I know that political journalism is a tough game, but … in the red corner Glenn Milne vs in the blue corner Stephen Mayne; live from Crown Casino!
DOING his part to reinforce journalism stereotypes, News Limited columnist Glenn Milne last night provided the stand-out memory of the industry’s Walkley Awards gala in Melbourne. As Crikey founder and previous Walkley winner Stephen Mayne was handing out the business gong to The Australian Financial Review’s Morgan Mellish, an emotional Milne appeared, uninvited, on stage. Having declared Mayne a “disgrace”, Milne lunged at the presenter and attempted, according to dozens of very reliable reporters present (well, it was early in the evening) to shove him off the stage. Cue bouncers, who frogmarched the unruly Canberra veteran out the door. [The Australian]
And even better the event was being broadcast live on SBS
And how do you respond to physical threats, with a *punch*line …
Not to be upstaged, the uninjured Mr Mayne dusted himself off and paid tribute to his detractor, saying “Ladies and Gentlemen, I have an announcement to make on behalf of (News Ltd owner) Rupert Murdoch.”
“That is the former Sunday Telegraph political correspondent Glenn Milne, sponsored by Fosters.” [The Age]
I think Mayne’s words are a good summary of the event “Come on settle down, it’s nothing special – just another pissed journo“.
The video is also available on the SBS Player