Yesterday, readers were divided over their opinions on Julian Assange, with the discussion spilling over to today. Meanwhile, Emily Watkins wrote about the politicians steering clear of Q&A, while Bernard Keane explored the small but lucrative niche in politics for angry white men to attack women — and how One Nation is exploiting it. Here are some of the opinions and thoughts this all stirred up.
Peter Schulz writes: Have to laugh when right-wingers complain about being “ambushed” by a question on Q&A. Poor dears have lived in their little sheltered workshop of an echo chamber for so long that they can’t understand the concepts of diversity and critical questioning.
Jock Webb writes: Assange lost me when he started spruiking Trump for the 2016 elections and then Wikileaks dumping on Clinton…like there was nothing on Trump? Journalist my arse, he became a player praising Trump, I think in the hope that he might be pardoned or something. I respect the uncovering of the USA’s evils in Iraq and Afghanistan, but Assange is clearly a spoiled narcissist who treats women badly and as such no doubt understands the Trump psyche better than some.
Rob Gerrand writes: Julian Assange not a journalist? Compare him to the typical Aussie journalist writing for the Murdoch Press, or a women’s magazine, or A Current Affair, or other radio or TV current affairs and news program, or any other of the myriad forms of journalism in social media. Just which idealised version of a journalist didn’t he measure up to? Clearly he has faults, as who does not, but in exposing hidden information he is doing one of the more important roles that a journalist undertakes.
Peter Wileman writes: What a sad, sad state we are in where voters see troubled political has-beens like Latham, as a reasonable place to park a protest vote against the main stream, bland, self serving party politicians. Six years of being paid to spew his poison at the taxpayers’ cost. Shame.
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