September 16, 2003

MARGO'S SCOOP

Since Margo Kingstonís revelation that Andrew Wilkie (Wilke? Willkee? Wilkey?) was writing reports for something called the ANO instead of the ONA, the reason for his opposition to war suddenly becomes clear.

UPDATE. Geoff Honnor, a terrific writer, thrills to the entertainment of Circus Margo.

Posted by Tim Blair at September 16, 2003 03:37 PM
Comments

I like margie's "insecure airports" line. The airports lack confidence?

Posted by: roscoe p at September 16, 2003 at 04:30 PM

Fisking Margo is the Australian export industry of the future.

Posted by: Evil Pundit at September 16, 2003 at 04:46 PM

Seriously, how long can the SMH tolerate this. She fails the most basic test of journalism time and time again. Names wrong, dates wrong, places wrong, people wrong...it's all wrong, wrong, wrong. As a young Age newspaper cadet under the tutelage of Collingwood and fitness club bandit Ranald MacDonald, I would have been dismissed for these most basic of errors. But not Margo. Please, Tom Burton, anyone, act now. Send her to Indymedia where she belongs.

Posted by: Margo's First 18 at September 16, 2003 at 06:13 PM

Seriously, how long can the SMH tolerate this. She fails the most basic test of journalism time and time again. Names wrong, dates wrong, places wrong, people wrong...it's all wrong, wrong, wrong. As a young Age newspaper cadet under the tutelage of Collingwood and fitness club bandit Ranald MacDonald, I would have been dismissed for these most basic of errors. But not Margo. Please, Tom Burton, anyone, act now. Send her to Indymedia where she belongs.

Posted by: Margo's First 18 at September 16, 2003 at 06:14 PM

What's a ``tintookie''?

Posted by: AdaKizi at September 16, 2003 at 09:06 PM

I think "tintookie" is an obscure, old Australian slang word for "puppet".

Posted by: Evil Pundit at September 16, 2003 at 11:54 PM

The "Tintookies" were this incredibly moth-eaten puppets that used to be infilicted on regional Australian children in the interest of their artistic development. I am surprised that the odd bored viewer didn't take pot-shots at the decrepit muppets at every show I was dragged to as a child. No wonder I hate nationalised arts. Anyway, Wee Willie Wilkie is in more shit than Flash Gordon over how his secret squirrel file came to public notice, and if he is now relying on investigative journalist Margo to bring out the truth, I think he might believe he is channelling Kim Philby.

Posted by: habib bickford at September 17, 2003 at 12:19 AM

There was a particular puppet show getting around Australia in the '50s called "The Tintookies". I hadn't heard the term used for decades until it was recently revived by the Hon P J Keating while frothing at the mouth and casting around for new bile-laced insults to hurl. It was as quaint and antiquated as PJ's grand vision of Australia itself.

TFK

Posted by: Bob Bunnett at September 17, 2003 at 12:24 AM

Habib beat me to it. I see that he was probably a Queensland kid in the '50s too. Funny how he got to be called "Habib", but.

Posted by: Bob Bunnett at September 17, 2003 at 12:27 AM

Hey thanks Tim! Even Margo - taking a well-earned break from fearlessly smashing the state - has popped in to contribute....... :)

Posted by: Geoff Honnor at September 17, 2003 at 10:01 AM

Well Geoff, Margo posted a comment. I wouldnt necessarily call it a contribution.

Posted by: unit at September 17, 2003 at 02:33 PM

How can we forget the time Margo came back from Byron Bay ( my personal opinion is that the place has the best collection of beach gals in the world) and told us that in the interest of conservation she would no longer flush the toilet when she took a pee. Flushing was only for dumping.
And some of you guys want to take her off the screen. Are you mad. This woman is the best laugh going around. Enjoy her. Fairfax is paying not us.

Posted by: jc at September 18, 2003 at 12:41 AM