'Grumpy' Scott Morrison whinges journalists are 'too hard on him' - but he ...

'Grumpy' Scott Morrison whinges journalists are 'too hard on him' - but he ...
'Grumpy' Scott Morrison whinges journalists are 'too hard on him' - but he ...

A 'grumpy' Scott Morrison has moaned to a media boos that some of his newspapers columnists are too hard on him. 

In a 20-minute meeting with Nine's chief executive Mike Sneesby in Canberra, the prime minister reportedly said the print journalists were too 'tough' on him.

While he wanted to put it his discontent on record, Mr Morrison's tone was reportedly 'grumpy, not furious'.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured) is reportedly 'grumpy' over his treatment by columnists at Nine-owned newspapers

Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured) is reportedly 'grumpy' over his treatment by columnists at Nine-owned newspapers

Mr Morrison (pictured at the Bathurst 1000 on Sunday) is said to have used words to the effect of, 'You're too tough on me' and 'You smash me every single day'

Mr Morrison (pictured at the Bathurst 1000 on Sunday) is said to have used words to the effect of, 'You're too tough on me' and 'You smash me every single day'

Nine owns The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, and the Australian Financial Review since buying Fairfax in 2018.

Mr Morrison is said to have used words to the effect of, 'You're too tough on me' and 'You smash me every single day', according to The Australian.

However, he praised one of the columnists' TV colleagues, A Current Affair host Tracy Grimshaw, who he thought gave him a tough but fair grilling over the Brittany Higgins rape allegations earlier this year.

Amongst the columns deemed to have upset Mr Morrison in recent times are those focusing on whether or not he lied to French President Emmanuel Macron over the nuclear submarines deal.

Other touchy subjects were what he said in text messages to Labor leader Anthony Albanese about his trip to Hawaii two years ago during the bushfires, and his response to claims of sexual assault and sexism in federal parliament. 

Nine defended its journalists, telling The Australian: 'We're very happy with our columnists.

'As always, no concessions were made to either side of politics. All editorial decisions at the mastheads are made by the senior editors, anyway.' 

However, he praised one of the columnists' TV colleagues, A Current Affair host Tracy Grimshaw, who he thought gave him a tough but fair grilling over the Brittany Higgins rape allegations earlier this year

However, he praised one of the columnists' TV colleagues, A Current Affair host Tracy Grimshaw, who he thought gave him a tough but fair grilling over the Brittany Higgins rape allegations earlier this year

Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured right) was all smiles at the Bathurst 1000 on Sunday, but that was before the latest polling numbers came out

Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured right) was all smiles at the Bathurst 1000 on Sunday, but that was before the latest polling numbers came out

On Sunday, Mr Morrison was all smiles at the Bathurst 1000 car race in western NSW, but that was before a poll showed 47 per cent of voters believe Labor will form the next government at an election expected in March or May.

Just 37 per cent expect the Coalition to be returned for a fourth term, the poll conducted for The Australian found.

Labor leads the two-party preferred race over the Coalition, 53 to 47 per cent, on a primary vote of 38 per cent.

The Coalition primary vote fell a point to 36 per cent while the Greens also lost a point to finish the year on 10 per cent.

Pauline Hanson's One Nation improved a point to three per cent with other minor parties also gaining a point to 13 per cent.

In a 20-minute meeting with Nine's chief executive Mike Sneesby (pictured) in Canberra, the prime minister reportedly said the print journalists were too 'tough' on him.

In a 20-minute meeting with Nine's chief executive Mike Sneesby (pictured) in Canberra, the prime minister reportedly said the print journalists were too 'tough' on him.

Mr Morrison was all smiles at the Bathurst 1000 car race in western NSW, but that was before a poll showed 47 per cent of voters believe Labor will form the next government at an election

Mr Morrison was all smiles at the Bathurst 1000 car race in western NSW, but that was before a poll showed 47 per cent of voters believe Labor will form the next government at an election

Mr Morrison dropped a point as the preferred prime minister to 45 per cent and Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese lost two points to 34 per cent while 19 per cent were uncommitted.

The poll showed 44 per cent of those polled were satisfied with Mr Morrison's performance while 52 per cent were dissatisfied - a net negative approval rating of minus eight.

Mr Albanese's approval rating lifted two points to 39 per cent while those dissatisfied fell three points to 45 per cent - a net negative approval rating of minus six.

This is the first time Mr Albanese has enjoyed a lead in net approval since March last year. 

Mr Morrison dropped a point as the preferred prime minister to 45 per cent and Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese lost two points to 34 per cent while 19 per cent were uncommitted

Mr Morrison dropped a point as the preferred prime minister to 45 per cent and Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese lost two points to 34 per cent while 19 per cent were uncommitted

Short-tempered Scott Morrison repeatedly snaps back in fiery interview as he is accused of 'abandoning' Brittany Higgins, calling women liars and living in a 'bubble' unaware of abuse against women 

By Kylie Stevens for Daily Mail Australia - published March 26, 2021

Scott Morrison has angrily defended his handling of the Brittany Higgins rape claim and other parliament sex scandals in a fiery TV interview.

The prime minister repeatedly slapped down accusations by A Current Affair host Tracy Grimshaw as she pummelled him on Thursday night's program.

Mr Morrison insisted he was not 'judge and jury' and police investigations should be allowed to play out.

He defended not opening an independent investigation into allegations that Christian Porter raped a 16-year-old girl in 1998 when he was 17.

Police closed the investigation as there was not enough evidence to proceed after the alleged victim took her own life last year.

Tracy Grimshaw grilled Scott Morrison over why Brittany Higgins' rape complaint was so badly handled and she was essentially left 'on her own' when the process failed her

 Tracy Grimshaw grilled Scott Morrison over why Brittany Higgins' rape complaint was so badly handled and she was essentially left 'on her own' when the process failed her

Mr Morrison attempted to draw a line under many of the issues, and frequently rejected the premise of Grimshaw's questions. 

He said he found it shocking and daunting when he first learned of Ms Higgins' allegations that she was raped by a male colleague in defence minister Linda Reynolds' Parliament House office in 2019. 

Grimshaw grilled him over why her complaint was so badly handled and she was essentially left 'on her own' when the process failed her.

'Why was she on her own? You don't need processes to know how to act humanely,' Grimshaw asked. 

'You

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