Media

Oct 26, 2017

Is it a drop or a leak? Why Cash’s staffer was just playing the game

A political staffer has resigned over doing what political staffers do every day, revealing the grubby way political reporting really works.

Emily Watkins — Media reporter

Emily Watkins

Media reporter

A political staffer resigned last night over doing what politicals staffers do every day -- leaked some details to the press to ensure coverage.

Employment Minister Michaelia Cash's advisor David De Garis quit after Cash had told Senate estimates her office hadn't tipped journalists off about the Australian Federal Police raid on the Australian Workers Union earlier this week. Cash had denied her office's involvement five times before BuzzFeed dropped the bombshell that, in fact, it was one of the minister's staffers who'd told journalists in Melbourne and Sydney an hour before the raids with details, "emphasising that it would take place at a union office". De Garis resigned after BuzzFeed's story was published.

Free Trial

You've hit members-only content.

Sign up for a FREE 21-day trial to keep reading and get the best of Crikey straight to your inbox

By starting a free trial, you agree to accept Crikey’s terms and conditions

9 comments

Leave a comment

9 thoughts on “Is it a drop or a leak? Why Cash’s staffer was just playing the game

  1. zut alors

    Having not picked up ‘The Advertiser’ for a couple of decades I could only guess at the deterioration of journalistic standards. After reading Hough’s huffy tweet I cannot even understand the second sentence.

    1. Kevin_T

      “I cannot even understand the second sentence.”
      I think he is saying that even if the Minister is lying, or corrupt, or has been misled by her office staff, that it is not worth revealing the source because the punters (readers of his newspaper) are not interested, and thus it doesn’t matter…..

      I suspect that if it was a Labor minister it would matter very much!

  2. klewso

    It’s funny, isn’t it, in modern “journalism”, how “the raid and personal associative cat’s-paw aggrandisment is more important than the fact of the abused, manipulated, broken system; as long as it’s working for you”?
    …. isn’t it?

  3. PaulM

    Speaking about journalism and journalistic standards, when was Imre Salusinszki Premier of NSW?

    1. Jack Robertson

      Salusinszky was a relatively ethical, transparent and competent (and unusually literate) press secretary to Mike Baird, a similarly reasonable Premier as far as communication went. They both got fucked over by The Fuckergraph and the talkback grubs when they stopped dancing to their vile tune. It’s not about policy; it’s about information flow. The Ruperts, the Rat Hadleys…they don’t care what you believe. They just want your undivided, pliable attention. Withdraw from ‘the game’, and they’ll fuck you up.

  4. graybul

    “Staffer is not exactly a whistleblower”.

    Professional journalists . . . hock deep in deceit, valueless purveyors of misinformation.

    1. Rais

      Or, as some independent news websites call them, stenographers.

  5. Urban Wronski

    The government’s orchestrated stunt – an AFP raid to discredit Labor and to make a spectacular seizure of documents (which were available anyway on request – and which had been requested during the Heydon TURC) is the key issue.
    The “drop” itself or just doing my job angle – alarming as it is – should not obscure the collusion between government and AFP to make political mileage out of a public bust. Surely, moreover, it is illegal to tip-off anyone – even a third party – that a police raid is scheduled, even if the police are somehow keen to involve you.

  6. AR

    Which part of this fiasco has noy yet fallen apart? Cash lied, Talcum hides, ROC mistakes AWU for something something, KeystoneKops come out with stacks of docs. not included in the fallacious warrant which are now in escrow, the ALP laughing all the way to the polls…
    Not only do this shower shoot themselves in the foot but it’s in the collective mouth when they do so.

Share this article with a friend

Just fill out the fields below and we'll send your friend a link to this article along with a message from you.

Your details

Your friend's details

Sending...