Clearly somebody didn’t get the group-think memo yesterday. Here is Ben Eltham telling us the AWU scandal is a non-story.
About the best argument you could make as to why the media is expending so much time and effort on an ancient and tenuous union scandal is that it is somehow relevant to Julia Gillard’s standards of governance and morality in office. That’s a tenuous link indeed. In our democracy, the media doesn’t get to decide who’s fit for office. Voters do.
The media loves a scandal. But sometimes there is no giant conspiracy. Sometimes there is no cover-up. Sometimes a dodgy ex-boyfriend is just a dodgy ex. Perhaps explosive new evidence will come to light and prove me wrong here. In the meantime, I’d like to see our nation’s journalists reporting on the bigger issues.
Meanwhile Jonathan Holmes tells us the ABC are onto the story:
One thing seems sure: the story is not going away. And my bet is that the ABC’s investigative programs can’t, and won’t, ignore it for much longer.
So will the ABC be spending our money – or as Holmes describes it “your money” – on a non-story? We’ll see. Perhaps a big investigation into why it is a non-story.