Loudly and proudly dismissing Barker as cheap and nefarious protects political interests, in this case gender equality, from cold, hard reality.
A lesson that endures is that when the rich and powerful own the means of popular enlightenment and dress it up as a 'free press' the opposite is usually true.
Women are underrepresented in the mainstream media - and when they write, it's often informed by lived experience
For Julian Assange, the the 'economic blockade' has been nothing less than a censorship device threatening press freedom.
The moment Rolf Harris' name made it to the press, his reputation was vaporised by speculation and condemnation.
By extracting biometric information from its young charges, the school is encouraging them to believe that surrendering such information is a normal part of life.
This is the kind of depth we get to expect from the Sunday supplements, or the silliest women's magazines, so-called.
Not only has Conroy raised the ire of the media barons, but he is short-changing Australian content makers.
Senator Stephen Conroy has done the almost impossible - united the media industry against the government.
Governments on the run can't be trusted to make sound policy.
Alan Austin looks at why media self-regulation is lost on the Murdoch press.
Today's 'message' of grotesque inequality, social injustice and war is the propaganda of liberal democracies.