Mike Carlton resigns from Fairfax Media after intense pressure

Mike Carlton resigns from Fairfax Media after intense pressure from antisemitic backlash.

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Fairfax columnist Mike Carlton has resigned. Source: DailyTelegraph

FAIRFAX has confirmed columnist Mike Carlton has resigned after intense pressure to apologise after using anti-semitic and abusive language towards readers.

Fairfax’s Head of Business Media Sean Alymer told 2UE this morning:

“What got him in a lot of trouble is the way he responded to those readers. It’s not the article itself, it’s the way he treated readers.”

Carlton was caught out sending abusive emails and tweets to readers who questioned his position on the conflict in Gaza, calling one critic a “Jewish bigot” and telling several others to “f**k off”.

According to Mr Alymer, representatives from Fairfax Media called Mr Carlton last night to enter into discussions to fix the issue.

“We said we’d suspend him and he’s resigned on the spot,” Mr Alymer said.

“He was apologetic. He accepted he had gone too far. As more emails emerge we kind of figured we needed to suspend him. We need to put the readers first.

“It wasn’t one or two emails, It was several emails. You just can’t do that.”

Last night, The Sydney Morning Herald’s editor-in-chief Darren Goodsir apologised to readers and called Carlton’s behaviour “completely unacceptable”.

“I have asked Mike to apologise for these actions. Mike regrets his behaviour and will be contacting affected readers to apologise,” he wrote.


According to The Australian , Mr Goodsir wrote to one disgruntled reader:

“Your points are valid, and well made — and, while I am not sacking him as you have urged, please rest assured that I have admonished him in the strongest terms”.

Carlton’s column on the conflict in Gaza on July 26 had many readers up in arms and this week Fairfax apologised for running a cartoon, which it said in hindsight was racist, that accompanied it.


NSW Jewish Board of Deputies president Yair Miller told The Australian ,

“This is not the first time Mr Carlton has resorted to abusive responses to members of the Jewish community over many years and we are glad the SMH editors are now aware of this”.

The Sydney Morning Herald is reportedly working in overdrive to save its plummeting subscriptions, with readers appalled at the Herald’s coverage of the Israeli/Gaza conflict.

“Israel has never offered the Palestinians a just and equitable peace,” Carlton wrote in his column.

“Fascism in Israel? At this point the Australian Likudniks, as Bob Carr calls them, will be lunging for their keyboards.

“There will be the customary torrent of abusive emails calling me a Nazi, an anti-Semite, a Holocaust denier, an ignoramus.

“As usual they will demand my resignation, my sacking. As it’s been before, some of this will be pornographic or threatening violence.”

Meanwhile, this isn’t the first abusive tweet to roll off Carlton’s tongue.




















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  1. Odious though his behaviour has been, I can’t help thinking that Carlton might be suffering from some sort of mental illness. His actions are not those of a rational person.

    However, it was clear that he had to go, as he was completely out of control.

  2. i heard him on the abc drive show where he blamed the all to powerful jewish lobby for his current lack of employment, he was sounding quite deranged actually. i wish there was a bloody powerful jewish lobby, whatever we have at the moment is rubbish!

  3. After reading his Facebook Page….started today (Wednesday, 6/8/2014) I am now convinced more than ever that he is an outright dangerous Jew hater. It is quite astounding just how many (Australian based) Islamic Web pages he is featured onto day signing his praises.

  4. Leon Poddebsky

    One assertion of his encapsulates his and the West’s ongoing latest crime against the Jewish people: in the same breath, he expressed his unbounded hatred for Israeli soldiers, while voicing his utter contempt for Jews in the dispersion, who do not, in his words, don military uniforms but instead sit comfortably in lounge chairs cultivating their coiffures.

    2,000 years of pumping into the populace myths ranging from deicide to “illegal settlement;” exploitative capitalism to subversive communism; ostentatious wealth to parsimoniousness etc etc, have done their work.
    The veneer that was glued on following the Shoah has peeled off; the rot has come to the surface. Columnists and commentators and embittered failed politicians are the showpieces of a deadly ideology, allied with another deadly ideology.

  5. Otto Waldmann

    Carlton will be readily identifies with a vast raft of true blues who identify with both his “literary” style and level of disdain for EVERYTHING smacking of formal decency. As a celebrated media clown he has been entertaining both in radio and print and, thus, has a solid following. Offending the Jew is NOT a major sin for the majority of Carlton’s fans. At the popular, pub level, of comment one of the perennial topic of derision and verbal offense remains, still, the Jewish “character” . Same goes for the majority of the “middle class”. It is, however, reassuring that , at the higher managerial levels of media, a healthy notion of common-sense seems to prevail, albeit not without some pressure from quarters who only demand that decency is observed, probably in spite of known populist receptacles in the greater social structures, as I alluded earlier.
    Carlton will find employment quicker than any regrets for his departure from Fairfax could possibly set in within his acutely enlarged hedonistic head. He will hit back not only because he sees himself above executive authorities ( he has been making a vanity driven fantastic living by showing cynical disrespect for ALL levels and shades of formal authority ) , but because he is quite unique in the landscape of the traditional larikin local culture. All those comments rendering his slightly or seriously deranged may be right at least to the extent of what solid popular acclaim could cause ANY creative free agency mind to treat decent criticism with dismissive, arrogant impunity.Correction of behaviour may not be expected !!!!