Pure Poison IconJoe Hildebrand and Simon Benson have been caught out after claiming that the lockout of Qantas employees and subsequent grounding of the fleet was due to the Prime Minister refusing to take a phone call from Qantas CEO Alan Joyce.

QANTAS CEO Alan Joyce would have abandoned his decision to ground the airline had Prime Minister Julia Gillard returned his call and promised to intervene directly in the union standoff.

The only problem? Both the Prime Minister and Mr Joyce have denied the claim this morning. So much for “Don’t write crap.”The question needs to be asked how this story ever saw the light of day when both of the principal people involved deny it? Was this simply an opportunity too good to miss for a paper that seems determined to denigrate the present government?

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