4wds banned - a RETRACTION FROM PAPER!

Submitted: Wednesday, Mar 23, 2005 at 15:51
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Column 8 retracts unreservedly the item about 4WDs being banned from the Coles/K-Mart carpark in Katoomba (Column 8, Monday). Well, almost unreservedly. It turns out that there is a height restriction in parts of the carpark of 1.8 metres, and that this will restrict some 4WDs from entering some parts of the carpark. The avalanche of mail we have received on this has ranged from polite corrections to abuse, but we were wrong, so we'll cop it.

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Reply By: Lone Wolf - Wednesday, Mar 23, 2005 at 18:25

Wednesday, Mar 23, 2005 at 18:25
What annoys me, is when the print media get it wrong, and retract, or print an apology, it's ALWAYS on some obscure page we don't read, in a font that we need to wear glasses, and about 2 weeks after the event.

Now, what would be good, is if they printed the apology on the same page as the original...... same big weapon headline...... same fonts....... some photo's of the journo who got it wrong........ time and place of his public whipping............

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Follow Up By: V8Diesel - Wednesday, Mar 23, 2005 at 18:35

Wednesday, Mar 23, 2005 at 18:35
Spot on!
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Follow Up By: Smudger - Wednesday, Mar 23, 2005 at 19:42

Wednesday, Mar 23, 2005 at 19:42
No doubt reaction from this forum played a major role in forcing this addmission from the sheep at SMH. Well done! We should keep on top of it and, as the man said ..Keep the bastards honest. More power to the fourbies!!
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Follow Up By: Member - Brian (Gold Coast) - Wednesday, Mar 23, 2005 at 19:45

Wednesday, Mar 23, 2005 at 19:45
Well... actually the original article went to print in Column 8 and the retraction is in Column 8..... I know what you're saying but fairs fair, in this instance.... for a change, they have got it right.

The height bars aren't just for 4wds.... there are lots of vans and smaller trucks that will be disadvantaged by them as well....

I emailed Column 8 about 4wds yesterday.... wondering IF they print it!
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Follow Up By: Member - Pesty (SA) - Wednesday, Mar 23, 2005 at 20:48

Wednesday, Mar 23, 2005 at 20:48
In your dreams Wolfie, it doesnt happen !!!
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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Wednesday, Mar 23, 2005 at 20:56

Wednesday, Mar 23, 2005 at 20:56
How ever poor it may be perceived by some, It was still a retraction.

And we have had damn few of those printed during the anti 4wd debate.
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Reply By: Lyds - Wednesday, Mar 23, 2005 at 22:58

Wednesday, Mar 23, 2005 at 22:58
The carpark at the Katherine Visitors Centre has a height limit of 2.7 metres. From what I could tell, the sign is the lowest point (perhaps the only low point) in the open air carpark. :-)

It may be to keep Giraffes out; I didn't see any while I was there.
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Follow Up By: Member - iMusty (VIC) - Thursday, Mar 24, 2005 at 08:58

Thursday, Mar 24, 2005 at 08:58
I'm not an engineer.

I don't know what the height limits are for, especialy in an "open air carpark". SO, I'll admit ignorance.

There MUST be some reason? Be it legal, weight, height, Whatever.

As I said I don't know. But lets not go bagging stuff we DON'T understand. It makes US look foolish and ignorant. Not respected.

iMusty.

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Follow Up By: Lyds - Thursday, Mar 24, 2005 at 09:32

Thursday, Mar 24, 2005 at 09:32
Sorry that I made you look foolish Musty.

But when you see a :-) and the word Giraffe in the same note then the idea is not to take it too seriously.

BTW, I have added the photo of it to my gallery so hopefully you'll see the lighter side to it.
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Follow Up By: Member - iMusty (VIC) - Thursday, Mar 24, 2005 at 10:26

Thursday, Mar 24, 2005 at 10:26
I'll cop that one fair on the chin. :-)

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Follow Up By: Glenn D - Monday, Mar 28, 2005 at 22:08

Monday, Mar 28, 2005 at 22:08
Hows it going Lyds,

A nicely composed photo, I may be wrong, but I could swear there was a row of carports to the left convieniently out of shot when I was there a few months ago.

Maybe a 2.7m limit keeps the giraffe's out but lets the donkeys in.

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Follow Up By: Lyds - Monday, Mar 28, 2005 at 22:27

Monday, Mar 28, 2005 at 22:27
Those carports must be new then :-)

Glenn, don't let facts get in the way of a dubious story.
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Reply By: Kazza055 - Wednesday, Mar 23, 2005 at 23:01

Wednesday, Mar 23, 2005 at 23:01
I just emailed column 8 the following:

Good to see you had the guts to retract your store but how about now retracting your retraction and get rid of the words "1.8 metres, and that this will restrict some 4WDs ". Why have you ONLY referred to 4WD vehicles? Do you not realise that people movers, work/delivery vans and even the humble sedan fitted with roof racks may also have problems. What is the "knock 4WD" mentality that you media people insist on using? The same as the North Sydney council imposing fees for 4WD - excuse me! Was it not for “LARGER vehicles” in general but oh no, the media sees another chance to stir the pot by slightly changing a few pectinate fact to once again make the 4WD own look the baddy.



You seem to forget that about 30% of new vehicles are 4WD and this is increasing all the time.



Wake up to yourself and do a real store - like how the young hoons are killing themselves in their over power 2WD cars. How often have you seen a 4WD doing a burnout or drag racing another 4WD down the freeway?

Regards Bob Marriner
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(4WD owner)

PS I brought my 4WD because I consider it safer for towing my caravan than a Ford or Comodore sedan so banning all 4WD is going to put my life and the other road users around me in danger.

Gee, that feels better.
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Follow Up By: Member -Dodger - Thursday, Mar 24, 2005 at 00:18

Thursday, Mar 24, 2005 at 00:18
Thats it Kazza stick it to them.
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, Mar 24, 2005 at 09:59

Thursday, Mar 24, 2005 at 09:59
Oh I bet they are shaking in their shoes, and will instantly change to WE LOVE 4WDs on the front page daily for 12 yrs...
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Reply By: Member - Bradley- Wednesday, Mar 23, 2005 at 23:03

Wednesday, Mar 23, 2005 at 23:03
yep, heard a good story on the 'hack' program on the j's this arvo, all about how journos are giving up the hard yakka and going across to pr companies instead, and how the pr companies are now releasing pre-recorded video press releases, with pre written conversation included, so the journos can just edit in their own voices and run it as a 'story' - ala a current affair etc.
Too many journos under the pump nowdays and no time to do any real resource checking etc.

BUT full credit to them for at least retracting it in the same column, just shows the power of a massive corporate phone call..
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Reply By: Member - Toonfish - Thursday, Mar 24, 2005 at 13:29

Thursday, Mar 24, 2005 at 13:29
YES YES YEASSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!
take that SMH

now for the dance of happiness .
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Reply By: Richard - Thursday, Mar 24, 2005 at 18:54

Thursday, Mar 24, 2005 at 18:54
Sent this letter off to the SMH editors today.

Dear Sir,

Over the last few months I have read with growing concern a number of articles in the Fairfax press regarding all wheel and four wheel drive vehicles promoting their perceived threat to the general population. Whilst these articles purport to represent the facts, in many cases the information is often based on overseas data, is misleading and biased.

I am aware that a number of readers have submitted articles with alternative views. These articles do not appear to have been published to provide readers with balanced view on this topic. My observation of this biased reporting is that it is endorsing the unwarranted anti social status of these vehicles in the minds of readers.

As a regular subscriber to the Sydney Morning and Sun Herald I have decided to discontinue my readership and will not place any further classified advertisements with the Fairfax organisation until a more balanced view prevails.

I look forward to your response and a more objective approach by the Fairfax organisation to this popular topic.

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