If there was a media training hand book lesson #1 might read something like this:
1. Please ensure you know what you are talking about before agreeing to talk to a journalist. Particularly someone as smart as Leigh Sales.
I tell my clients more than once in the media training sessions I run that you should never lie, fudge, guess or make stuff up!
Tony Abbott already features in my presentation on what not to do. Now I have another great example.