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Curtin, Murdoch and Defamation – “The Light on the Hill” – Ross McMullin

August 31st, 2011 · No Comments · Australian Labor Party, Journalism, Politics, The Media, War, WW2

Curtin had a higher regard than most politicians for journalists’ trustworthiness. His normal practice was to have an informal gathering twice a day with the ‘travelling circus’ of senior correspondents who accompanied him during the war. However, he was disappointed to find that his faith in working journalists was not always justified. Furthermore, Curtin was angered by the occasional misuse of privileged information by newspaper proprietors, especially Murdoch, whose anti-Labor tirades in the newspapers he controlled were interrupted on one occasion by a humble apology when Curtin threatened to sue him for defamation and 20000 pounds damages.

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