This letter was not fit for the press.
Your piece (‘Inside Crikey’s plan to monetise the Murdoch defamation claim’) shows that the inanity of hearing libel actions in the Federal Court has reached new heights.
Your report says that Murdoch fils alleges that the publisher ‘created a scheme to improperly use the complaint by Murdoch about the article for commercial gain.’ Thirty times. In sixty pages.
Did they split the infinitive every time?
Are they serious? The Murdoch family is filthy rich because its members have acted improperly for commercial gain. (But the judge might ask what ‘improperly’ means.)
I have only been at it for fifty odd years, but any claim for libel that exceeds three pages shrieks that it’s bullshit.
And my taxes are being spent on relieving a spoiled child from a mild allergy. So, the court ushers may hand out smiley koala stamps to any bystander who can keep a straight face. While the rest of us wait glumly for the next version of War and Peace.
AFR – Murdoch – Federal Court – Libel.