Federal

Mar 17, 2017

Do pearl-clutching journalists understand what the law really is?

The reaction of journalists to innocuous comments by the new ACTU secretary reflect a poor understanding of what the law actually is.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

Occasionally an issue throws up an interesting insight into the mindset of media practitioners; the reaction to comments by incoming ACTU secretary Sally McManus about breaking laws -- "...when it's unjust, I don't think there's a problem with breaking it" -- did just that.

The ensuing pearl-clutching from politicians, political journalists and commentators at a variety of outlets -- the exchange originated on 7.30, Fairfax journalists tut-tutted, News Corp led the charge against McManus, Malcolm Turnbull attacked McManus, the Business Council issued a rebuke of McManus and professed itself terrified -- was both amusing and revelatory.

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