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"Farce" - and links by socks

"To be linked is a swift and often terrible thing. Links can hit you out of the blue, just like that. And once linked, it's forever."

Mike Carlton's rather droll and dry-humoured column in the SMH today would be be funny if it weren't so serious. Having already seen the Government's actions in the Jack Thomas "affair" described as "farce" by a Federal Magistrate this past week, it doesn't take Carlton long to show how "links" can turn into potentially dangerous things.

Read a splendid Carlton column, once again, here. Having done that also reflect on the appalling hyper-ventilating about Jack Thomas by The Australian and more particularly its co-called Legal Affairs Reporter. Truly irresponsible "journalism" and editorialising by and from a broadsheet that claims to be a serious newspaper.


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