I’ve seen Frontline, so I know not to watch Today Tonight or A Current Affair and expect to see serious or accurate reporting. But last night Media Watch revealed just how far TT would go in the chase for ratings. This time, they’ve edited comments from Australian Muslims, leaving an impression of them as rejecting the Australian way of life.
The point the interviewee, Ahmed Haouchar, was trying to make concerned Muslims not integrating fully into Australian society because of issues such as it being against their religion to drink alcohol.
What he said: “We will never integrate, the way other communities integrate purely because of the fact that you have to draw a line with what your idea of integration is and what our idea of integration and accepting the practices of other people are.”
What went to air: “We will never integrate.”
This cut-off quote was used as the basis for the story and its promotion. In turn it stirred up the usual nest of bigots on 2UE and elsewhere. I fail to see how TT can justify this, it’s a complete fit-up. Classic Frontline, in fact.
- MediaWatch’s video and the transcript are here.