Dr Mumbo

Stephen Mayne and the perils of crossing a picket

When journalist, shareholder advocate and former Melbourne City Councillor Stephen Mayne decided to submit a story to The Age on the Melbourne City Council budget and Tweet proudly about his story just after Fairfax journos had walked out in protest over redundancies, Dr Mumbo reached for the popcorn.

The response was almost immediate from one of the Fairfax team standing on the picket.

But Mayne was confident in his position.

Judgement was swift.

But Mayne held firm and as the tweet stream audience grew the hounds of social media were unleashed.

And so it went, Mayne then turning his eye to The Age’s lack of local political coverage.

The defence continued, with Mayne noting he too had few outlets for his work.

But the battle was lost…

The S word had emerged and the back down began.

But not before a few more opinions were expressed.

And more.

And finally, capitulation … and a peace offering.

Yes, for Stephen Mayne, it had been a very long night indeed…


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