Rudd lashes ‘dishonest and defamatory’ Daily Tele
Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has slammed a story on the front page of the Daily Telegraph on Saturday which suggested he used his ability to speak Mandarin to woo a Chinese donor during the 2013 election.
“Today’s dishonest and defamatory headline from the Murdoch media is a further example of the politics of smear against anybody who dares stand up against (Rupert) Murdoch,” Mr Rudd responded on Facebook. “The strategy is to delegitimise the reputation of anybody who dares challenge their authority, and it’s payback politics against any Murdoch opponent.
“For the record, I received zero “cash” as alleged by Ben English, the editor of this Murdoch rag, the Daily Telegraph.
“This ‘exclusive’ story that they have run with this dishonest and defamatory headline was so sensitive that it was openly published five years ago in Bob Carr’s book. There was nothing hidden about it then and there is nothing to the story now. I have referred the matter to my lawyers.”
What do you think? Does Rupert Murdoch wield too much power in Australia?