Bolt shoots from the hip from time to time and in doing so his blog lacks attention to detail with spelling and grammatical errors unbecoming a professional journalist.It is also quite clear that he did not do his homework and many of the things he said about the ‘professional aborigines’ were factually incorrect.David Marr coined this as ‘sloppy journalism’, and I think he is right.I believe the Herald Sun will appeal (they are footing the legal bills after all)and the decision will be overturned as it is madness for the legal system to affirm one person’s right to be ‘offended’ by the opinion of another person.
CavI agree with your summary, but I can't see that gratuitous offence has any place in public debate, especially when it's conducted by a "professional". What is madness is reducing the public discourse to rancour and cliche. We need a body for the press such as the Law Council which strikes off anyone in the profession who infringes against the standards. It works for the Law and Medicine. Teachers (in Queensland) have the College of Education. The Press Council has no teeth.
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