Alex Turnbull under fire for ‘unsavoury, disgraceful’ comments about female journo
The son of former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull is under fire over a “disgraceful” social media post about a female journalist.
On Monday, The Australian journalist Janet Albrechtsen shared a story about Alex Turnbull to her Twitter account.
“Alex Turnbull has become a very funny caricature of the sore loser,” her caption said.
Alex Turnbull has become a very funny caricature of the sore loser. Keep it coming. https://t.co/niI0MlJihi
— janet albrechtsen (@jkalbrechtsen) December 3, 2018
It didn’t go down well with the former PM’s son, who replied to Ms Albrechtsen with a low blow.
Mr Turnbull went against his progressive beliefs, using the journalist’s sex life to try and shame her.
His tweet has since been deleted and a weak, conditional apology issued.
Apologies to Janet Albrechtsen. Your personal life, much like your opinions on family values and judgements on the lives of others have no place in public discourse.
— Alex Turnbull (@alexbhturnbull) December 3, 2018
Ray Hadley has slammed Mr Turnbull’s comment as “disgraceful”.
“He needs to pull his head in and wake up to himself.
“He’s a young man saying dumb things and I’ve cut him some slack… but now he’s entered the debate in the most unsavoury, disgusting way.
“And for that, he should be condemned.”
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Fairfax journalist Latika Bourke rushed to the defence of her News Limited counterpart, questioning Mr Turnbull’s motives.
“If Abbott or any of the right-wing Libs made such a comment about a female journalist would you consider that decent, respectable and a sign of your progressive credentials?”
Why on earth do you think any woman’s sex life is something you can comment on? If Abbott or any of the right-wing Libs made such a comment about a female journalist would you consider that decent, respectable and a sign of your progressive credentials?
— Latika M Bourke (@latikambourke) December 3, 2018