This from Crikey today
Apology to Morry Schwartz
On Friday Crikey published an article by Guy Rundle which in part concerned Louis Nowra’s article in The Monthly on Germaine Greer.
Rundle quoted Germaine Greer as claiming: “ ‘The story is that Louis works for Morrie [sic] Schwartz, who commissioned a piece that involved two weeks in Bangladesh—where it costs a reasonable amount of money not to be killed — and then did not pay for the article, despite guarantees. He doesn’t like being told he’s wrong, hence the article.’ ‘’
Crikey accepts that Germaine Greer’s claim was entirely false and that in fact The Monthly paid Germaine Greer $23,518.74 for her unpublished article through her literary agents, Gillon Aitken & Associates, on March 28 2006.
Crikey apologises to Morry Schwartz for the false claim and the harm done to his reputation.
I wonder if the apology was part of a settlement or an attempt to reduce damages in a defamation suit? It was a pretty damaging statement about a publisher.