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Feb 8, 2013

Crikey says: rush to judgement on drugs

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Australia’s over-the-top obsession with sport — watching it, that is, rather than playing it — has combined with allegations of drug use, match-fixing and organised crime to produce a near-hysterical atmosphere around the report by the Australian Crime Commission into sports corruption.

In such a febrile atmosphere, the media clamour is on to name names, if not of individuals then of teams, and if not teams of sports, regardless of the strength of the claims being made or any testing of the evidence asserted. Or even whether athletes or organisations have broken any laws.

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2 thoughts on “Crikey says: rush to judgement on drugs

  1. Donna Chuchland

    Hmmm – the baleful respose of some of the country’s best known journalists seems to me to be a case of shooting the messenger. Predictably it is the Gillard Givernment’s fault and totally confected for political purposes.

  2. SBH

    This morning I heard Kennet make the case that this problem is driven by gambling and that’s Gillard’s fault. Jeff must have thought that no one in the audience was over fiften and hence couldn’t remember who it was that opened the gambling floodgates

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