Listen up, Peter Dutton.
After a week of the Abbott Government getting smashed internationally by media outlets for Operation Fortitude, the Minister for Immigration Peter Dutton has now turned what was a political shit sandwich into a rolled gold turd soufflé.
When under pressure in an AM interview yesterday, Mr Dutton said there was a “huge move by Fairfax at the moment to try and bring the Government down”.
He accused Fairfax of anti-Government “jihad” and said the “ABC was helping Fairfax”.
Mr Dutton’s comments mimic complaints made about News Limited’s political coverage from Julia Gillard when she was Prime Minister.
And she wasn’t alone. Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd (my former beloved boss) went more than a smidge further when he said media mogul Rupert Murdoch was using his newspapers to attack Labor because he saw the NBN as a threat to his Foxtel business.
It is a slippery slope to take.
Mr Dutton has now ventured into what we call in politics “insider baseball” – and it is a dangerous place to be.
It is dangerous because it is highly distracting for the Minister, his staff and the government who have very real issues they would rather be dealing with.
It is dangerous because it angers journalists and editors, the people you really need to keep a strong working relationship with when you’re a politician.
And mostly it is dangerous because the Australian public just doesn’t care.
Once you start talking about yourself in politics and ‘how hard done by you are’, you are in real trouble.
The Australian public cares about real issues a great deal – but politicians blaming the media because they have “unfair coverage”. Well, that’s just being a whinger.