ABCwatch

Tim Blair

Ombudsgod

New Criterion

 

 

Sunday, November 10, 2002
 
POLLYANNA PRESS

Henny (what crisis?) Herald's normal stock in trade is not optimism, but the old girl shows signs of reverting to that dauntless silver-lining-watching attitude she must have imbibed in her distant childhood when Ms Pollyanna expressed the latest in the feminine approach to life.

This is Henny's Saturday front-page topper: BOMBER SORRY AUSTRALIANS DIED. It could have been written by the Indonesian tourist office. It was certainly formulated by senior Indonesian police.

The headline should have said: BOMBER SORRY MORE AMERICANS NOT KILLED.

You'd have to be living in cloud-cuckoo land to see it Henny's way. You won't find the header on her Website.