The Daily Examiner 8th May 2012:
IN YESTERDAY'S Daily Examiner it was reported Metgasco's booth at the Grafton Show was not manned on Friday and Saturday.
This is incorrect. Metgasco staff, including CEO Peter Henderson, manned the booth from 9am-5pm on both days.
The Daily Examiner apologises to Metgasco and its staff for any problems this error may have caused.
Sounds very like The Daily Examiner committed another blooper, doesn’t it? Except that neither the newspaper nor journalist Claire Simmons said that this CSG mining corporation’s stall was unmanned all day on Friday and Saturday.
What The Daily Examiner actually wrote on 7th May 2012 was:
Mining company Metgasco established an information stand at the Grafton Show, but their opponents were unable to locate any mining foot soldiers.
"We were disappointed we were unable to locate any Metgasco representatives at their stall at the Grafton Show," said Denise Deane of the Clarence Valley Against CSG Alliance.
What one earth was the editor thinking in publishing that craven apology for something the newspaper never wrote? Even the Australian Press Council wouldn't have required a retraction in this language, so how heavy was Metgasco playing it with APN management?
And was Metgasco telling The Egg Timer that its representatives have bladders of prodigious capacity and the internal fortitude of camels – that on two consecutive days, for eight hours at a time, none of them ever left that stall for either food, drink or a comfort stop?
Pull the other one lads!