The more I look at what the ABC actually does, in the domain of news and cultural affairs, I come back to the view that the staff must see their role as to preserve what they see as the correct perspective on Australia and life generally.
There's no doubt employers now have little tolerance for staff using their social media to badmouth the business or post comments that reflect badly on the business. Should journalists be an exception?
When Tommy Wieringa tried to argue that the boat people crossing the Mediterranean needed to be stopped boarding the boats the silence was deafening. I doubt if he will be attending another Sydney Writers Festival.
Will any political party ever again command a mandate to govern on its own? Will any party leader ever again speak with authority to and for a constituency beyond their own members and committed supporters?
Indeed, in a time when journalists are imprisoned, jailed or killed for reporting the truth, when cartoonists are gunned down to silence their critical pens, The Sun editors had a bigger dilemma on their hands than freedom of speech.