Dr Mumbo

NYT bureau chief’s Bondi blunder

The New York Times’ accident-prone Australian bureau chief Damien Cave has experienced another misfire, Dr Mumbo notes.

In Thursday’s weekly email to readers, Cave shared the story of visiting Bondi Beach with his family, for a fund raiser for the Mark Hughes Foundation, raising money for brain cancer research.

Hughes, a former Newcastle Knights fullback, started the foundation in 2013 with his wife Kirralee, after being diagnosed with the disease.

Cave told his readers: “We didn’t get to know Mark before he died, but we do know his family and the way that his friends, supporters and neighbors have rallied to the cause has been an inspiration.”

Dr Mumbo thinks it odd that if Cave really does know Mark Hughes’ family as he claims, he was unaware that Hughes is in fact is alive, albeit still needing regular scans, as Nine’s Today show revealed this week while covering the same event:

A couple of hours later, a new version of the email was in reader inboxes, with Cave offering an apology, and his claim to know Hughes’ family now removed. Instead, there was a reference to the death of Nine’s former NRL boss Matt Callander in 2017.

Regardless, those wanting to support the beanies for brain cancer initiative can do so through this link.

The corrected version followed later

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