Upset with unfavourable coverage of the $308 million set-top box program, Communications Minister Stephen Conroy took the unprecedented step of announcing a war of Islamic jihad against the Murdoch Press.And,
Senator Conroy’s media adviser Lyall Johnson sent to all media press releases containing detailed answers to questions generated exclusively by The Australian…
Former John Howard chief of staff Grahame Morris said releasing detailed answers to questions was a “vindictive and stupid way” to treat the media.
As The Daily Telegraph explained,
This sort of behaviour undermines our ability to spin stories into tabloid fodder.