A senior Australian newspaper executive yesterday told me this week’s edition of Media Watch was “fantastic” as presenter Liz Jackson landed blow after blow in her hardest hitting effort yet.

Alas, Herald Sun columnist Andrew Bolt
hasn’t taken it lying down and has hit back at Jackson in great detail
this morning on the question of whether some so-called moderate Muslim
leaders are really also extremists who spread hatred against the West.
We won’t bore you with all the detail but you can check out Bolt’s original column and the Media Watchcritique and this morning’s column should be available here later today.

The warfare between News Ltd and Media Watch has been going on
for years and Jackson is showing no signs of backing off from the
combative stance adopted by former host David Marr, who really took it
to Bolt over alleged anti-Muslim racism on the Insiders couch two weeks ago.

The Australian has devoted many thousands of words and several
editorials to its campaign to have Media Watch
shut down, which perhaps provides an insight into the Murdoch way of
dealing with critics and regulators who get in the way. Check out the
six-part assault on its website here.

Finally, if you’ve got a spare half an hour, check out the detailed
fight between Marr and Bolt which Crikey hosted in 2003 here.

Peter Fray

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