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2GB top guns slam Gillard's chief spin doctor as a bully

Presenters at Sydney's top-rating talkback station 2GB have accused Julia Gillard's chief spin doctor, John McTernan, of bullying and abusive language.

McTernan contacted Money Show host Ross Greenwood on Wednesday after the presenter claimed the government's decision to raise tax on high-income earners' superannuation contributions would not apply to many politicians.

McTernan, a former adviser to Tony Blair, described the story – which Greenwood stands by – as an "inaccurate smash up".

According to Greenwood, the former Tony Blair adviser launched into an "absolute tirade" that involved him dropping the "f bomb" 30 times over 12 minutes.

"He got angry, super angry...he was trying to bully me," Greenwood said on Thursday night's program.

He said McTernan, a Scotsman, reminded him of Malcolm Tucker, the foul-mouthed fictional spin doctor in the hit series The Thick of It.

Breakfast kingpin Alan Jones launched to his colleague's defence this morning.

"Mr Macternan give me a call, give me a call," he thundered. "I'll be far less polite than Mr Greenwood, I'll be far less polite. But don't do it over the phone, join me in the office. These people are bully boys and they need to be treated as such Rosco."

Mornings host Ray Hadley also got in on the act, accusing McTernan of "riding roughshod" over the media.


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