Two individuals, however, have attracted particular scrutiny, not only because of specific publications or broadcasts, but as a result of their repeated and prolonged engagement. The person whom they primarily used to create their output was Michael Corby, Schapelle Corby's father. This was extremely convenient: Michael Corby lost his battle with cancer in January 2008, and in Australia, dead men cannot sue.
The impact of these manufactured stories cannot be overstated. They became the base for a host of variations and countless references. Both were syndicated and copied repeatedly across the Australian media, and commonly reported as fact.
Public support for Schapelle Corby fell, as people began to presume guilt, and to forget the reality of the Bali trial abuses. The name of the whole Corby family was dragged through the mud and their reputation tarnished. The public had been sold a series of fabrications. Their opinion had effectively been managed against Schapelle Corby and her family, by what amounted to baseless smears.
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Aspects of the fabrications documented within the Primary Smear Report are also examined in other reports and exhibits included in the Media Section of this website.
See also: Eamonn Duff, Allen & Unwin, And Fairfax Media
|"I have never been so cranky. They just out and out lie. How could anyone.... how could anyone just lie like that?" ~ Schapelle Corby's Mother|