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Last updated on August 9th, 2017 at 10:44 am
The Macbeth fraud is plausible because it fits the facts, which is why I was willingly deceived by the lurid when I should have based my argument on the trustworthy but less colourful evidence.
The Macbeth fraud was exposed several weeks prior to Lane’s column; he simply didn’t bother to check. Previous fake-but-true claims here.
UPDATE II. Andrew Bolt: “Columnist Terry Lane today dug an even deeper hole for himself in apologising for having fallen for the Jesse Macbeth hoax. If the Sunday Age last week felt able to reject his offer to resign, it should this week insist that he do.”
UPDATE III. David Tiley: “Terry Lane has helped to sustain the culture of ABC radio for a long time. He has a good brain, a consistent morality, and is generally sceptical.”
UPDATE IV. A commenter at the OC: “Great message to send to the hacks: Write whatever bullshit you like and keep your job.”
UPDATE V. Letters to the Age:
I suggest Mr Lane Googles “Jesse Macbeth hoax” and then provide his readership with an explanation as to why his research is so consistently poor.
DANIEL WOLFE, Glenside, South Australia
Lane’s time at The Sunday Age and ABC must surely come to an end. He is incompetent. However, on a brighter note for him, he has a spot on Hezbollah TV with some fellow travellers if he’d like to take the 11am Lord Haw-Haw flight to Beirut.
PETER WISEMAN, Mandurang
Terry Lane’s endorsement of Jesse Macbeth’s fabrications brings great discredit and should bring great embarrassment (though I have scant hope of the latter) to the publishers, editors and other writers of The Sunday Age.
RICHARD McENROE, Hollywood, California
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