I’m sorry, but how is challenging outright lies in media a “meltdown”?

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Malcolm Turnbull is being accused of having a Twitter meltdown.


Because he challenged misleading news reports about what was in the budget, and had previously told the journalist that she was barking up the wrong tree, but they printed it anyway.

The Media party don’t like being called liars, so now it is Malcolm Turnbull having a “meltdown”.

Have a look at the negative reporting from the SMH:

Australia Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has launched a Donald Trump-like Twitter tirade in a response to a report that the government will scrap concession cards and welfare payments in the May budget, saying it’s “false” and he “outright” rejects it.

In a series of four tweets the Prime Minister slapped down the report in News Corp newspapers on Sunday which said the government was looking to scrap all welfare payments below $20.02 a fortnight, a change targeted at aged pensioners.  

“I can assure all aged pensioners the measure reported will NOT be in the budget,” Turnbull tweeted.

In another tweet he said he had assured the author of the story this was the case, “but she insisted on writing the story”.

He also attacked the Opposition Leader, saying: “And sadly, I can assure you that you can always rely on Bill Shorten to lie”.

Shorten said Turnbull’s personal attack on him in his “tweet meltdown” is the way he ends every public conversation these days.

‘I’m starting to feel sorry for Turnbull,” Mr Shorten told reporters in Melbourne.

“Turnbull, I think, is showing signs of pressure. He can’t cope with the pressure.”

He said Turnbull should focus on the needs of everyday Australians instead of blaming Labor.

And the facts?

Social Services Minister Christian Porter said the newspaper article, which cited a departmental document, was “wrong”.

Such a proposal would not be fair to pensioners and any such measure will NOT be in the budget,” Porter said in a statement.

He said the proposal referred to in the article was nothing more than a suggestion put forward by a department and immediately rejected by the government, as the journalist responsible for the article was advised.

The journalist was advised but ran the story anyway. Same actions from a dishonest media the world over…and they wonder why no one trusts them anymore.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.