ROBERT MANNE is stepping away from The Monthly, the magazine's eager young editor telling Caroline Overington that his mentor is keen to "start blogging on a daily basis, and he wanted to do so as his own man, rather than as chairman of The Monthly. He wanted to express his own views, freely and independently, and he was worried that people might think that his views were those of the magazine, if he stayed on as chairman."
That may prove to be the case, but a reasonable person cannot help but wonder if Bundoora Bob might not have been tapped for another little project. As we all know, there is much talk at the moment about the need to examine the state of Australia's media, and the first priority of any government establishing such a panel will always be to produce the conclusions its backers expect -- in this instance that Rupert Murdoch is the spawn of Satan and the noble Fairfax press could do with a handout..
Who better to make sure the inquiry produces all the right findings than the LaTrobe academic (please forgive that contradiction in terms)? Now that he has severed his Monthly connection, we will probably see the announcement of Manne's involvement soonish.He will not need any riding instructions.