Every politician has scrapes with the media, but last week former Australian Prime Minister John Howard fared worse than most at the hands of the fourth estate. Although votes are still being counted, it looks as if former Australian Broadcasting Corporation journalist Maxine McKew will make the conservative government’s resounding defeat a little more bitter by unseating the Prime Minister in his own Sydney district. McKew, who interviewed Howard regularly as a TV journalist, has argued that her three decades in the field have prepared her for governing. As for John Howard, he learned that too many “no comments” can cost you.

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