Journalism

The Sharon Gould Affair

The last edition of Quadrant arrived on the newsstands in a hot flush of publicity over a “hoax” played on editor Keith Windschuttle. Anti-GM campaigner Katherine Wilson had submitted an article under the pseudonym “Sharon Gould”. After Quadrant had gone to press, she gleefully confessed that she had made up some elements of her story and lied to the editor about her identity. In the midst of the summer news drought the word hoax was greeted by the Australian media as a refreshing distraction. Crikey’s Margaret Simons broke the story on the morning of January 6 and it was picked…

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