You know that old philosophical conundrum about trees and forests? Now it’s "if a scandal breaks on social media, but mainstream media don’t repeat it, did it actually happen?"

Most of the various allegations about Barnaby Joyce were on Twitter way back in October courtesy of @truecrimeweekly (with a bit of help from @tonyhwindsor), to say nothing of being all over analogue social media -- pub gossip, as we used to call it -- in both Canberra and Armidale.