Media group Fairfax have sacked Walkley award winning journalist Jack Marx for posting a satirical post on his blog "The Daily Truth", which was pulled off the Internet yesterday.
Marx was sacked without notice, on his birthday, for a post in which he imagined what Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd got up to in a New York strip club.
For the "offending" post that cost Marx his job ... read here.
Not my idea of a hanging offense, but it's safe to say that it was not the imagined strip club scene that did it. Read to the end - Marx has been done like a dinner for imaging what a bloke might do in the privacy of his lonely hotel room after visiting a strip club; that's my guess. The papers are being coy about spelling out the nature of that single paragraph.
Meanwhile, Kevin Rudd's sister-in-law has admitted to her no longer secret past as a stripper.
"Okhola Rudd, the wife of the federal Opposition Leader's brother Greg, said she spent several months at a Brisbane strip club in 2001 working as an "exotic dancer".
"I didn't need to dance as an exotic dancer, it was just a stage that I went through," she said.
"Some people go through drugs, some people choose to dance as an exotic dancer.
"It was fun for me. I am from the part of the world where I had never experienced that kind of stuff, so I just did it because it was there and it was fun to do."
Husband Greg is tetchy:
"Greg Rudd yesterday said his wife had been unfairly dragged into the federal election campaign.
"Everyone's been trawling through my life and our family's life since Kevin became opposition leader," he said.
"I met Okhola in a coffee shop in Albert St in Brisbane one Sunday afternoon.
"Yes, she did tell me she was a part-time exotic dancer. Yes, I did visit her at the club where she worked.
"Do I think it's fair on Okhola to be dragged into an election campaign for having a few months of fun seven years ago? No."
Oddly, tacked onto the end of a piece about interest rate rises .... here.
This story has grown more legs than it deserves and Marx did not deserve to lose his job.
UPDATE:If you've always wanted to indulge your criminally-run club / stripper fantasies, here's you're chance:
Good luck with your bids!
Now that The Sopranos is over, the owners of the real-life club that played the part of the Bada Bing will auction off the 3.6-metre stripper poles and other relics from the HBO drama on eBay.
Other items going on sale later this week include a pool table, a disco ball and the fluorescent purple men's room sign often seen in the background as mob boss Tony Soprano conducted business.