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Who could fail to be amused that the bastion of leftard journalism better known as the house of Fairfax is in utter turmoil this week end as its journalists go on strike in response to the announcement that 550 of their number are to be made redundant.
In an escalation of the industrial problems at Fairfax, well-known Sydney Morning Herald columnist Mike Carlton was sacked this morning after refusing to file his column.
ABC broadcaster and Herald columnist Richard Glover has written to Fairfax management on behalf of fellow Fairfax contributors, warning they will have to sack him and other contributors if they go ahead with Carlton’s sacking.
“We remind the company that, having set an example with Mike Carlton, it may need to sack all the undersigned if it insists on this course of action,” reads the pledge, published on the strike website, www.fairgofairfax.org.au.
“We believe the company hires columnists on the basis that they have principles. It is wrong to sack them for the same reason.”
It will me interesting to see just what comes out in the wash from this throw back to an earlier Age (pun intended) but what strikes me is that the Journos may well find themselves in the same situation as the airline pilots a few years back, where they thought that striking would win their cause when all it did was win them places in the unemployment lines.
Management may well take this as an opportunity to preform root and branch reform to the content and give their reporting the benefit of some new blood free from the taint of the leftist idiom that holds sway there at present.
Strangely a quick review of the offerings from Fairfax this morning does not show any marked decline in the quality of their product so perhaps those Journos are not as indispensable as they think they are. As for Mike Carlton, who cares?