Why scared, do you think, if they were? Why brave?
I have often asked myself that very same question, Deb. It's perplexed & vexed me a lot.
I mean, what possible harm could Howard & co. do
to any journalist who dared to tell it as it actually was?
And were the journalists cowardly, or was it editorial policy that gagged them & had them constantly singing Howard's praises?
Imagine if most of them had consistently written without fear or favour during the period of Howard's worst excesses. Would Howard have lasted as long as he did? Would he have gotten away with as much as he did? Would his own party have put up with him for as long as it did?
It was quite amazing, how these very same journalists changed their tune so radically & suddenly rediscovered their consciences once it was quite clear that Howard was definitely on the skids.
Whatever the reasons, it was a shameful period in political journalism in this country, in my opinion.