Chronology is the least of his problems

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Further to Sunday Age believerist Terry Lane’s problem of chronology regarding a December press release from PEER, here’s Lane’s January 14 column:

A recent press release from the organisation Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility draws attention to the fact that rangers in the Grand Canyon National Park are forbidden to answer visitors’ questions about the age of the canyon because the truth will upset Bush’s fundamentalist supporters.

That “fact” had been exposed as inaccurate at least eleven days previously. So much for checking and double-checking and triple-checking Lane’s sources, as the Age earlier promised. Delightfully, Lane is now being compared to a double-speaking Nixon press secretary …

Posted by Tim B. on 01/20/2007 at 01:20 PM
    1. does the Age not have stockholders?

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 01 20 at 01:51 PM • permalink


    1. Reading Fisk is like listening to a grammaer school kid try to lie his way out after being caught doing something bluntly stupid. Reading Lane is like listening to Fisk’s partner in crime. Give ‘em credit for being standup stubborn.

      Posted by GaryS on 2007 01 20 at 02:09 PM • permalink


    1. Lane and Fisk remind me of a certain type of ‘dumb insolence’ as the British Army used to say.  They more or less belligerently continue, unabated, to pour out their idiocy, secure in the fact that they can’t be touched for their behavior.  Would that they were truly ‘dumb’ in both speech and writing.

      Posted by JorgXMcKie on 2007 01 20 at 02:19 PM • permalink


    1. Well, that whole National Parks story would have been true in Bizarro World!  Terry Macbeth Lane’s articles merely must be read as representing the opposite of what the words he uses means!

      Posted by ushie on 2007 01 20 at 03:46 PM • permalink


    1. #1,
      The Age does indeed have ( very unhappy ) stockholders.
      The Age is part of Fairfax publishing group which also includes the SMH.
      In 1998 a Fairfax share was worth A$3. It leapt to $6 in mid 2000, fell to $3 by mid ‘03, bumped around $4 in ‘04 and ‘05 and recently rose to $5.
      The Age revenue base has been its hugh classified ads. section ( not circulation ) which is being eroded by the internet.
      Rises in the share price have been the result of take-over rumors not the business.
      I like to think of it as a large old dilapidated mansion in need of renovation, occupied by squatters.

      Posted by chrisgo on 2007 01 20 at 04:19 PM • permalink


    1. No Lane column in today’s Sunday Age, at least on the Web. I’d buy the paper version to see if there’s an editor’s note, but why encourage the bastards by giving them money?

      Posted by Phranger on 2007 01 20 at 04:41 PM • permalink


    1. The wisdom from Richard Mitchell I offered to Fisk in the last thread holds for Lane as well.  In fact, it holds for entirely too many of those who “inform” us.  Lane is definitely a pig, lurching and waddling on his back legs, pretending to be a thoughtful human being.  It’s a thoughtless man who never learns from his mistakes.

      Posted by saltydog on 2007 01 20 at 05:23 PM • permalink


    1. Lane said the park service had “backed down” in the past few days.

      What’s he talking about? Backed down from what? The directive that rangers were not permitted to talk about the age of the canyon? Is he kidding? Has he bothered to read any of the response to his column?

      Spent some time at the PEER website the other day:

      PEER is a national non-profit alliance of local, state and federal scientists, law enforcement officers, land managers and other professionals dedicated to upholding environmental laws and values.

      As a service organization assisting federal & state public employees, PEER allows public servants to work as “anonymous activists” so that agencies must confront the message, rather than the messenger.

      PEER says it has the distinct honor of serving resource professionals who daily cast profiles in courage in cubicles across the country. One of its featured national campaigns is to mitigate “animal fatalities” (aka roadkill) in National Parks. I kid you not.

      Posted by Kyda Sylvester on 2007 01 20 at 06:27 PM • permalink


    1. Lanes view : It’s a fact until it is checked. Therefore I will not check it and it will forevermore remain a fact.

      Posted by curious george on 2007 01 20 at 06:33 PM • permalink


    1. Terry Lane will go on prevaricating and stonewalling, because to admit that he was (willingly) taken in by another bogus story (yes, AGAIN), is to admit that he’s just another querulous, whiny old socialist who’s not very good at his job.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2007 01 20 at 06:43 PM • permalink


    1. p2 of The Sunday Age today:
      CLARIFICATION {This term is normally used when a ‘correction’ is not warranted}
      “In Terry Lane’s Perspective column last Sunday, he referred to a claim by US group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility that rangers at the Grand Canyon National Park are forbidden from answering questions about the age of the canyon. However, the National Parks Service disputes the claim, saying its rangers use the following answer: “The principal consensus among geologists is that the Colorado River basin has developed in the past 40 million years , and that the Grand Canyon itself is probably less than five to six million years old.”

      Actually, Lane said his crap about the canyon was ‘fact’. And note the weasel style of Age editor Peter Fray in pretending the controversy is just one of those ‘I says X’, ‘you says Y’ types of arguments, rather than one where Lane, in trying to prove Bush is an imbecile, does something imbecilic himself in quoting and endorsing lies from some activist group on the Net, without further checking.
      Further, turning now to the Letters page of The Sunday Age, Fray runs 14 letters, of which only one—the last one on the page—refers to the Lane piece. And this (carefully selected) letter makes NO reference to Lane’s big lie about the canyon rangers and Bush, instead it just waffles about Labor policy towards the US.
      In combination, this treatment of Lane’s gross unprofessionalism says it all about the professionalism of The Age. Letter referred to follows:
      Power to the US

      Like his Labor predecessors Hawke, Keating, Beazley and Crean, it is good to see new Labor leader Kevin Rudd is a keen supporter of the United States.
      Alas, poor Terry Lane does not like that.

      Lane, obviously a graduate of the Dr Jim Cairns school of outdated politics, has chastised Mr Rudd ( Sunday Age, 14/1). Terry Lane continues to bring us politics from the flower power days of the 1960s and ‘70s, which we all left behind when the Hawke government was elected in March 1983. It was then that we realised it was all a big mistake. Not Terry.

      The Labor leaders are far more privy to higher level information that would help them make the decision that it is proper for the Labor Party, and not just the Liberals, to be a supporter of the US.
      TONY GRAHAM, Carlton

      Posted by percypup on 2007 01 20 at 06:43 PM • permalink


    1. #8

      PEER says it has the distinct honor of serving resource professionals who daily cast profiles in courage in cubicles across the country.

      Didn’t George Michael get arrested from attempting to cast in a cubicle in Beverly Hills in 1998? Cast=toss=masturbate=wank according to my dictionary. They are brave wankers in public toilets across the country, is that what they saying?

      Posted by Contrail on 2007 01 20 at 07:13 PM • permalink


    1. Well how dare the NPR, although having the official version of the creation of the Grand Canyon predominantly on their website, allow the selling of a Creationist viewpoint book in a private shop!  That is giving credence to people that believe that their god created the feature as passed down through through their religion.
      Contrast the much more enlightened official Australian Government’s Department of the Environment and Heritage whose website states the extensively researched, scientifically correct fact about the creation of Ayer’s Rock as follows:-
      We, the traditional land owners of Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park, are direct descendants of the beings who created our lands during the Tjukurpa (Creation Time). We have always been here.
      This seems to definitely meet the approval of the Lane types, or they would already be blaming John Howard for it.

      P.S. Wonder what will happen when they realise that that info conflicts with the Muslim ownership of Australia as recently espoused by “Catmeat”?

      Posted by SezaGeoff on 2007 01 20 at 09:34 PM • permalink


    1. Cripes, nothing gets better. Lane has been replaced in the print version by Dowd.

      Posted by slatts on 2007 01 20 at 09:36 PM • permalink


    1. There is something creepy about Terry Lane. Very creepy indeed.

      And it goes back a long time.

      Speaking of the problem of chronology.

      Posted by geoff on 2007 01 20 at 10:06 PM • permalink


    1. geoff

      Good article, poor old “ankles” Lane really is a nasty piece of work.

      Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2007 01 20 at 10:17 PM • permalink


    1. In June 2004, there was this pleasant little controversy in Australia’s garden city and its cultural and arts capital.

      Art Attack

      When a City of Melbourne-sponsored “art” exhibit alleging that since the birth of Israel 5 million refugees have been created, 200,000 Palestinians have been killed, and 21,000 square kilometres have been annexed (more than all of Israel!), the objections of the Jewish community were predictable. While all mainstream Jewish organisations defend the rights of free speech, it was simply inappropriate for public money to go towards funding a blatant propaganda poster.

      Not unreasonable one might have thought. As did most of Melbourne’s media apparently. Certainly a matter that Melbourne’s Jewish community might be allowed a comment or two without being subjected to a classic antisemitic slur from one of the city’s leading newspapers.

      Not if Timeout Terry could have anything to do with it.


      The Sunday Age featured columnist Terry Lane, a long-time Israel basher who believes “the Zionist lobby in this country is malicious, implacable, mendacious and dangerous.”

      Wait. It gets worse.

      Posted by geoff on 2007 01 20 at 10:35 PM • permalink


    1. Terry Lane, Phillip Adams, Mike Carlton and their tiresome ilk are living, breathing proof positive of the old saying:-

      A man at age 20 who is not a socialist has no heart.
      A man at age 40 who is still a socialist has no brains.

      Posted by Bonmot on 2007 01 20 at 10:41 PM • permalink


    1. “It’s a problem of chronology,” he said.

      Precisely, Lane is a dinosaur … on the information superhighway …

      Posted by egg_ on 2007 01 20 at 10:47 PM • permalink


    1. Just checked the photo of Lane.
      As expected he has a beard. So does Phil Adams and most of the blokes at the ABC.
      What is it about Australian Marxists and Stalinists who insist on the beard? It’s almost like a secret handshake or some other daft right of passage into paranoid moonbattery.

      Posted by Bonmot on 2007 01 20 at 10:48 PM • permalink


    1. I was enjoying one of his prophetic columns  from 2005:

      Cry ‘Havoc’, let slip the dogs of capitalism
      January 23, 2005
      “John Howard’s planned changes to the institutions of government after July 1 will mean an end to democracy as we know it, writes Terry Lane.”

      And so it came to pass

      Posted by mark on 2007 01 20 at 11:16 PM • permalink


    1. 26 November 2006 and Timeout Terry seizes on this to stick the boot into the tiny country he loves to hate.

      Not Sporty, But Better Than US or Israel

      Researcher Simon Anholt polls 25,903 individuals around the world to see how they regard a group of nations. Australia comes in at number 10 on the overall rankings and is seen as a beaut place to visit, with friendly natives, but not too good at sport.

      Simon Anholt put Israel in the list of nations assessed for the third-quarter index and found that it ranked absolute dead last for perceived cultural heritage.

      Comments Mr Research:

      The political aspects of the country’s image appear to be contaminating perceptions of other areas of national interest that, in theory, should be unrelated.

      In fact, of 36 national brands tested, Israel’s ranked last on just about every criterion.

      Even in countries whose governments are vehemently pro-Israel, the ordinary people hold negative perceptions of Israel.

      And then he concludes, wait for it:

      While dislike and distrust of Israel is universal, no politician in a democracy will dare to campaign on an even-handed Middle East policy. To do so would be political suicide – or so they assume.

      However, if Anholt is right, the Israel lobby is more bluff than substance, but it would be a brave politician who would put the idea to the test.

      Hang on a moment. Rewind. What’s going on here. For decades Lane and people like him have been spewing classic antisemitic rants about an all powerful threat, straight from the grubbiest and foulest depths of their sordid and hateful imaginations about “the Zionist lobby in this country [which] is malicious, implacable, mendacious and dangerous.”

      And then he stumbles across a juicy snippet that he just can’t resist writing a column about. But a problem. It seems to conflict with the Jooos control all principle. What a condundrum.

      Solution? Simple. The Joooos are responsible for and control everything. Even antisemitic propaganda. All powerful Israel lobby?

      The Joooos are bluffing!!!

      Posted by geoff on 2007 01 20 at 11:21 PM • permalink


    1. How can it be a problem of chronology when the story was NEVER accurate?

      Posted by McAnzac on 2007 01 20 at 11:39 PM • permalink


    1. ‘Never’ is a chronological concept too, after all. Get with the nuance, son…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 01 21 at 12:16 AM • permalink


    1. Lane researching next column?

      Posted by egg_ on 2007 01 21 at 02:04 AM • permalink


    1. I was lookin’ up the paper
      Late the other night
      He was stirring up a storm
      and gave me such a fright
      Writing poison prose
      there in the moonlight
      It was Terry the Dinosaur
      I knew that if some saw him
      He’d never get away
      A dinosaur as big as that
      Ego-feeding night and day
      I’d have to find a place
      Where he couldn’t have sway
      Terry the Dinosaur

      Posted by egg_ on 2007 01 21 at 02:21 AM • permalink


    1. Not reading The Age, I had no idea he was an antisemite as well as a liar. I just thought he was a liar.

      Geoff, thanks for that link. Andrew Landeryou’s Blog of Freedom also pointed to it and notes that Terry Lane has form going back years.

      The Age deserves him.

      Posted by Dan Lewis on 2007 01 21 at 04:34 AM • permalink


    1. Terry (Lanes)


      Posted by curious george on 2007 01 21 at 06:11 AM • permalink


    1. Ha ha. Good one #28.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 01 21 at 06:46 AM • permalink


    1. #19: Precisely, Lane is a dinosaur … on the information superhighway …

      More like a dead possum off on the shoulder of the information superhighway.

      #15: Great link, Geoff. It’s fascinating to see that Lane’s fact-overlooking goes back decades. Why does this cantankerous, small-souled, prune-faced liar rate a job as a paid opinion writer? Hell, he’s not even in Mike Hudson’s league.

      Posted by paco on 2007 01 21 at 09:09 PM • permalink


    1. Here’s how I think it works.

      I send an email to a journalist, say Mr T. Blair, in which I make the claim that a journalist from The Age (one Terry Lane) has dropped dead while chasing a bunch of blokes who like to shave their legs and are riding bicycles about in the south of this country.  Mr T. Blair then writes the journalist’s obituary and it is published in one of our major newspapers.

      Therefore, until I back down, thereby fix the chronology problem and, in effect, resurrect him, Terry Lane is dead.  Anyone who sees him walking around, or lying around breathing, is entitled to declare him a zombie, a horror to all humankind, and respond appropriately.

      Would that be right?

      Posted by Janice on 2007 01 22 at 04:51 AM • permalink


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