|Embattled Rudd takes more Murdoch punches
Embattled Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd took another hit from media baron Rupert Murdoch who said the Labor leader was “all over the place,’’ in comments supporting conservative opposition leader Tony Abbott.
Rudd is presiding over weakened public finances, rising joblessness and a tepid economy.
Murdoch's powerful News Corp Australia newspapers, which have the largest circulation of any media group in the country, have already called for voters to “kick out'' Rudd's center-left Labor government.
But he went further today, talking about the character of the two men who are facing off in the September 7 polls, AFP reports.
“Conviction politicians hard to find anywhere,'' Murdoch tweeted.
“Australia's Tony Abbott rare exception. Opponent Rudd all over the place convincing nobody.''
Rudd's daughter Jessica Rudd, a writer, was quick to respond, tweeting back: #rupertmurdoch Thanks for taking the time each day to tell us what to think.''
News Corp has made no secret of its support for Abbott, with Sydney's Daily Telegraph running a front page editorial the day after Rudd called the polls under the headline “Kick This Mob Out''.
The tabloid has since run a string of stories against the government, including one in which Rudd was photoshopped to look like bumbling Colonel Klink from television show “Hogan's Heroes'' wearing a Nazi uniform and monocle.