All media critical to effective government, whether Andrew Barr likes it or not

By Jack Waterford
Updated April 24 2018 - 10:51pm, first published March 16 2018 - 11:41am

Andrew Barr is not the first politician, local or federal to unfriend The Canberra Times, or the print media, or the "mainstream media," nor the first to imagine and hope for a day in which communications between himself and the governed can be managed with social media, or, in an unfiltered form, through marketing people and his own spin doctors. But I expect that his ambitions are doomed to be dashed, and that his ultimate political demise, which, deo volente will be many years away, will, like that of most politicians, be at the altar of that public opinion at the real centre of his fury.

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