But thirdly, this episode might just give pause for thought about the bitter venom with which political blogging is conducted. Guido published a picture on Thursday of McBride with the crosshairs of a gun superimposed on his head, and the legend "he who lives by the smear....", in the first hint that the story was breaking. It left many political journalists who saw it feeling uncomfortable. This may be serious, but does it really have to be a battle to the death?
Well, girlie, given how close the Graun is to the government, you are wise to be concerned. But even in a more general sense, political journalism is far too deeply embedded into the political class and not nearly as critical of politics as it should be. This is why ham-fisted oiks like me feel the need to say the things we do, because you, who are paid to do it, do not speak for us.
It is a fight to the death between people who take and the people from whom they take. It's going to get worse before it gets better.
And lazy, gullible, useless political journalists are in the firing line.