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The Australian Prime Minister believes he's being dealt a bit of a tough blow at the moment from the media.
Scott Morrison met with Nine's chief executive Mike Sneesby in Canberra for around 20 minutes, according to The Australian, and remarked how he had recently been getting a battering from the company's columnists.
Nine has owned The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, and the Australian Financial Review since 2018.
The Australian claimed Mr Morrison told Mr Sneeby that 'you're too tough on me' and complained that his journalists 'smash me every single day'.
Australian PM Scott Morrison. Credit: PA
The newspaper report added that the Prime Minister's tone was 'grumpy, not furious'.
Despite the criticism against the columnists, Nine believes they have been doing a stand up job keeping the government honest.
"We're very happy with our columnists," the network said in a statement to The Australian. "As always, no concessions were made to either side of politics. All editorial decisions at the mastheads are made by the senior editors, anyway."
To be fair, Scott Morrison has had a rocky few years.
The start of 2020 saw his 'I don't hold a hose' approach to the Black Summer bushfires, along with his quick trip to Hawaii in the middle of it, and Aussies were not happy with either.
His handling of the coronavirus pandemic and the vaccine rollout copped some heavy criticism and his handling of the submarine deal with the French was also fairly rough.
The Prime Minister's plan for Australia committing to carbon dioxide net zero was also lambasted by critics for lacking in detail and substance.
Opinion polls have also seen Mr Morrison cast in a negative light.
A Newspoll commissioned by The Australian in the middle of last month showed the Coalition had made a two-point lift to 37 per cent but still trailed Labor at 38 per cent.
The Greens held 11 per cent of the support. On a two-party-preferred basis, the Coalition continued to trail Labor 47-53 per cent.
These numbers caused Mr Morrison to say it was 'fairly clear' that he was the underdog going into the next federal election, but that he'd 'been here before, on more than one occasion'.
"Having spent pretty much since June locked up in various quarantines and other lockdowns in NSW and in Canberra, I am just pleased to be out and about talking to people," he said.
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