This story won’t please Professor Bunyip, whose third greatest pleasure in life (after castigating Phillip Adams for alleged serial plagiarism, and futilely fantasising about fornicating with firm young female flesh) is ridiculing the commercial acumen of Fairfax boss Fred Hillmer:
Australian newspaper publisher John Fairfax Holdings Ltd said today that it expected further earnings growth in the coming year after it more than doubled its net earnings for 2003/04.
Fairfax today reported a net profit of $276.014 million for 2003/04, compared to $125.53 million in the previous year.
I strongly suspect this result wasn’t achieved through giving away copies of The Age (the Bunyip’s latest anti-Hillmer gambit). Will the Professor face up squarely to the uncomfortable reality of a resurgent Fairfax? Or will he hide like a sulky child, like that other great RWDB hero Tim Blair, who lets his repulsive stormtrooper offsider Andrea Harris do his talking (or rather banning) for him when he can’t think of a (half) witty riposte? To his great credit, the Professor has always seemed to be made of sterner stuff than T1, and even
fulsomely unreservedly apologises when he’s wrong. The gauntlet has been thrown down.