Liberal strategist calls ABC host 'a cow'
Prominent Liberal Party strategist Grahame Morris has apologised after describing ABC journalist Leigh Sales as a "cow" during a radio interview this morning.
The former chief of staff to John Howard made the remarks to 702 ABC Sydney in reference to the 7.30presenter's tough interview with Tony Abbott last week.
"Were you surprised that he didn't handle that better?" 702 host Linda Motram asked.
"Well, Leigh can be a real cow sometimes when she's doing her interviews," Mr Morris said after a long pause.
Later on, Mr Morris spoke again to 702 to apologise, but described ABC listeners calling in to complain about his remarks as "poor little sensitive souls".
"I probably should have said 'can be a tough interviewer when she wants to be'," he said.
Mr Morris rejected the assertion that he would not have used such language if he was describing a male journalist.
"I'm pretty used to it frankly, because its par for the course," Sales said.
"How does actually doing my job and asking pretty basic questions of a senior politician make me a cow, and would he ever call (former 7.30 Report host) Kerry O'Brien a cow?"
Sales said since the interview with Tony Abbott last week, she had been described as "shrill", "aggressive" and "a bitch", words she believed would not be used for a male journalist. original article...