Retiring Oakes blasts modern pollies

September 15, 2017

Veteran journalist Laurie Oakes was has been honoured at a Melbourne Press Club farewell lunch.

Journalists should stop turning to social media reaction for news stories and politicians need to show more wit and bravery, retiring Nine News political editor Laurie Oakes says.

The 74-year-old took parting shots and reminisced about the "good old days" in a farewell lunch hosted by the Melbourne Press Club on Friday.

Recent media coverage of a photo of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull holding his grandchild and a beer was giving oxygen to social media "trolls" and modern politicians have "become scared" and too cautious, he said.

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