Mark Latham and Graham Richardson trade insults, Boris Johnson’s splash on the UK front pages, charges against Reuters journos, and other media tidbits from the day.

Good feud guide. Graham Richardson and Mark Latham have been trading barbs in the media after the former Labor leader backed Pauline Hanson’s One Nation by recording a robocall for the party. In an extraordinary appearance — even for Sky News after dark — on Paul Murray’s show last night, Richo called Latham a “king rat” for abandoning his former party, and a “traitor”.

Richardson said Latham’s former supporters in the party were either “rolling in their graves or they’re shaking their heads if they’re still alive”. Latham returned fire by calling Richo a “rotten old shyster”, while also accusing him of having a Swiss bank account and questioning his dealings with developer and convicted murderer Ron Medich.

Richo previewed his attack on Sydney’s 2GB yesterday, while speaking on Ben Fordham’s show. “When the Labor Party makes you what you are, when you become leader of that party, after a membership of 20 or 30 years … to turn on them the way he has I find really, really sad,” he said.

‘The Brexit dream is dying’. The UK’s foreign minister Boris Johnson has resigned over the government’s Brexit negotiations with a brutal letter. Unsurprisingly, the government crisis is dominating today’s front pages across the UK:

Myanmar charges jailed journalists. Two Reuters journalists who have been in jail in Myanmar since December have been formally charged with a colonial-era law, the Official Secrets Act. Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, are charged with allegedly obtaining secret state documents with the intention of harming national security. They have pleaded not guilty, saying in court they followed journalistic ethics. The reporters had been investigating the murders of 10 Rohingya men and boys when they were arrested. The charge they face has a maximum penalty of 14 years jail.

Why journo named source to FBI. A US national security blogger revealed last week that she’d named one of her sources to the FBI as part of its investigation into Russian meddling in the presidential election. Marcy Wheeler’s decision to reveal her source — who she said she believed played a significant role in the Russian attack on the US election — has prompted debate about when, if ever, a journalist should break the confidentiality of a source.

She told the Washington Post:

On its face, I broke one of the cardinal rules of journalism. But what he was doing should cause a source to lose protection. It’s not a decision I regret.

Wheeler said in a post on her blog that she believed her source, who hasn’t been publicly named, had done serious harm to innocent people, that he was lying to her and others, and he was testing ways to tamper with her website.

Glenn Dyer’s TV Ratings. Australian Ninja Warrior fail? Well, what else do you call the halving of the audience from series a year ago? It is certainly not a success. Nine won the night, but it has lost the war on this one. Viewers have seen it all before and know what happens. 

Sunday night saw the audience for the first episode of series two of Ninja Warrior fall to a national figure of 1.31 million from the 2.23 million debut a year ago. The fall for the metros was startling — from last year’s 1.68 million to 929,000 on Sunday night, with the regional audience dropping to 390,000 from 558,000. A year ago it was topping the national and metro most-watched lists and was close to the top in the regions. Now it is number seven or lower. Last night Seven’s House Rules had more viewers nationally — 1.29 million against 1.17 million for the ninjas. Read the rest on the Crikey website.

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