AT AMBIT GAMBIT, more thoughts on Media Watch's attempt to smear Jen Marohasy:
Media Watch contacted Marohasy on Friday seeking answers to a list of questions with the intention of going to air tonight. If another program behaved like this they would run the risk of making a star appearance on Media Watch. Marohasy formed the opinion that the story had already been written. That seems a reasonable point of view.
Certainly the questions that Media Watch put to Marohasy indicated that they either had done no independent research about the lakes, or were incapable of understanding simple physical concepts. The questions about her sources of income were bizarre and mostly irrelevant, but obviously intended to frame her as a stooge for some group or another.
And while we're on Media Watch, several readers have suggested tweeting Jonathan Holmes to request the low-down on the Marohasy set-up. According to their reports, the ABC's high priest of the public's right to know isn't answering those questions. His tweets suggest they are telling the truth.
Perhaps he is just too busy at the moment instructing his young staffers on the right way to take dictation and marching orders from green and leftard pressure groups.