Call it Quadrant Online’s tortured-with-a-hot-muffler moment. Early this morning, February 6, 2014, we published a letter purportedly written by a serving naval officer in which the ABC was taken to task for its reporting of Operation Sovereign Borders. Quadrant Online declined to name the alleged author until the provenance of the letter could be verified. Six hours after posting the missive was revealed as a hoax.
Turns out it was no letter at all but a cut-and-paste of The Australian‘s editorial from January 23 with the name of a RAN commander appended by an unknown party, presumably in an effort to give it greater credibility. For the record, the original story, preceded by an updated editor’s note, can be read here.