The Australian‘s Media Diary announces:
THE Australian’s Paul Kelly has decided not to participate in a debate with historian Robert Manne on his essay, Bad News, which focuses on the newspaper and its role in Australian life.
The cancellation of his appearance follows a response by Kelly to Manne’s essay published in The Australian last Thursday.
Last night [Editor of The Australian, Chris] Mitchell told Diary: “The Australian has finished with the issue.’’
The Australian devoted eight thousand words to Manne’s essay on the weekend, in addition to Kelly’s spray on Thursday, but now it’s done? Forgive me if I think that this looks like the Oz is leaving the field because they’ve realised that their effort to date has done nothing more than provide further examples of the type of behaviour that Manne criticised.