John Hargreaves can’t even take responsibility for his own resignation – by blaming the media he is, yet again, showing why he is (was) such a poor minister. The fact is the Canberra Times, 666 etc give Labor a pretty good run because they have proven to be a very competent government.
You’d hardly call the Canberra press as vicious as say the Daily Telegraph and 2UE!
Hargreaves is just another polly who cannot look in the mirror and own up to his own failings; so he blames the press for reporting on his failings. Stanhope at least admits his mistakes and apologises – JH is deluded if he thinks this was a media witch hunt.
ED – One imagines this was prompted by Mr Hargreaves’ resignation announcement which included this howler amongst a great deal of self-praise:
I leave the Ministry of my own volition, for personal reasons. As I said last week, the selectively negative media attention that has dogged me for the last 12 months has taken its toll on me and my family and has been a factor in my decision.