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'Commercial Madness': Latham Speaks Out After Sky News Axing

The former Labor leader praised Donald Trump while lashing out at 'left offenderati' media outlets.

01/04/2017 9:19 AM AEDT | Updated 01/04/2017 10:56 AM AEDT
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Mark Latham has spoken out after being axed from Sky News.

Controversial former federal Labor leader Mark Latham has blamed "snowflake" left-wing media outlets for prompting his sacking from Sky News Australia.

Latham, who was engaged as a commentator on Sky News, had his contract torn up this week after coming under fire for calling a Sydney schoolboy "gay" during the network's Outsiders program.

It was the latest in a series of controversies involving Latham, including labelling former NSW Premier Kristina Keneally an "Obeid protege" and a stoush with ABC radio presenter Wendy Harmer.

Speaking on Saturday, Latham said Sky had caved into their media opposition in having him axed.

"They got themselves into a terrible situation where they're allowing their employment roster to be dictated to by their media opponents," Latham told Macquarie Radio.

"Fairfax, the ABC, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, The Guardian website, these are the left offenderati, the snowflakes, who can't handle a bit of straight talk Australian language who have kicked in the outrage about me and Sky has buckled."

He labelled Sky's decision "commercial madness", saying it was the "dumbest thing any media manager can do".

"You've got vacuous people running these things who haven't got the guts to stand up to nonsense," he added.

Latham said he was currently entertaining a number of media opportunities and was still engaged to write his column for the Daily Telegraph newspaper.

In the interview with 2GB's Luke Grant, the former Labor leader also paid tribute to US President Donald Trump.

"Here's a bloke who has made a fortune in the toughest property development market in the world, Manhattan. He was top rated for his Apprentice show in the toughest TV market in the world, the US. He beat all those governors and senators and sons of presidents in the presidential primary for the Republican party, then he beat the revered Clinton machine," Latham said.

"He's raised a beautiful family, his kids are a wonderful tribute to him ... on top of that he's married to Miss World, what have you got to be regarded as a success by these rotten miserable mongrels at Fairfax and the ABC on the left."

The strident comments come after a Twitter tirade by Latham earlier in the week after he was dumped from Sky.

It's not the first time polarising comments have caused trouble for the former federal opposition leader.

In 2015, Latham stepped down as a columnist at the Australian Financial Review after statements he made about anti-domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty.

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