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Barrie Cassidy loses it over ABC News coverage of election

Former ABC star Barrie Cassidy loses her temper over Leigh Sales-led network election coverage: ‘Bizarre and nauseating’

  • Barrie Cassidy has criticized ABC for its election coverage on Saturday night.
  • The former Insiders host took issue with ABC’s focus on liberals.
  • Cassidy, 72, called the public network’s analysis “nauseating.”
  • The ALP emerged victorious, with Anthony Albanese appointed as the 31st Prime Minister

Former Insiders host Barrie Cassidy has launched a Twitter tirade against ABC for its “strange” election coverage.

Cassidy, 72, criticized her former employer’s reporting of the election results in a series of tweets as the Australian Labor Party emerged victorious on Saturday night and Anthony Albanese was appointed as Australia’s 31st Prime Minister.

The veteran journalist, who has covered past elections on the public broadcaster, took issue with how ABC tended to focus on the Liberal Party over Labour’s victory.

Former Insiders host Barrie Cassidy (pictured) launched a Twitter tirade against ABC for their election coverage

Former Insiders host Barrie Cassidy (pictured) launched a Twitter tirade against ABC for its “bizarre” election coverage.

Leigh Sales of 7.30 headlined ABC's coverage along with Insiders anchor David Speers, election analyst Antony Green and chief political correspondent Laura Tingle.

Leigh Sales of 7.30 headlined ABC’s coverage along with Insiders anchor David Speers, election analyst Antony Green and chief political correspondent Laura Tingle.

‘This ABC coverage is really quite strange. There is hardly any mention that we have a new government,” she wrote.

Leigh Sales of 7.30 headlined ABC’s coverage along with Insiders anchor David Speers, election analyst Antony Green and chief political correspondent Laura Tingle.

At one point, Speers discussed swings against the Liberals in key seats and how it was a “terrible night” for the party, causing Cassidy to question why ABC continued to discuss the Liberal Party’s loss.

“Discussions about how liberals will manage are nauseating. Types. We have a new government. Discuss,’ he said on Twitter.

Earlier in the evening, Cassidy asked why the ABC was ‘talking about a minority Labor government making deals with the Teals (independents) to form a government’.

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The veteran journalist, who has covered past elections on the public broadcaster, took issue with how ABC tended to focus on the Liberal Party over Labour's victory.

The veteran journalist, who has covered past elections on the public broadcaster, took issue with how ABC tended to focus on the Liberal Party over Labour’s victory.

He then criticized the public broadcaster again, writing: ‘ABC keeps talking about the liberal party. We have a new government. It raises some problems; some talking points. It doesn’t happen very often. I think it’s a good topic.

The political journalist said he was also “disappointed” that ABC did not “congratulate” Labor MP Tanya Plibersek on her party’s victory when she was interviewed during the coverage.

‘Reset guys. You don’t have to be chickened out anymore,” he added.

Barrie Cassidy was the host of ABC’s Insiders from 2001 to 2019.

Before that, he served as a media advisor to Bob Hawke for five years.

Anthony Albanese (pictured with Penny Wong, his girlfriend Jodie and their son Nathan) has stated that

Anthony Albanese (pictured with Penny Wong, his girlfriend Jodie and their son Nathan) has declared that “Australians have voted for change” after winning a historic election victory.

The Australian Labor Party won the 2022 federal election and Anthony Albanese became Australia’s 31st Prime Minister.

He is the fourth Labor leader since World War II to win the opposition government.

Albanese declared that “Australians have voted for change” in his victory speech after scoring a historic election victory on Saturday.

The 59-year-old snatched at least nine seats from the Liberal Party but may still need the support of the Greens and independents to govern.

At 1am on Sunday, the Labor Party had 72 seats, four short of the 76 needed for a majority, but was on course to win five more for a narrow majority.

The Coalition had 55 seats and the minor parties 13 after ‘teal’ independents crushed the Liberals in Sydney and Melbourne.

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