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Baffling logic in ACMA clearing Seven over Campbell outing

ACMA has applied some baffling logic in its decision to exonerate Seven over the outing of the former NSW Transport Minister David Campbell.

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Some of us knew Campbell was gay — and chose not to report

If you’re going to out an irrelevant but embarrassing secret of a public figure, you’d better make sure they react badly. That seems to be ACMA’s logic in clearing Channel Seven of breaching standards when it outed NSW MP David Campbell.

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Marieke’s undies … iPads with cameras …

ACMA has officially cleared Seven News over complaints about last year’s story in which the network revealed that NSW MP David Campbell had visited a gay sauna. Plus, Marieke Hardy celebrates her new show Laid and other media stories.

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Journalists condemn Channel Seven

Journalists around the country have signed their names to an open letter condemning Channel Seven’s exposure of NSW MP David Campbell, writes Jenna Price.

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Howard Revisited: Abbott’s new Pacific Solution

Crikey readers weigh in on Tony Abbott’s new Pacific solution, detention centres and Margaret Simons keeping quiet on the Malcolm Fraser resignation.

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What does public infidelity have to do with me? Err, not a lot

What does infidelity in someone else’s marriage have to do with me, asks Dr Leslie Cannold, a writer, researcher and ethicist with adjunct positions at Monash and Melbourne universities.

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Who would have thought? It’s David Campbell’s week

The David Campbell issue was absolutely intriguing in media terms, with the initial titillation giving way quite quickly to widespread anger and condemnation of Channel Seven.

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Beecher: Tabloid media laughing all the way to the pub on Campbell

The latest “debate” about media and privacy, triggered by last week’s television expose of NSW Minister David Campbell leaving a gay club, is a sham conducted by people who are paid extremely well to legitimise something that is nasty and indefensible.

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The David Campbell saga

Crikey readers weigh in in the David Campbell saga: was Seven write to spill it? Plus, the joy of e-readers and SBS silence their subtitlers.

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Why politicians’ sex lives are fair game

Once upon a time the peccadilloes of a politician would only be published if it was in the matter of “public interest”. But if a politician puts on a family values face while screwing around secretly, it’s fair game, writes Mark Day.

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Bartlett: the privacy paradox of a life in politics

In light of the David Campbell gay sex saga, former Democrats leader and now Greens candidate Andrew Bartlett explains the lynch-mob mentality that the media has on politicians’ private lives.

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The minister, the gay sauna and the Seven reporter

The Channel Seven newsroom has split this morning over the ethics of state political reporter Adam Walters’ icky scoop exposing transport minister David Campbell’s “double life” as a bisexual man.

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The media has crossed a line on politicians and is directly damaging the public interest

So here we are again: another humiliated politician, another embarrassed family, more sanctimonious journalists pruriently talking about sex scandals. We don’t have a “right to know”, thank you very much.

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David Campbell typical of Ken’s double-life clientele

There will be a number of nervous politicians today in the wake of the David Campbell scandal. Not that anyone should be surprised, writes sex industry insider Chris Seage.

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And the election advertising begins…

Taxpayers are footing the bill for the start of Labor’s re-election advertising campaign. Plus, the only scandal in the David Campbell affair was the action of Network Seven and other political news.

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Feeding the gossip hordes isn’t “public interest”

David Campbell’s actions were embarrassing, but entirely legal. It’s a sad state of affairs when politicians resign not because of political bungles but irrelevant personal ones, writes Jonathan Green.

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The final nail in the NSW ALP coffin?

Daily Media Wrap: The NSW ALP is the gift that just keeps giving to the tabloid media, with NSW Transport Minister David Campbell resigning amidst a “gay sex club scandal”.

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