Fairfax commentator Mike Carlton resigns after sending abusive messages to readers

Mike Carlton has resigned from Fairfax after being chastised by the Sydney Morning Herald’s editor-in-chief Darren Goodsir, who last night apologised for a series of tweets and emails to readers by the commentator. 

Mike Carlton scum tweet

It was an apology which came only a day after the newspaper apologised for a cartoon used to illustrate a Carlton column condemning Israel’s shelling of Gaza.

In an interview with Fairfax Radio station Radio 2UE, Sean Aylmer, director of Fairfax news said that the company had suspended him, but Carlton chose to resign.

Carlton this morning has so far not commented on his resignation but instead took aim at News Corp Australia which has been critical of him over the cartoon and his correspondence, this morning labelling them “scum”.
Today The Australian carried a story with several examples of Carlton’s responses to readers emails and tweets, including him labelling one a ‘pissant’, ‘Lukidnik’ and telling some to ‘fuck off’. However the paper does not feature the messages which were sent to Carlton.

“We have (parted ways),” Aylmer told Radio 2UE Breakfast this morning. “Many readers wrote to Mike but what got him into trouble is the way (Carlton) responded to those readers and it was totally inappropriate and using inappropriate language.”

“It’s important to stress it’s not the (original) article itself but the way he treated readers.

“Yesterday the editor-in-chief of the Herald Darren Goodsir rang him and said you need to apologise. As the afternoon rolled on we spoke to him last night and more of these emails emerge we spoke to him again and said we would suspend him and he resigned on the spot.”

Update 10.05am – Carlton confirmed his resignation on Twitter urging his supporters to “maintain the rage”.Screen Shot 2014-08-06 at 10.05.51 AM


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