Do you want the media to do their job or not?
A mini storm erupted online recentlywhen the Mandurah Mail asked a local Labor Staffer if he stood by some comments he made when he called Andrew Hastie a homophobe, very publicly at a Pride in Peel event.
Long story short, the Labor staffer claimed he couldn't remember saying what he was recorded saying.
Here's an example of one comment from FB when the article was published, from the event organiser:
Now keep in mind that not only has the Mandurah Mail given free publicity to this event (which was coincidentally sponsored by a Labor MLA) and broke a story in Mandurah a little while ago involving a school and a gay parent, but the journalist in question also has a track record of keeping Liberal MP Andrew Hastie accountable for his words too.
Here's the response to the brouhaha from the Mandurah Mail. Link
Either we support the local media in their efforts to keep everyone accountable for their words and actions without fear or favour , or we end up with a partisan USA style media where we many publications are nothing more than a mouthpiece for particular political parties and our nation will be more divided than ever.
The calls on Facebook for the Mail to not do their job, and the threat from some to not give the Mandurah Mail any favours because they published something they didn't like, are appalling. And the fact that some of those calls came from folk in the media industry who know the responsibility the Mail has, is even more concerning.
What would have been upsetting to me is if the Mandurah Mail had NOT pressed the speaker on why he called Andrew Hastie a homophobe because they were afraid of not getting any more exclusive stories.