Peta Credlin forced to apologise to Kevin Rudd over false data harvesting claims
Sky News commentator Peta Credlin has apologised on air to Kevin Rudd for saying his petition calling for a royal commission into the Murdoch media was a “data harvesting exercise”.
The apology on Monday night was part of a confidential defamation settlement.
After Rudd’s petition reached a historic high of half a million signatures in November, Credlin accused Rudd of gathering email addresses to “bombard people with hard-left propaganda and urge them to boycott the Murdoch media”.
The former Labor prime minister immediately called for Credlin, a former chief of staff to Tony Abbott, to apologise “for her lies” but she did not withdraw them.