Dr Mumbo

The mysterious case of Sonia’s silent, talkative telly mates

Five minutes can be a long time in the outrage industry.

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Take last night’s story from news.com.au, published at 11.09pm, about how Sonia Kruger’s “TV friends” weren’t commenting on her unfortunate views on Australian immigration policy.

The first of these “TV friends” mentioned was The Project’s Waleed Aly, who some journalists appear to believe has a duty to be a permanent spokesman on all issues relating to Islam. According to the article, he was “unwilling to offer his thoughts” apart from “briefly” addressing it on the show.

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Five minutes later, at 11.14pm, there was another hot take, in a separate article. Apparently, Aly was willing to offer his thoughts after all. Indeed, he’d “waded into the debate”, sharing his point of view with viewers of his national prime time show several hours earlier.

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The article then went on to quote virtually in full, over 11 paragraphs, Aly’s views. Deliciously, the two contradictory articles sat next to each other on the news.com.au home page for a few hours.

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How the contradictory stories looked at 4.50am today

And then at about 7am the Waleed story vanished from the home page, leaving poor old Sonia once again isolated by her mean telly mates.

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8.15am: The sotry about Aly speaking out vanishes from the home page

Dr Mumbo wonders whether the real issue news.com.au was unhappy about was Aly not wanting to speak to them.


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