Scandals have a special fascination. Sometimes they generate more intense political momentum than most other issues can; sometimes great wrongs seem to pass with few consequences and little curiosity from the media. They represent contrasting tests for the media, on the one hand their capacity to penetrate secretive wrong-doing and on the other to report with fairness and proportionality.
This book drew on around 60 scandals in contemporary Australia to explore the dynamics of when scandals escalated and when not; when they had large personal and political consequences and when not.
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