12 July, 2016. 13:15
CLANCY OVERELL | Editor | Contact
[dropcap]Last week [/dropcap]the recently elected federal senator and leader of the far-right political party One Nation, Pauline Hanson, struck back at the patronising Australian media by posting a video on Facebook, now viewed more than 370,000 times, in which she told her supporters she was putting the news outlets on notice.
I wouldn’t mind a working relationship with you. But if you’re not going to give me a fair go, don’t come knocking on my door, because you ain’t going to get an interview out of me.
The controversial anti-multiculturalist’s declaration of a media boycott proves to be hardly an issue for her voters, as most of them don’t ‘trust’ mainstream media anyway – opting to get their ‘news’ from grainy jpeg images created by right-wing extremists on Aussie Pride Facebook pages.
However, the senator’s announcement appears to be quite an issue for breakfast news outlets, particularly Channel 7’s Sunrise, who have worked very hard to maintain a strong bond with Pauline Hanson over the years – only to lose access the moment she became popular enough to be voted into the Australian senate.
Whether it was Dancing with The Stars, or her regular appearances on Seven’s Sunrise – ABC’s Media Watch have counted 20 appearances for Pauline Hanson on Channel 7 since September, of which she was paid for each.
Speaking to The Betoota Advocate today, Sunrise host and the goofy uncle of Australia’s jaded underclass, David Koch says the Seven Network have unintentionally shot themselves in the foot by giving Pauline Hanson enough airtime to become a real political force.
“We’ve essentially just gifted our most lucrative dial-a-grab to the Federal Senate for the next six years” he said.
“We are going to be hard pressed to find another ‘Islam expert’ that can bring about as much online discussion as Pauline Hanson does when she berates a international community of 1.5 billion people on our breakfast show”.
“We really look forward to having her back on. She really resonates with our audience demographic,”
“Not many other people are able to draw parallels between Islam and the fact that Kev from Geelong has a problem with the grog. She’s the only one speaking for these people,”
When asked if he was concerned that Pauline Hanson might be a bit uninformed, following revelations that the One Nation Party has copied slabs of text from the internet for some of its policies — including from Wikipedia, David Koch says no.
“Look, we are always going to be hard pressed to find many Australians who are actually an authority of Islam, or multiculturalism in general,”
“The only social commentator that comes to mind is Waleed Aly, but he is too far too vague. Our audience wants to be told who to blame for the fact that they can’t find work and that their children are growing up in a violent household.”
In what is surely to become nothing more than a headline, it was reported today that chunks of Senator Hanson’s policies on halal certification, sustainable development and medicinal cannabis have been copied directly from the internet.
These revelations will do nothing to change the fact that Pauline Hanson has already been voted into the senate.
During her pre-election campaign, which was heavily aided by paid media appearances on Channel Seven, Ms Hanson called for a ban on Muslim immigration to Australia, a royal commission into Islam and a ban on new mosques.
Local voter, Tahleighah (32) from Bendigo agrees with everything Pauline Hanson says.
“I didn’t know who she was until I seen her Sunrise,” she says.
“But she makes sense, aye. Especially when it comes to the Mosques,”
Tahleighah says that One Nation is the only political party that preaches common sense policies when it comes to creating an inclusive society where people from other backgrounds are able to build their own places of worship, just like the hundreds religions currently operating in Australia are able to do so
“Ban the mosques I say, building a mosque in Bendigo will only ruin our already crystal-meth-ravaged town.”