King’s Tribune: Bat country for old men

Daily Telegraph blogger Tim Blair is notorious for inflammatory personal attacks posted on his blog, particularly against women with a public profile and strong opinions. Personal abuse is everywhere on the Internet, on twitter, private blogs, and in comments. But Blair is also a journalist blogging under the masthead of Australia’s most powerful News Corp tabloid, The Daily Telegraph.

The newspaper ran a “Stop the Trolls” campaign in 2012, “aimed at stopping the vile and abusive trolls on Twitter”. Blair’s blog specialises in personal abuse and it allows commenters free rein. But because Blair is a journalist working for a powerful organisation, it’s not just his victims but also his peers who will not call him out. Other journalists are complicit in his behaviour by their silence and his employer is actively participating in it by allowing it to continue.

This is my detailed description of the abuse he instigates under the Daily Tele masthead

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