It was a Kevin Rudd meltdown, an “angry exchange” with Kerry O’Brien on the 7:30 Report Wednesday night where he “lost his cool”. Channel Ten last night trumpeted the prime minister’s “national television tantrum”.

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And the opposition seized: Greg Hunt said Rudd was “morphing into Mark Latham”; finance shadow Andrew Robb reckoned he was “starting to lose it”.

Crikey‘s Bernard Keane smelled a beat-up — and questioned yesterday why the now widely-circulating transcript of the interview contained all the prime ministerial ‘ums’ and ‘ahs’ when previous transcripts didn’t. Was Red Kerry still on the warpath?

Not so, the ABC’s head of national programs Alan Sunderland tells Crikey, who points out transcription services are produced by a separate team outside of the program and, in this case, handled by a “new, inexperienced transcriber who observed the ‘verbatim’ instruction a little too diligently”.

“I am satisfied that there was no editorial intention behind it at all, and it certainly had nothing to do with the program team itself,” he said.

Still, the translation was better than Google Translate’s effort on a story at Chinese news site CDNews, which reported on the Mandarin-speaking PM’s supposed rant to its millions of readers.

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TV freak and wigged-known reporter, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is facing new pressure today.

“Australian National Broadcasting Company” (ABC) television news program “7:30 report” anchor Oubulaien, yesterday accused the Rudd interview hold his first policy program of carbon trade program, Kevin Rudd has suddenly become emotional. Australian Senate has twice rejected the carbon trading proposal.

Rudd said: “(Australia Department of Climate Change Minister) Penny Wong and I spent 3 days 3 nights and from around the world gathered 20 leaders, trying to be a global agreement.” He his mouth fingers rap on the table edge.

He added: “You can now relaxed in the 7:30 show on reports that it is simple to do. Brother, let me tell you, this is not easy.”

Kevin Rudd, the opposition immediately bite fury to attack this issue. Only a few months before the election, Rudd’s poll ratings fell dramatically.

Opposition finance spokesman Rob told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation: “When Mr. Lu Kewen’s performance is challenged, he would freak. He would become aggressive, and self-defense, and began to get out of control.”

Kevin Rudd today for dinner, he was asked to “eat today, the drug was not calm,” when, ignore the question.

Opposition front, Mr Pine, said: “The prime minister seems to be slight as long as the pressure will become increasingly out of control.”

Outside of the magical-sounding “7:30 Report Land”, as Rudd described Kerry’s insular studio world, the Bundaberg NewsMail was crowing about its prime ministerial endorsement. Rudd’s meeting with the paper’s editors apparently “convince[d] him of what a great paper we have” — the digitally-enhanced image of Rudd in parliament proved it.

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In reporting the continuing decline of newspaper readership — including a 4.3% drop quarter-on-quarter for its own title — The Australian today blamed a “comparatively slow news period” for the result. From Australia to the Far East, with Wankley-worthy beat-ups like this, is it any wonder?

Peter Fray

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