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Nov 16, 2012

Crikey says: smear or story? Probably neither

Should you care about Julia Gillard and the Slater & Gordon saga? Read our cheat sheet (and Mark Latham's take) and decide for yourself. Why you should stop picking on Andrea Yu. Film and TV production has entered a new golden age. And how games are making it big via their consoles.

Tens of thousands of words in dozens of articles; some very good journalism and some stories incomprehensible to casual readers. Somehow we’re expected to believe, according to the blood-thirsty conservative commentariat, Julia Gillard acted so badly as a Slater & Gordon lawyer some two decades ago that her role as Prime Minister of Australia in 2012 should be in question.

And you’re only allowed to be in two camps: that Gillard has “serious questions to answer”, as the opposition has been baying, or you’re an apologist for the PM and her government.

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5 thoughts on “Crikey says: smear or story? Probably neither

  1. klewso

    It’s line ball for me, I’m apathetic : Limited News is just pathetic.

    She was a young woman – probably flattered by all the attention – what did she do that others didn’t to some greater or lesser degree – but that was 20 years ago.

    Would these op-ed hacks, leading this feeding frenzy, like to be hung by their indiscretions at that age, or have the politician’s they’re sponsoring done over the same? But where is that going to happen – considering the proportion of that perception market they control?

  2. Gavin Moodie

    I thank Crikey very much for this. Even for me, a political tragic, the Australian’s campaign has been way too much this person and that statement changed 20 years later, and too little (none, actually) specific allegation. So now I just skip it all the other media and wait for Crikey to draw my attention to anything that may be important.

  3. AR

    The PM put it well to Polonius of the Press Gallery (always wrong, ever the windbag – utterly empty)when he intoned “there are questions to answers..”,”what questions?”
    And answer came there none; not then, not since and, on current form, not in the geologic future.

  4. Joel

    Meanwhile, Murdock’s hacks complain bitterly about anyone who whispers the slightest word against their boy. Whilst carrying on with this farce. And people still mistake the Oz for a news source.

  5. Venise Alstergren

    Boring, the whole thing smacks of desperation. Boring.

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