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Leigh Sales slammed for being ‘soft’ on Abbott

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ABC’s 7.30 host Leigh Sales has been labelled “soft” for giving Prime Minister Tony Abbott an “easy ride” during an interview on Thursday night.

Mr Abbott said he would “probably” reshuffle his cabinet before the next election, but Sales didn’t press the issue, instead allowing him to go on and praise his staff.

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The Walkley Award-winning journalist’s name immediately began to trend on Twitter as viewers accused her of giving a ‘fluffy’ interview with “no brakes applied”.

Others went further, comparing Sales to Today host Karl Stefanovic, who last week called Mr Abbott “fairly feral” during an interview.

7.30 viewers also accused her of bias.

To the delight of Twitter users, an inappropriately-timed alarm also went off in the parliament building when Mr Abbott began discussing his budget with Sales.

Some joked the alarm was a “budget emergency alarm”.

Others suggested it may have been Mr Abbott’s chief of staff, Peta Credlin, ringing the fire alarm to try and get him out of the interview.

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