How perfectly reasonable questions to Dan Andrews left his hardcore fans so enraged they wanted the ABC to sack on of their most popular hosts: ‘Reprehensible… what in the hell happened to your soul’

  • ABC News Breakfast presenter was judged by some to have been far too harsh 
  • Some online commenters even resorted to crude language to make their point 
  • Daniel Andrews’ biggest supporters do not like to see him get tough questions

Daniel Andrews‘ notorious hardcore fan base have jumped to his defence after the Victorian premier was subjected to a perfectly reasonable on breakfast TV. 

Some of the premier’s supporters even went so far as to demand ABC News Breakfast presenter Michael Rowland be sacked for daring to question the Labor leader 12 days out from Victorians heading to the polls.

Others resorted to foul language after Rowland asked a question about Victoria and its battle with Covid after Melbourne endured the world’s longest lockdown.

‘Do you accept there are voters out there, possibly a lot of voters and possibly a lot of voters in Labor-held seats, waiting with their figurative baseball bats wanting to punish you for the lockdowns and other Covid measures in Victoria?’ said Rowland.

Many of Mr Andrews’ supporters took to Twitter to blast the question with some calling for the esteemed ABC journalist to be fired.

‘Another ABC show that is unwatchable. Michael Rowland – what in the hell happened to your soul,’ one wrote.

‘It is a sackable offence and he should be terminated immediately,’ a second wrote. 

‘Kinda sad when the media talks about baseball bats for lockdowns, when so many other people accepted that strong health measures were necessary (even if unpopular),’ a third wrote.   

‘Can anyone tell me when did the News Corp takeover of the ABC occur? Rowland should be sacked for this appalling diatribe,’ a fourth added.

Daniel Andrews (pictured) faced some tough questions on ABC on Monday morning

Another was so outraged, she called on Rowland to ‘just f**k off’.

‘You guys are no better than 7 and 9 and 10 would be if 10 had a breakfast news show. Pathetic,’ she wrote.

Another commenter said ‘it was extraordinary to hear him ask that question. Very disappointing. Not his usual style’.

Some questioned if Rowland and the ABC was taking a right-wing political stance ahead of the election. 

‘The ABC has been noticeably to the right, imo (in my opinion), for at least the last five years,’ they wrote. 

Mr Andrews hit back at Rowland and said he had made the ‘right’ decisions for Victoria.

‘Well, what I accept, Michael, is that I have a responsibility as the leader of this state not to do just the popular things, but to do the things that are right,’ he said.

‘And that meant that there were some very challenging decisions that had to be made. 

‘But people’s opinions, people’s views – that’s what elections are about. People will cast their votes, starting today, through until the 26th of November. My job is to put forward a positive and optimistic plan. That’s what we’re doing.’

ABC’s Michael Rowland (pictured) has been lambasted for his questioning of Daniel Andrews on Monday

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