In an opinion piece for The Saturday Paper, Carland described the “Salem-esque furore” that descended upon Australia and surrounded Abdel-Magied over the past two weeks since her heated debate with Senator Jacqui Lambie on ABC-TV’s Q&A.
Carland wrote: “In The Australian alone, there have been 26 editorials and opinion pieces, and four front pages and exclusives.”
“Every major news site in the country, and some internationally, has run at least one piece on the unfolding drama – 184 at last count.”
Carland went on to explain that the media has taken screenshots of Yassmin’s Facebook exchanges and written scathing stories about them. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has weighed in. Our politicians have discussed the controversy during parliamentary question time. A former prime minister has voiced his opinion on the issue. Petitions with thousands of signatures have circulated both in support and condemnation of Abdel-Magied. The trolls on Twitter have come out in force. And even Solange Knowles has chimed in.
Carland believes this kind of viscous, excessive response would be more fitting if Abdel-Magied had “outed herself on the program as a paedophile or a North Korean spy”.