CARLTON COPS A PINKY
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
Mike Carlton too far Left even for Fairfax? It seems so, as the hoary old chestnut of “he decided to resign” was trotted out today by Fairfax management.
Carlton has been fossicking around in the far Left wastebin of likely news stories for years since his radio listeners were whittled down to relatives, Tim Flannery and his idol, Julia Gillard.
Ray Hadley this morning let fly with a blistering attack on Carlton’s flawed character with some angry innuendo, suggesting he was mostly inebriated and expressing an irrepressible urge to, “hang one on his chin”.
Now I never read Carlton but it’s clear his recent anti-Semitic article was the catalyst for his demise. The article (accompanied with a cartoon) had prompted a hail of email abuse from readers and, I suggest after a half bottle of Scotch, Carleton ripped into the complainants telling them all individually to “get fucked”.
Carlton in his blind rage had forgotten that his long suffering readers were busily forwarding his responses to Fairfax management.
When Carlton was carpeted this morning he agreed that he had overstepped the mark, but that feeble explanation was all too late, Sean Aylmer, Fairfax Media's group director (God knows what he does) had a pink slip ready in his drawer.
Carlton’s departure will dismay few and delight many... he really is a bitter old grub. But the cartoon that management apologised for needed no apology! It was well drafted and epitomised a point that many agree with... the disproportionate military response to Hamas rockets by Israel.
I thought, although vehemently disagreeing with it, that it was an excellent cartoon. The cartoonist, who I have never heard of, seems somewhere Left of Carlton, but so what!
He signed it, so let it run, cop the flak and enjoy the plaudits, isn’t that what newspapers' opinion pieces are all about?
But hang on, this is Fairfax we are talking about here.