AFL to consider journalist bans: McLachlan



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    AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan believes there’s merit in Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley’s call to ban journalists in certain circumstances.

    Buckley made the extraordinary suggestion after Brad Hardie sensationally claimed on 6PR that Fremantle coach Ross Lyon had sounded out the Pies about the possibility of coaching the club.

    The outraged Dockers took the unusual step of denouncing the “spurious claims” in a press release, with Magpies president Eddie McGuire labelling Hardie’s contention “a total lie” on the Nine Network.

    Hardie, a Brownlow Medal winner, has stood by his claim.

    But McLachlan will consider the possibility of stripping journalists of their AFL media accreditation in light of the episode.

    “I actually thought it was quite a good idea,” McLachlan said on 3AW on Friday.

    “There’s a responsibility everywhere, our players, coaches, officials, everyone is held incredibly accountable every day. We are also talking about people’s livelihood and careers and this allegation talked to integrity.

    “The thought that someone (could) actually just make something up that has such significant ramifications.

    “I think there almost has to be an accountability for that and taking accreditation away seems to me to be a fairly logical outcome of that, so I reckon that it is worth looking at.”

    When it was suggested the measure was akin to censorship, McLachlan said the penalty wouldn’t be imposed for an unpopular opinion.

    But he conceded there would be difficulties in proving beyond doubt that a journalist had fabricated a story.

    “That’s the issue, how do you prove it to be true?” he said.

    “That they lied or it’s not true? So you end up in a bit of a nil-all draw. But the serious accountability for people making stuff up should hold.”

    © AAP 2018

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    • August 18th 2017 @ 3:59pm
      Peter The Scribe said | August 18th 2017 @ 3:59pm | ! Report

      Whack Brad Hardie and strip Mark “click bait” Robinson of accreditation while you are at it.

      • August 18th 2017 @ 8:14pm
        Gordon Smith said | August 18th 2017 @ 8:14pm | ! Report

        Brad Hardie does not need the AFL’s permission to talk about football. He is not employed by the AFL but by a radio station and that is the only people he has to answer to. They might prevent him from calling games or going to the Brownlow if they want to be puerile, which is quite within their capacity.

        • August 19th 2017 @ 12:45am
          Don Freo said | August 19th 2017 @ 12:45am | ! Report

          No Gordon. He also does not need to be in the press gallery. That’s the point. He doesn’t have to go to footy games to write his crud because the actual games has nothing to do with what he talks about. A media pass is what they are talking about.

          Let him write and let us continue to mock him. Only he and Smokey Dawson ever believe what he says.

          • August 19th 2017 @ 9:02am
            Gordon Smith said | August 19th 2017 @ 9:02am | ! Report

            It’s not about wether Hardie is a fool it’s about the threat coming from an organisation that is smug and entitled and wants to control what is reported. In short an abuse of power. It’s about the principle not Hardie

    • August 18th 2017 @ 8:16pm
      Gordon Smith said | August 18th 2017 @ 8:16pm | ! Report

      This highlights the Melbourne centric nature of the VFL particularly in administration and media. He uses the very familiar “Nathan” because although originally from SA Buckley is coach of Collingwood and part of Victoria football aristocracy. This is about an elite group defending each other. I seem to recall that when Ross Lyon moved from St Kilda to Freo lots of nasty unproven things (that were denied) were said about Lyon from the Victoria press, that was of no concern to the VFL (sorry AFL). He will seriously regret saying this.

    • August 18th 2017 @ 10:00pm
      Mattyb said | August 18th 2017 @ 10:00pm | ! Report

      Outrageous comments by McLachlan,and a good example of one of the problems with football today,I certainly disagree with Hardys comments but the return fire from the top makes me feel ill.
      Hardy isn’t employed by the AFL,the issue is how easily we now except bias and lap it up.

      • August 19th 2017 @ 12:50am
        Don Freo said | August 19th 2017 @ 12:50am | ! Report

        I love it. An ego driven fool like Hardie will be scouring every article to see anybody supporting him. He will be embarrassed by the public response I love the call by Bucks and Gil. The rumour mongers are the greatest blight on footy comment. Footy doesn’t need it.

        Speculation and guessing is great but this “I know because I am so close to the game” stuff gives me the heebies.

        • August 19th 2017 @ 8:27am
          truetigerfan said | August 19th 2017 @ 8:27am | ! Report

          Hardie stands by his claim. Whether it is spurious or not, I don’t know. The fact is he has every right to air what he believes to be true despite the big brother calls for his neck. Sensitive or aggrieved parties can choose their own course of action. Innocent till found guilty or hang him without trial? Harden up!

          • August 19th 2017 @ 9:52am
            Peter The Scribe said | August 19th 2017 @ 9:52am | ! Report

            Ridiculous comment Tiny Tiger, this is the adults talking back to the kids table son. So called media such as Brad Hardie, Karl Langdon and Aker shouldn’t be allowed to just make stuff up. A great call by Bucks and Gill to strip them of their rights.

            • August 19th 2017 @ 2:39pm
              Don Freo said | August 19th 2017 @ 2:39pm | ! Report

              To be fair, Langdon doesn’t do that. He is always challenging Hardie and Hagdorn. Karl is just a great footy observer.

              I’m sure Karl was instumental in having Hardie was moved on from their joint programme. Hardie has been replaced by the very fair Paul Hasleby. They talk footy now.

          • August 19th 2017 @ 10:53am
            Don Freo said | August 19th 2017 @ 10:53am | ! Report

            He stands by his claim in a “Did!…Did not!…Did!” way.

            Its just the tantie denial of a boy caught with his hand in a cookie jar.

          • August 19th 2017 @ 11:11am
            rusty said | August 19th 2017 @ 11:11am | ! Report

            I agree. It is a shame that theroar didn’t include the transcript between mclachlan and Mitchell(?) on the radio because to be perfectly frank Mitchell made him look like an amateur. What if down the track Hardie was shown to be correct but has had his accreditation removed?

            • August 19th 2017 @ 2:41pm
              Don Freo said | August 19th 2017 @ 2:41pm | ! Report

              Hardie has never been correct in his life.

    • August 19th 2017 @ 9:13am
      Gordon Smith said | August 19th 2017 @ 9:13am | ! Report

      Below is a quote from an article by Chip Le Grande

      The first is that the AFL is not qualified to be an arbiter of what is true and false in football.

      Remember, this is the organisation whose previous chief executive Andrew Demetriou vowed to “go to my grave’’ on the knowledge that Essendon was not paying James Hird during his year of suspension. Demetriou was dead wrong; Hird was being paid.

      Demetriou publicly ridiculed this reporter, on the Neil Mitchell program, for writing that the AFL had put a settlement offer to Essendon doctor Bruce Reid and was poised to drop a conduct unbecoming case against him. “Absolutely garbage, not correct,’’ Demetriou thundered.

      The story was absolutely correct. A week later, the AFL dropped the charge against Reid and the case was settled.

      These are merely my examples. Any journalist who writes about football long enough will have examples of their own. It is not always a case of an AFL official lying, although some certainly do. In the case of McLachlan’s mentor Demetriou, he simply didn’t know what was going on in his own organisation

      • August 19th 2017 @ 9:39am
        mdso said | August 19th 2017 @ 9:39am | ! Report

        It is NOT ALWAYS ABOUT the AFL lying, what a line. The VFL/AFL lie through their teeth a lot of the time.
        Andrew Demetrio may have made it a past time but since the time of Gillon McLaughlin character assassination has stepped up a notch. The kind of journalism and the behaviour of journalists during the Essendon Supplements Saga
        was more than disgraceful and continued for years not days, weeks and months under the leadership of Gillon McLaughlin. As Demetrio once said jokingly, “They call him the negotiator for nothing, we would rather have him working for us than against us.”

      • August 19th 2017 @ 9:54am
        Peter The Scribe said | August 19th 2017 @ 9:54am | ! Report

        Gordon, your mistake is classing Hardie among real journalists. He isn’t. He is a Baffoon like Langdon.

        • August 19th 2017 @ 12:47pm
          Gordon Smith said | August 19th 2017 @ 12:47pm | ! Report

          I agree so this will further tarnish his reputation as it should. That is how life works and respect in this world is lost and gained. I am NOT supporting Hardie but if you can not see this as a draconian bully threat by the AFL then I am afraid we are on different wavelengths.

          • August 19th 2017 @ 5:22pm
            truetigerfan said | August 19th 2017 @ 5:22pm | ! Report

            Objectiveness is not The Scribe’s strong suit, especially when it concerns Collingwood!

    • August 19th 2017 @ 9:37am
      BigAl said | August 19th 2017 @ 9:37am | ! Report

      I am always amazed how so many big tough footballers – heros on the field just go to water when they are subjected to tough tactics in the media !

      I recall a line years ago by Patrick Smith re an episode concerning Dermott Brereton – along the lines –

      “…on the field he was the bravest and most courageous of warriors, yet off it he heard footsteps when there were none ”

      Further more, I blame all this on the rise of Donald Trump!

    • August 19th 2017 @ 9:56am
      Karma Miranda said | August 19th 2017 @ 9:56am | ! Report

      This whole thing is a microcosm of the overall Standards of the Media in today’s Society. Is Hardie even a Journalist? TV, Radio and Print are full to the brim with Former Footballers, ex-Reality TV “Stars” and Standup Comedians; few if any with any Journalistic background. How do you censor someone who’s Media Career is built on popluarism and outrage, given their time in the spotlight despite having no training in or requirement to adhere to proper Journalistic Standards?

      Next thing you know, they’ll start coming after Coaches Accreditations…

      • August 19th 2017 @ 10:56am
        Don Freo said | August 19th 2017 @ 10:56am | ! Report

        So your fear of an imagined trend is your reason to endorse such destabilizing gossip.

        Fear does have that ability to cripple clear thought.

        • August 19th 2017 @ 5:59pm
          Karma Miranda said | August 19th 2017 @ 5:59pm | ! Report

          I endorsed nothing Don Freo, merely made a coment about the Status Quo. Looks like you’re making stuff up like Hardie does.

          Rather than go on the attack, perhaps Buckley should have asked Hardie to reveal his source, as he’s not bound by any Journalistic code of ethics. This would have avoided Buckley looking like Hardie had gotten under his skin, and would have relieved McLachlan of the urge to threaten action that’s well beyond his control.

          • August 19th 2017 @ 10:13pm
            Don Freo said | August 19th 2017 @ 10:13pm | ! Report

            Nah! Bucks’ response was perfect. When Hardie understands the disdain in which he is held by relevant footy people, he is cut to the quick.

            Hardie is the kind of bloke who will end up sitting alone on Brownlow night still claiming he stands by his claims while the others have their Brownlows in their pockets. His, of course, will be in the vault at Cashies.