In today’s edition of The Observer, we mention an anecdote we reported first last week: Michael Wolff invited 50 people from News Corporation to the party for his biography of Rupert Murdoch, and he said that none of them responded to the invite except for Col Allan. Mr. Wolff told us that Mr. Allan told him to lose his email address and never write again.
We ran the anecdote by Mr. Allan yesterday, and he wrote to us: "i have not received an email from mr wolff or replied to one." (Punctuation Mr. Allan’s.)
We put that in the piece.
After press time, Mr. Wolff showed us the email in question. It was sent to Mr. Wolff’s assistant, not to Mr. Wolff, but the point seems the same:
From: "Allan, Col"
Date: November 24, 2008 10:50:56 AM EST
To: "Leela de Kretser"
Subject: RE: INVITE – THE MAN WHO OWNS THE NEWS
you have a hide. lose my email adress.
So we went back to Mr. Allan this morning, and we’ll give him the last word on this, though that shouldn’t suggest how we’re breaking the tie: "i received an email from ms de kretzer – whom i know – and i sent her a response. i repeat, i did not receive an email from wolff therefore i could not have responded. capice?"