"Don't you feel sorry for anyone who's just here to get their drunk driving charge overturned?" I overhear one of the ABC crew say from within the throng of journalists, protesters, supporters and onlookers gathered at Melbourne Magistrates' Court to see Cardinal George Pell arrive for his filing hearing for charges of historical sex offences. 

"Oh, good old Crikey, well, you'll get a picture," says the Reuters photographer. For most of the media -- Pell is in court for roughly 10 minutes, and outside it for collectively maybe another 10 -- the amount of coverage a brief filing hearing has attracted is itself the main topic of coverage.