News Mitch Cleary stood down indefinitely - AFL have really stepped in it this time

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Shadow89

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Hey guys,

As I'm sure alot of you are aware, journalist Mitch Cleary has been stood down indefinitely over a retweet of Brooke Cotchin's publicly shared Instagram post.

This is on the same weekend as Nathan Buckley attending a tennis match, and four clubs breaching protocols in different ways.

Here we have probably one of the finest journalists in the AFL industry, who won an award for it, and he is sacked for retweeting publicly available info. This is despite journos outing Conor McKenna, Steele Sidebottom, Jack Steven (when he was the victim) and the numerous other invasions of privacy that morally lesser media personas like Ralph, Browne and McGuire have committed time and time again.

As someone pointed out on Twitter, the fact that the vast majority of posters/personalities/fellow journos etc. are steadfastly defending him and his character, is a testament to the way he's conducted himself throughout his career.

The AFL will have a real troubling time defending this, considering how their media arm is supposed to be 'independent.'

What do people think will be the outcome here? Will the AFL double down, or will they try to save face and fire someone down the chain and rehire Mitch (if he even wants to come back)?

In a day where the majority of Victoria is about to enter Stage 4 lockdown and experience the closest thing to martial law in living memory, firing an honourable journo for posting something about someone who broke the rules selfishly, is about as tone-deaf as you can get to the wider feeling in the country - especially in Victoria.

Thoughts?

EDIT: Amended to show Instagram post not tweet, and stood down indefinitely not sacked.
 
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Sweet Jesus

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Hey guys,

As I'm sure alot of you are aware, journalist Mitch Cleary has been sacked over a retweet of Brooke Cotchin's publicly shared tweet.

This is on the same weekend as Nathan Buckley attending a tennis match, and four clubs breaching protocols in different ways.

Here we have probably one of the finest journalists in the AFL industry, who won an award for it, and he is sacked for retweeting publicly available info. This is despite journos outing Conor McKenna, Steele Sidebottom, Jack Steven (when he was the victim) and the numerous other invasions of privacy that morally lesser media personas like Ralph, Browne and McGuire have committed time and time again.

As someone pointed out on Twitter, the fact that the vast majority of posters/personalities/fellow journos etc. are steadfastly defending him and his character, is a testament to the way he's conducted himself throughout his career.

The AFL will have a real troubling time defending this, considering how their media arm is supposed to be 'independent.'

What do people think will be the outcome here? Will the AFL double down, or will they try to save face and fire someone down the chain and rehire Mitch (if he even wants to come back)?

In a day where the majority of Victoria is about to enter Stage 4 lockdown and experience the closest thing to martial law in living memory, firing an honourable journo for posting something about someone who broke the rules selfishly, is about as tone-deaf as you can get to the wider feeling in the country - especially in Victoria.

Thoughts?
Why exactly was he sacked?
 

Shadow89

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Why exactly was he sacked?
Literally for what it says in the post. He retweeted Brooke Cotchin 'outing' herself from the beauty salon - despite the fact that the information was already publicly known/available. Called it a 'breach of AFL privacy standards.' Absolutely bizarre, considering all AFL journos do is breach privacy and falsely report/impugn character.
 

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It is a disgrace that does serious damage to any percieved integrity associated with the AFL media brand.

Evidently the AFL only wants propaganda puff pieces.

Probably also again raises concerns in relation to the size of AFL media and its ability to control public narratives regarding how and what about the game is discussed.
 

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Sweet Jesus

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Literally for what it says in the post. He retweeted Brooke Cotchin 'outing' herself from the beauty salon - despite the fact that the information was already publicly known/available. Called it a 'breach of AFL privacy standards.' Absolutely bizarre, considering all AFL journos do is breach privacy and falsely report/impugn character.
Strange if accurate.
 

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If a certain journalist named in this thread can bother hawthorn players at Kennedy's wifes Funeral and keep his job, while Cleary can be sacked for tweeting public Instagram posts.

Jeez
I think the journo that did that was Browne, not Barrett.

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