I was surprised to see The Australian's James Madden responded to my article on Lee Rhiannon in the Drum with a news article.
He quotes NSW Upper House Labor Party MLC as saying that my article was 'rubbish'. Unfortunately the story misled readers into thinking that my article had compared attacks on Lee Rhiannon's support of BDS to McCarthyism. In fact, the attacks began long before the BDS became a public issue this year and were based on her family's association with the Communist and Socialist Parties of Australia.
Antony Loewenstein summed it up well on his blog: Murdoch Broadsheet gives lesson in how not to report the news:
"Today’s paper features a Labor party press release dressed up as a news story. Memo to reporters there; only quoting one political enemy of Rhiannon isn’t news; it’s propaganda"