- The Australian is entitled to express its opinion. It is free to run on consecutive days a tenuous and trivial claim to attack an academic critic. Readers in turn must judge for themselves the credibility of The Australian’s report. They may wonder, as I do, about the fairness of the coverage or the pattern of personal attacks on those who express views unacceptable to editorial writers. It seems a sad irony when media freedom is defended through such means.
- We should judge the contribution of academic critics by the quality of their analysis and validity of the evidence they provide. One might say the same about editorials in The Australian.