When the Herald Sun last Sunday decided to run the now-discredited photographs it claimed were of Pauline Hanson, columnist Robyn Riley wrote a furious pre-emptive defence of her newspaper’s actions.
PAULINE Hanson may argue it is an invasion of her privacy for the Sunday Herald Sun to publish explicit photographs taken of her when she was a teenager.
The independent candidate for Beaudesert may say it was a mistake made in her youth and she should not be held accountable.
But she is wrong.
Ms Hanson, 54, is a public figure.
Public people are public property whether they like it or not.
Today the News Ltd. stable of tabloids is running a common editorial line, apologising for publishing photos now proven to be fakes (even though The Herald Sun goes further and apologises for publishing the photos at all) and Robyn Riley is forced to issue her own apology.
I am sorry, though, that I was so tough on Ms Hanson. In hindsight, I weighed into an issue before the facts were truly understood and I paid the price for that.
Well done for apologising, Robyn, but it seems that you wouldn’t have apologised if the photos were of Pauline Hanson.