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Clash of the titans. Many Crikey readers would be aware that Labor Senator Sam Dastyari is running a Senate inquiry into the future of public interest journalism, which has turned into a quasi investigation of the possible effects of the amendments to the government's media reform bill proposed by independent Senator Nick Xenophon. Xenophon is keen on an inquiry into Google and Facebook, and tax breaks for smaller media companies to offset the concentration of media influence that would be made possible by the abolition of the two-out-of-three rule. Crikey readers may not be aware that our very own editor Cass Knowlton appeared at the inquiry last month, which led to this exchange, where senators Dastyari and Xenophon were shocked to learn just how small the Crikey editorial staff is: