In juvenile attempts to delegitimise Peta Credlin and her role in pursuing the Dan Andrews government’s disastrous hotel quarantine decisions, various oafs have claimed that she isn’t really a journalist so Andrews can just tell her to “bugger off” — that’s a direct quote from a major Melbourne media outlet’s chief reporter — out of his press conferences. Should she also stop asking questions when hosting her own current affairs show on Sky News?
Should Andrews tell any member of the public who comes across him in a public meet and greet not to ask questions? To bugger off? You don’t have to be an accredited member of the press corps to ask legitimate questions.
Journalists report through media outlets; they are the eyes and ears of the public, their voice.
It is often claimed as a badge of honour among honest journalists that they ‘speak truth to power’.
This doesn’t mean — and neither would honest journalists claim — that they hold any monopoly.
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