As he cleared out his desk after resigning yesterday as chair of the Australian Press Council (APC), maybe it crossed Professor David Weisbrot’s crestfallen mind that he might now seek some solace by lodging a private complaint with the APC against The Australian for the way it has hounded him from his position. Few would blame him.

The media release announcing his departure quotes directly from Weisbrot’s letter of resignation. His disappointment is palpable, but he had the dignity not to name the newspaper or single out any of the obedient News Corp thugs who’d written the dozen or so stories that broke his spirit.