Australian newspaper accuses Prime Minister of ‘bullying’ media for
| News.com.au article A day after a former Labor minister labelled the Federal Government’s $2.8 billion funding package for the ABC a “bullying” one, the Government’s own communications director says it is “an insult” that the article in question “is not accurate”.
The article was published in the Sydney Morning Herald on Thursday.
“I find it insulting to the integrity of the media to put a report out there that is not correct,” Communications Director for Communications Greg Medcraft told reporters in Canberra on Friday.
The newspaper said it did not want to comment further on the matter.
Labor MP Craig Kelly said on Twitter that the story “should have been fact checked, not edited”.
He also said it was “not a very good day” for the country.
Kelly said the article was based on a quote that was “absolutely” wrong.
“I think this Government needs to be held accountable for the fact that it is putting out false information about the Government,” he said.
He was speaking to reporters in the House of Representatives on Friday morning.
In a statement, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said it would not be appropriate to comment on the ABC article.
Earlier on Friday, Mr Turnbull was asked by a questioner about whether the ABC’s report had been “edited”.
“This is an article that has been published by a journalist.
This is not an editorial,” he replied.
Mr Medcraft said the story was a “good job” by the ABC, adding it “had a great deal of integrity”.
“It was written by an independent journalist,” he told reporters.
ABC Fact Check editor David Walsh has also called for an apology from the ABC.