One of the favourite words in News Corp coverage of the long, winding attempt by the federal government to change media ownership laws was “archaic”. As is the way, once News Corp has settled on a word, it turned up in just about all their papers, in a lot of their reporting and coverage.

Now, the laws haven’t even finished their passage through the Parliament and the ABC’s managing director Michelle Guthrie has, without using it herself, already turned the word back on News Corp, Fairfax Media and the other commercial players who were so eager for the laws to change.