It was disappointing to note that the one article in The West which referred to the Abbot/Riley affair was a rather lame piece by Andrew Probyn. His analysis may suffer from a natural journalistic bias to defend fellow journalist Mark Riley. After the story broke, it quickly became evident that public perception had turned on Riley who had seriously misjudged the intelligence of the Australian public. In doing so, Riley sadly was guilty of the very thing he insinuated Abbot had done, denigrate the memory of a fine Australian soldier. It is a pity that The West Australian seemingly ignored the real story, that a journalist had got it wrong.