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Last updated on July 27th, 2017 at 12:55 pm
To: Gay Alcorn, Insight editor, The Age
From: Tim Blair
Dear Ms Alcorn,
On Saturday, your Insight section ran (reproduced here in part) the following unbylined piece:
Sydney Daily Telegraph columnist Malcolm Farr recently declared that ‘the right seems to be winning’ the Australian blogging commentary war. According to Farr, left-wing bloggers are a ‘bunch of whining, humourless, self-absorbed bores …’ Farr compared two blogs—Margo Kingston’s Webdiary (from the left, according to Farr) Tim Blair’s blog (from the right). Some of Blair’s comments were ‘oafish and infantile’, conceded Farr, but he reasoned that ‘someone who values and can deliver humour is, to my mind, someone who knows the world is flawed and that they themselves have the odd defect.’
And so on. The world being flawed and all, it’s inevitable that mistakes will sometimes appear in print; in the case above, your writer has clumsily altered Farr’s original line (“the views of some of his comment posters are oafish and infantile”). You’ll appreciate, I’m sure, that “Blair’s comments” are distinct from comments made by others at my site (which, it’s true, are often oafish and infantile … and usually posted by leftists).
So you’ll be publishing a correction, yes?
Thanking you in advance,
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