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Writing on the wall?

By David Southwell - posted Tuesday, 12 October 2021

Reporting on Andrews is not for the faint-hearted, if you make any attempt to hold him to account.

While one might like to believe, in a self-flattering way, that Australians are too level-headed and committed to the Tall Poppy Syndrome to fall for a strongman like Xi, Kim, Putin or Trump, Victoria punctures that fantasy.

Andrews has unabashedly centred the government around himself.


In an excellent behind-the-scenes account of how Victorian Labor reacted to the 2nd wave, The Age reported: "The government response took on the shape of a rolling election campaign, run out of the Premier's office. It was designed to control two things: the virus and the message."

Andrews' operatives and sympathisers have created the Trump-like cult of #IstandwithDan.

ABC journalists Lisa Millar and Leigh Sales, hardly hard-hearted harridans of the Right, have found themselves hounded on social media by the cult's devotees for any hint of criticism of Andrews.

Millar even decided to leave Twitter, while Sales declared: "Let's not duck the common thread here - it is overwhelmingly left-leaning Twitter users who are targeting ABC journalists for abuse."

Sales has discovered Twitter is full of nasty delusional leftists. And in other breaking news – water is wet.

Whenever the hashtag: #thisisnotjournalism trends on Twitter it almost guarantees that what it refers to will be journalism, but what's being asked or reported does not favour Labor.


The greatest example of #thisisnotjournalism but #tremendousjournalism was Peta Credlin's embarrassing the non-inquiring Coate Inquiry to ask for phone records in trying to find the mysterious decision-makers around hotel quarantine.

The phone records revealed that the Premier's top public servant Chris Eccles (who ironically first suggested the Coate Inquiry, according to The Age) had been misleading and he was forced to resign.

For this tremendous service to the people of Victoria, Peta Credlin has been met with a barrage of hatred.

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