Was Carlton targetted? AJN editor insists there's no conspiracy.
Former (as of this morning
) Fairfax columnist Mike Carlton told Crikey
he had no doubt there was a coordinated campaign to oust him by the Australian Jewish lobby, helped along by News Corp. It’s an allegation others have also made. On 2UE today
, Mornings presenter Stuart Bocking pushed Australian Jewish News’
editor Zeddy Lawrence on whether there’d been a coordinated push to oust Carlton. “Never underestimate the power of the Jewish lobby,” Bocking said, prompting Lawrence to ask whether Bocking had any evidence for what he was saying. Frankly he was offended by the suggestion, Lawrence said.
But readers don’t all approach the Oz
“willy nilly,” Bocking insisted, referring to the multiple abusive letters Carlton sent to readers that were printed in The Australian
this morning. “The comments to readers were collated – gathered together… to see him done in”.
“It does appear part of a campaign,” Bocking said, repeatedly.
But it wasn’t, Lawrence insisted. “If someone does something like [what Carlton did]… people are aware of it.” Jewish community groups are merely responding to concerns in their community, he added. -- Myriam Robin
Baz v The Australian.
You'd have to say the humour of fake Barrie Cassidy twitter account @BazCassidyABC
was pretty lo-fi, if not a little stalky. Tweets that Cassidy could actually write -- "Back on #Insiders next week", mingle with the mildly demented -- "I sometimes wonder what side Paul Sheehan bats for." It was certainly flying too low for whatever poor workie was doing Rebecca Weisser's old job at Cut 'n' Paste yesterday. Going the tonk
on Mike Carlton again, they thought'd they got a bonus, with Barrie Cassidy allegedly tweeting his support for the SMH
columnist -- "There's nothing like a bit of shameless hypocrisy." Alas, it was Baz not Barrie, who doesn't tweet. Does he sue? Cut 'n' Paste's juxtaposition of the headline -- "Sorry? Hell no! Mike Carlton continues to support the indoctrination of children in Gaza" -- and fake quote look like slam-dunk libel to me, but I iz no law-talking guy.
@BazCassidyABC then became a Twitter handle for some of the best and worst jokes about the brouhaha ("Hook, line, plonker" -- ABC News Intern
) and Baz actually got funny: