Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Vicki Wood

PM blasts ABC on coverage of Snowden, asylum seekers

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott has stepped up his criticism of the ABC, accusing the national broadcaster of being unpatriotic in its coverage of the Snowden leaks and asylum seeker abuse claims.

Mr Abbott also questioned the ABC's newly established Fact Check unit, saying he wanted the corporation to focus on straight news gathering and reporting.

"A lot of people feel at the moment that the ABC instinctively takes everyone's side but Australia's," he said in an interview with Ray Hadley on Sydney radio station 2GB.

"I think it dismays Australians when the national broadcaster appears to take everyone's side but its own and I think it is a problem."

Asked if he shared those sentiments, Mr Abbott said he was "worried and concerned" by the ABC taking a lead in reporting leaks from former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

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