Guardian’s Van Badham claims Weekend Sunrise ambushed her with Mark Latham

Guardian Australia columnist Van Badham has claimed she was tricked by Seven’s Weekend Sunrise into taking part in a chaotic live debate with aggressive commentator Mark Latham.

Sunday morning’s segment descended into farce after Latham began to throw personal insults at Badham – who was in Melbourne while the show was broadcast from Sydney – who struggled to defend herself.


Badham posted on Facebook this morning claiming she was told the segment would be a straight debate between herself and News Corp columnist Miranda Devine on feminism.

“SURPRISE! Only when the cameras were rolling on a *live broadcast* did I discover professional misogynist and goon Mark Latham waiting for me,” she wrote.

“Fifteen minutes passed in which very little was discussed beyond Latham making factually untrue statements about the gender pay gap, blithering out a ramble of invented claims about my background, accusing me of being an extremist (an anarchist! tremble under the sheets, Martha!), and stating his belief that I am ‘safely ignored’.”

During the debate, labelled a “special investigation” that asked the question “Are men misunderstood?” hosts Andrew O’Keefe and Angela Cox struggled to control Latham. Both Badham and Devine, who was in the studio, found it hard to get a word in as Latham clashed with O’Keefe and labelled Badham a “self-declared anarchist on the extreme left of politics”.

Taking issue with Latham dismissing her as “safely ignored”, Badham posted a link to an article in Elle magazine in the US entitled ‘This woman’s eye roll is the only reaction Gif you’ll ever need’.

She added: “Believe it, folks: I am SO SAFELY IGNORED that this article appeared in the US magazine Elle this morning, which has a Twitter following of a safely ignored 5m people.”

It is normal practice for the show to email guests participating in a segment with a detailed brief including a script which indicated who else is participating and the likely issues to be discussed.

Sunrise executive producer Michael Pell told Mumbrella: “Mark Latham is a regular panellist on that segment every Sunday. Care was given to ensure everyone had their say.”

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