Lying too easy now with lazy media, Turnbull tells Woodford
MALCOLM Turnbull has called for less spin in politics, savaged the negativity of public debate and criticised lazy media during a public address at the Woodford Folk Festival.
A large crowd - including former prime minister Bob Hawke - packed the Concert Stage area of the festival to hear the shadow communications minister and one-time leader of the federal Liberal party.
"It's not a 24-hour news cycle, it's a 60-second news cycle now, it's instantaneous," said Mr Turnbull.
"It has never been easier to get away with telling lies. It has never been easier to get away with the glib one liner."
The prolific tweeter acknowledged he took a share of the blame in being drawn into negativity and the "game of politics", but said politicians and the media were wrong if they thought they were "helping battlers" by using one-line sound bites.
"They are not respecting them, they are treating them with contempt," he said, to a round of applause.
More on what Turnbull had to say at Brisbanetimes.com.au
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