I wouldn’t rush at throwing Marshall under the bus just yet

I see all the usual suspects are lining up to have a larrup at Jonathan Marshall again. Word has it that Russell Brown is itching to run one up him, hard.

Brian Edwards has jumped all over this again, like he did on the Mark and Amanda Hotchin stitch up. Back then he may well have been right.

You may recall that the Sunday Star Times responded to my challenge to them to produce either a recording of Marshall’s ‘interview’ with Mrs Hotchin or his written notes of their ‘conversation’ by sending me a menacing lawyer’s letter requiring me to cease and desist or face the consequences. I published the letter on this site.

So just what has Marshall to do with the Barker family? Well Marshall is currently ‘Investigations Editor’ for the News Limited Network in Australia. I’ll let Jonathan Holmes,  host of the ABC’s excellent Media Watch, tell the story.

Seems Mr Marshall’s journalistic ethics and approach haven’t changed much since he left our fair shores: no point in letting the facts spoil a good story when it’s so easy to change the facts, just a little. 

Well, Marshall may not have ever had a tape of Amanda Hotchin, but one thing I know about Jonathan Marshall is this…he doesn’t make the same mistake twice. In this case I think that Brian Edwards has allowed his personal feelings to cloud his judgment…he is usually better than that.

Whisperers out of Australia tell me that we are going to see a release of the full tape, with all the Barker comments in all their glory…and a mea culpa from Today Tonight about a crap editing job. Then there could well have to be a special Media Watch programme where they feature themselves. Then again sanctimonious finger-pointers almost never apologise when they get things wrong.

If I could track Marshall down I’d ask him myself, but it seems he has gone to ground.

You may be sure that Russell Brown and Brian Edwards won’t bother actually speaking with Marshall as they perform their hatchet jobs. It hink this is more another attempt to besmirch Jonathan Marshall and for the Australian media to hook into Murdoch’s stable once again than anything else.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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