On Friday, Crikey published an opinion piece by Guy Rundle. Within hours, after wide and strong criticism, Crikey “unpublished” Rundle’s piece and apologised to readers and to the subject of the piece. Crikey gave reasons for this, and it seems the overwhelming majority of people who have read the piece agree with Crikey. I don’t. I believe Crikey’s unpublishing Rundle’s piece was a mistake.
A note to commenters: I will delete immediately any comment on the substance of Rundle’s piece, any comment that argues the piece’s truth or falsity, any comment arguing the piece’s merits or demerits. Commenters are free to give their opinion on Rundle and/or his piece. They are free to give their opinion on Crikey’s publishing and then unpublishing Rundle’s piece. They are free to give their opinion on my support here for Rundle. But that’s it. There is a debate to be had, but this blog is not the appropriate forum for that debate.
I’ve just had pointed out to me this article, which argues strongly for Rundle’s piece and against Crikey’s depublishing it.