They say a week is a long time in politics so maybe that’s how long it takes for a political scribe to get over the embarrassment of making a major mistake in a think piece.
The journo whom The Bug thinks should be blushing right now and may take that long for her face to return to its normal colour is the Sun Herald’s Jacqueline Maley.
In an otherwise excellent piece on where Australian democracy is headed if average Australians don’t take a stand against the shit they’re being fed – okay, we’re paraphrasing here but them’s the basics – Maley declared that the caretaker period for last May’s federal election began on April 4 (below).
It actually began a week later on April 11 – at 8.29am in fact – when Mr Morrison called the election.
All that is terribly important because it’s now been revealed that the list of approved applicants for the now infamous Sports Australia grants was still being tinkered with hours after the Parliament was prorogued.
And that’s especially crucial now that sacked minister Bridget McKenzie has insisted, albeit not on a stack of bibles yet, that she had no input over the sports grants scandal since she sent her final list to Sports Australia on …. wait for it… April 4.
And that’s the date we suspect Ms Maley has had her regrettable brainfade over.
So, should we carry on so much about a simple brainfade, seeing we all make mistakes from time to time?
Well, yes, we should. Maley is a highly paid and experienced commentator of politics. We expect her to get things right – especially on something as crucial as the relevant dates of an issue she tells us is at the very core of an attack on our democracy through an erosion of respect for parliamentary practice and ministerial responsibility.
By the way, we have discounted the theory that Maley got the date right and it has in fact been a sub-editor who’s had the brainfade.
Firstly, there are no sub-editors – a casual glance through any copy of the Sun Herald or its sister paper The Sydney Morning Herald shows that – and even if there were, it’s impossible to believe they would think they knew more about federal politics than Maley does …. or to be more accurate … should.