a learning difficulty.

    I also posted this on Andrew Landeryou’s blog.

    * The Methodist Church was a great church. The Presbyterian Church was a great church. ‘Muscular Christianity’ would describe them. Even the Congregational Church had its moments. The combination, the Uniting Church, is a church created by committee with the weaknesses of all three and the strengths of none. A pansy church with falling mostly- elderly membership except in areas of Asian immigration. ‘Church and Nation’, the magazine, makes The Age look conservative.

    Posted by walterplinge on 2006 11 30 at 09:41 PM • permalink

  87. The M&M show. Mixed emotions here. A bit like seeing your mother in law drive over a cliff in your new Mercedes.

    Milne almost single handedly brought about the push for Costello back in June. It was a synthetic push to oust Howard and install good pal Costello (big Press Secretary job for Glenn methinks). Anyway. it was a total fizzer but Milne still ranted on about it for months. Couldn’t let it go.

    As for Mayne - well I hear him sometimes talking to Virginia Trioli (natch) and he is a chardonay sipping leftoid trendoid wanker through and through.

    Anyway, if we have to have a winner, let it be Milne. He may have a bit of explaining to do back at headquarters tho.

    Posted by Bonmot on 2006 11 30 at 09:41 PM • permalink

  88. I thought the Howard Government sedition laws were the end of journalism as we know it? And yet last night all was in its rightful place.

    Pissed, pusillanimous, pugilists. Truly a new zenith for Australian journalism.

    Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2006 11 30 at 09:52 PM • permalink

  89. Now that SBS has been shown how to actually get someone to watch these awards they have taken the executive decision next year for Margo Kingston to suffer a “wardrobe malfunction” ala Janet Jackson style.

    Hey be thankful, some were arguing for her to lose her strides as well!

    Posted by the nailgun on 2006 11 30 at 10:18 PM • permalink

  90. Hey, with Glenn Milne actually making the news it sorta makes Currency Lad’s blog up-to-date again…

    Posted by anthony_r on 2006 11 30 at 11:11 PM • permalink

  91. Walterplinge, you utter creep. So Mayne’s parents attended church. Jesus Christ, so what? Playing the man’s parents; that’s nasty stuff, and the sort of crap you’d expect to see on a gossip website.

    Other than that, it’s an interesting and enjoyable YouTube, if a little sad. I fear Mayne and some of his colleagues don’t have an elevated sense of treating others well or of journalistic integrity.

    Posted by abcd on 2006 11 30 at 11:16 PM • permalink

  92. #91 I don’t know if Walter was attacking the <strike>creep’s</strike> presenter’s parents.  After all, some people like a hot-<strike>bod</strike>-bed of socialism.

    Posted by Brett_McS on 2006 11 30 at 11:21 PM • permalink

  93. Hi wronwright

    I have commented here before - possibly on issues about which you have no interest

    Posted by Ben P on 2006 11 30 at 11:25 PM • permalink

  94. #93 Ben: I am reliably informed that the only sure way to attract wronwright’s interest is to use the words “buxom wench” in your comment. His ears stand up just like Lassies’, on hearing Timmy’s plaintive voice calling for help from the bottom of the well.

    Posted by paco on 2006 11 30 at 11:34 PM • permalink

  95. #94, either that or threaten to drink all his mead.  He gets very tight-jawed if you try to drink all his mead.  Or steal his medieval weapons.  Or sic bees on him.

    Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 11 30 at 11:48 PM • permalink

  96. #91 - Lighten up Darlene. Re-read the post. It’s bit of anti-Stephen Mayne gossip. Besides, I know the family and you don’t.

    Posted by walterplinge on 2006 11 30 at 11:55 PM • permalink

  97. Found: One spear and an old flask with Sumerian inscribed upon it. Please contact front desk.

    Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2006 11 30 at 11:56 PM • permalink

  98. #85, If Mayne had any balls, he would have stood his ground and responded with a right jab and a left hook and followed up with a front kick to that big fat stomach. Milne would have gonet sprawling on his even fatter arse. Mayne would have become an instant hero and it would have been great TV. That’s the sort of entertainment the Australian public wants to see on its screens. Instead we got Mayne the wimp.

    Posted by mr magoo on 2006 11 30 at 11:58 PM • permalink

  99. The Walkley’s: Pity the cleaning staff who must clean up after a 1000 strong circle jerk.

    Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2006 12 01 at 12:04 AM • permalink

  100. Please guys, remember: what happens in journalists’ fight club, stays in journalists’ fight club.

    Posted by cuckoo on 2006 12 01 at 12:13 AM • permalink

  101. Well Tim, going on your atitude to the assault on Mayne, you will have no objection if some drunk takes a dislike and pushes you over. And of course any sign of fear from you will be just fodder for ridicule.

    Posted by pinochet on 2006 12 01 at 12:15 AM • permalink

  102. #101, it wouldn’t be a drunk, but more likely an hysterical leftoid…

    Posted by anthony_r on 2006 12 01 at 12:21 AM • permalink

  103. Milne’s excuses are lame to say the least.  A more reliable explanation is: “in vino veritas”.

    Posted by Ubique on 2006 12 01 at 12:30 AM • permalink

  104. #98: I don’t disagree, but what would the media outcome of such an event be? I’d really like to know what Tim might have written had Mayne stood his ground and retaliated.

    “Political failure Mayne bashes cancer/migraine sufferer infront of shocked media dignitaries. Child cries.”

    What if (for a fanciful example) Mayne were Bush/Howard/Beazly/Yellow Wiggle and some pisshead charged the stage him calling him a disgrace with the recipient employing the same (lol dare I say it…) cut and run tactic?

    “Mighty hero of the western world thinks quickly on their huge feet (and we all know what that means eh ladies) to narrowly escape impending violence from crazed, screaming lunatic. Crowd of hundreds cheer. Child laughs innocently.”

    The condescending tone towards Mayne for distancing himself is really pretty weak. Backing away and leaving it to the stage managers (who were onto it pretty quickly) was pretty much his only safe/reasonable course of action…and yet he’s a pussy for not plunging into Milne’s chest and showing him his still beating heart.

    Posted by Kris on 2006 12 01 at 12:31 AM • permalink

  105. #104, maybe something similar to Prince Charles’s reaction when a deranged protestor ran on stage firing (what turned out to be) a starter’s pistol.  That was back in the early 90s and NSW Premier “Knuckles” Fahey crash-tackled the attacker while Charles’s security had to hustle him away.  These days Chuck is a pantywaisted, organic farming, outdated architecture loving loon, but at least they didn’t have to rescue him from under the stage…

    Posted by anthony_r on 2006 12 01 at 12:57 AM • permalink

  106. While Mayne may have been “giving the sign” to Milne at the event, it was a disgraceful display by Milne that did him no credit.  I really thought it happened so quickly and in such circumstances that few of us would have had the presence of mind to react differently than Mayne did on this occasion.  The news report that stated that others looked on in horror really gave credit where none was due.  Basically from the video it appears there was clapping and catcalls.  In a profession already so demeaned, this did no favours.

    “In vino veritas” as noted above puts it mildly.

    Posted by allan on 2006 12 01 at 01:09 AM • permalink

  107. #105: Must have missed the bit with Mayne being rescued. Looked to me like he was on his own what with the stage managers handling the situation as they should, much like Charlie’s security team did.

    Forgive me if I’m not reading the correct intonation on what may be a joke, but it is these made up, degrading (some only slightly) comments towards Mayne that are bugging me. Hey, everything is ok and opinions are great but some of that good wholesome truthiness with a dash of balance wouldn’t go astray at times.

    *sigh* I guess I’m just burnt out and tired of seeing the players getting roasted while the main game goes to the dogs.

    Posted by Kris on 2006 12 01 at 01:12 AM • permalink

  108. #82

    As usual, wronwright is onto something. This subject seems to have created some new members.

    Posted by Margos Maid on 2006 12 01 at 01:14 AM • permalink

  109. Hardly the Mayne event.

    Posted by boxofmatches on 2006 12 01 at 01:19 AM • permalink

  110. #108: Been reading a few months, first postings and nearing the end of my media tether. TGIF :)

    Don’t mind me. I usually only turn up when I think things are a might unfair or misleading. Just ask Bolta ;)

    Posted by Kris on 2006 12 01 at 01:23 AM • permalink

  111. Geoffrey BernardGlenn Milne is unwell.

    Posted by RexW on 2006 12 01 at 01:43 AM • permalink

  112. #101

    Wittle Stephen?  Is that you?  Do you always talk about yourself in the third person?

    Posted by murph on 2006 12 01 at 04:28 AM • permalink

  113. It’s Friday! Time to get completely Milned!

    Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2006 12 01 at 04:34 AM • permalink

  114. I subscribed to Crikey! for a while when Mayne ran it.

    Once, I e-mailed in a bit of gossip on a topic that he was running hard on at the time and where I had a fair bit of inside info (used a nom de guerre, of course).  I emphasised it was “gossip only - just background info for his information.  Not to be reproduced or attributed”.

    Sure enough, the very next day it was reproduced by him without any of the qualifications.  I guess I knew that was a possibility, but the brazenness did surprise me.  When I challenged him, he said to the effect “I didn’t give your name out, so what’s the problem?”.

    I still have the e-mails and am waiting until he sticks his neck out far enough and I’ll delight at sending them out to whoever he’s combating at the time.

    Posted by Stop Continental Drift! on 2006 12 01 at 04:54 AM • permalink

  115. Crikey A Milne Pooh Bear

    Posted by stackja1945 on 2006 12 01 at 06:17 AM • permalink

  116. Well Tim, going on your atitude to the assault on Mayne, you will have no objection if some drunk takes a dislike and pushes you over. And of course any sign of fear from you will be just fodder for ridicule.

    For some reason I can’t see Tim showing “any sign of fear” if a drunk tries to push him over. Instead, I see Tim laughing and shoving back. Drunk falls on arse, much hilarity ensues.

    So what I’m saying, pinochet, is maybe you should lay off the sauce.

    Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2006 12 01 at 07:05 AM • permalink

  117. (hmmm.  nice sleep.  cuddles with teddy.  zzzzzzzzz)

    buxom wenches ...

    (stirs)

    mead ...

    (waaa?  stirs)

    Spear of Destiny.  Shield of Harold I.  In the hands of others ...

    (bolts upright)

    I better check the locks.

    Posted by wronwright on 2006 12 01 at 07:07 AM • permalink

  118. #107 fair enough.  I’ve seen the full video now and my only recourse is to plead fake but true.

    Posted by anthony_r on 2006 12 01 at 08:28 AM • permalink

  119. Mmmm…. mead.

    Posted by aaron_ on 2006 12 01 at 08:47 AM • permalink

  120. 107. Oh come off it Kris. EVERYONE who places himself before the public as a celebrity (albeit minor celebrity) subjects themselves to public ridicule.  If he’s not a big enough boy to take it, then he needs to get the hell out of the footlights.  And why not complain about the way Howard is ridiculed? Or does your compassion only run for those you care for?

    Posted by Texas Bob on 2006 12 01 at 09:11 AM • permalink

  121. #85 in all seriousness Kris, and Debrett’s is quite explicit on this, the appropriate course would have been for Mayne to throw himself off a large edifice (much larger than the stage) or take a short walk in the garden with the Webley. The fact that he didn’t displays a distinct lack of breeding and suggests he is going to bore us for quite a little while longer with his ‘activism’.
    In the case of Milne, Debrett’s says he should drink another case of vodka and call Rup to tell him what he thinks.

    Posted by hooligan on 2006 12 01 at 09:27 AM • permalink

  122. #116: Oh, good lord! Not pinochet again? I thought he was under house arrest in Santiago?

    Posted by paco on 2006 12 01 at 09:28 AM • permalink

  123. #66 rebase, I went to a christening party in Campsie (near Lakemba) which got out of hand where someone rushed out to retrieve a gun from his boot (trunk).  OK, that was in the early 80s and the Lebs were few and far between then.  Needless to say, it was the talk of the town for some time.  Now it’s so passé there.

    Posted by Crossie on 2006 12 01 at 09:35 AM • permalink

  124. #91 Darlene -

    Walterplinge, you utter creep.

    I think we could do without the name calling, especially with regards to respected and longtime commenters here.

    Posted by wronwright on 2006 12 01 at 09:44 AM • permalink

  125. 91. Never mind them Darlene, I still love you.

    Posted by Texas Bob on 2006 12 01 at 09:56 AM • permalink

  126. #123 That was some christening and probably one of the last to take place in that area!

    Posted by anthony_r on 2006 12 01 at 08:42 PM • permalink

  127. #120 Actually Bob, outside of comedy I dislike all forms of ridicule of a person in an argument/discussion when it is not the real point of an issue…which in this case is “drunk journalist Glenn Milne is removed from stage after pushing and yelling at presenter Stephen Mayne who jumped from off stage”

    Whether Milne is fat or Mayne gangly has absolutely nothing to do with it. Big whoop if Mayne didn’t get all Chuck Norris on Milne’s ass or he didn’t impale himself on a boom mic jumping from the stage.

    It’s just not relevant. Neither are the little munchkin’s freakish eyebrows.

    Posted by Kris on 2006 12 02 at 10:43 AM • permalink

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