Tim Blair


New Criterion



Wednesday, December 04, 2002

It must be the Christmas madness striking early.

The 7.30 Report's Kerry O'Brien (the "world's greatest journalist") has taken to the first resort of the journalistic lightweight trying to look like a heavyweight; he's interrupting every response his subjects make before they get to finish a sentence.

The other night it was poor old Simon Crean, who was left looking like a washed-out wimp.

Tonight it was our favourite pantaloon, Lexy Downer, hosing down the fuss over Howard's "shoot first, ask later" strategy. The pantaloon refused to be cut short, leading to some undignified and unenlightening talk-overs, but coming out of it all the better.

Our Kerry closed the interview crowing with self-satisfaction.

Lightweight? Never!