“Think about it,” he wrote in The Australian. “John Westacott, widely regarded as the king of chequebook journalism, lecturing the National Press Club about principle?”
“Or Ray Martin, the former face of that nightly paragon, A Current Affair? And then there’s Laurie Oakes.”
Milne has quite a bit to say about an unfair Nine, reminding them they agreed not to host the worm when they hosted the 2004 Debate. The NPC, he claims, was equally compliant with the rules, as dictated by the governing party.
But Milne also admits the processes didn’t work so well, a problem the board will seek to address.
“As a result it will likely appoint an editorial oversight group to steer such events in the future and be in the backrooms with NPC executives on the night to take editorial, as distinct from contractual, decisions,” he said.
A footnote on Milne’s article indicated the NPC endorses his expressed views and that he is a journo for The Australian as well as being the NPC Vice President.
The footnote neglects to mention Milne is also a former Chief Political Reporter for the Seven Network, and the bloke who had a go at Crikey’s Stephen Maine at the 2006 Walkley Awards.