Australia's immigration minister has unleashed his true feelings about the state of the nation's media, accusing Fairfax Media of waging "a bit of a jihad" against the government.
Dutton claimed that Fairfax, which prints The Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne's The Age, had been waging a (holy?) war against the conservative government.
"The reality is that there is a bit of a jihad being conducted by Fairfax at the moment," he said on Sky News, Tuesday morning.
Earlier, he claimed the state broadcaster, ABC was part of this conspiracy that is trying to destroy the Abbott government.
"(There's a) huge move by Fairfax at the moment to try and bring the government down. I think regradless of what Tony Abbott does, Fairfax will say it's bad," he said on ABC radio.
Dutton added (while speaking into an ABC radio microphone) that Fairfax was "being helped by the ABC."
Fairfax and the ABC have been running political stories in recent weeks, showing that cabinet ministers are leaking negative details about the government.
"The reasons why this government gets poor coverage, at least in some areas of the media, is because it has been the worst government in our history," said former opposition leader Tony Abbott.
"If you want better coverage, be a better government."
The current opposition leader attacked Dutton's use of the word "jihad" to describe Australia's free press.
"Mr Dutton should not use inflammatory language associated with the war on terror, with attacking the media," he said in a press conference.
Then there was the former press secretary to Julia Gillard, Eamonn Fitzpatrick who had this to say...
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