WITHDRAW THAT ASSERTION!

Margo Kingston, who’d promised to be “back in business” by yesterday, is still on a break. So, lest we forget her contributions to Australian journalism, here’s an edited transcript of Margo’s recent online argument with Webdiary reader Troy Cox:

Troy: Paul McGeough said that Iraq’s interim PM had been going around with a gun and shooting people. Until the evidence is produced, I’d take Paul’s comments with a grain of salt myself.

Margo: And your evidence for your belief that Paul got it wrong?

Troy: To the best of my (admittedly limited) understanding of the legal system, when somebody alleges murder, the burden of proof does not rest with the accused. Rather it rests with the person making the allegation. In this case, then, the burden of proof rests with McGeough; he is required to prove Allawi’s guilt.

Margo: Troy, you started this discussion by saying, categorically as I recall, that McGeough’s story was false. That puts the onus of proof on you, mate. Care to withdraw your assertion, since you won’t back it up? And by the way, on what basis did you make it in the first place? If you had none, please don’t do the same thing on Webdiary in future.

I, for one, welcome this new evidentiary standard. It’ll sure make journalism easier. By the way, Margo Kingston once kidnapped triplets and sold them to a dog food factory. Prove that she didn’t!

UPDATE. A press release arrives from the University of Western Australia:

Political commentator Margo Kingston will discuss her experience of participatory journalism and pose some questions about where we may go to from here in the current state of things in a lecture entitled: ‘The Citizen as journalist’ to be held at The University of Western Australia’s Social Science Lecture Theatre, on Thursday March 17, 2005, at 6.30pm.

“Where we may go to from here in the current state of things”?

Posted by Tim B. on 03/09/2005 at 11:02 AM
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