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Slipper And Ashby: The Media Then And Now

Gillard government ministers continued their attack on the opposition today over its involvement in the Slipper-Ashby sexual harassment case.

Ministers repeatedly called on the Liberal National Party in Queensland to disendorse Mal Brough in Slipper’s electorate of Fisher.

The Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, Mike Kelly, described the affair as an “Australian Watergate”.

On social media, the Australian media was repeatedly attacked for its coverage of yesterday’s decision by the Federal Court to dismiss the case as an abuse of process and a conspiracy to damage Slipper politically.

This video was posted on YouTube by Twitter user @geeksrulz:

Elliot Richardson, Watergate Hero, Dies At 79

The Attorney-General who rebuffed President Richard Nixon at the height of the Watergate crisis has died. Elliot Richardson was the hero of the “Saturday Night Massacre” in October 1973 when Nixon fired the Watergate Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox.

Richardson resigned rather than dismiss Cox and the Deputy Attorney-General William Ruckelshaus was fired for similarly refusing to obey Nixon’s directive.

Cox was eventually dismissed by Robert Bork who paid the penalty years later when his nomination to the Supreme Court was rejected by the US Senate.

Richardson was 79. He died of a cerebral haemorrhage in Boston, Massachusetts.

Senator George McGovern’s 1972 Presidential Nomination Acceptance Speech

Senator George McGovern accepted the Democratic Party’s nomination for President at its National Convention in Miami Beach, Florida.

McGovern’s nomination came just weeks after the June 17 break-in at the Watergate complex. McGovern went on to lose in a landslide to President Richard Nixon.

McGovern died on October 21, 2012, aged 90. [Read more…]