Helen Thomas in the land of the free, home of the gagged
Yes, what Helen Thomas -- the longest serving member of the White House press corps who retired yesterday -- said about Israel was despicable. But doesn't the US have freedom of speech in its constitution? asks Roy Greenslade.
The Palaszczuk government — in announcing, boasting about and then withdrawing a bill targeting the media — has gifted the nation a lesson in fickle government. Reforms that were vital one day were in the bin the next.