Sam Armytage has hit back at reportage of a Sunrise segment yesterday which debated a newspaper article “Save Our Kids.”
The front page article quoted assistant minister for children & families David Gillespie calling for “white” families to care for at-risk Aboriginal children.
In yesterday’s Hot Topics segment commentators Prue MacSween and Ben Davis agreed children should not be left in abusive environments.
“Don’t worry about the people who decry and handwring and say, this will be another Stolen Generation, said MacSween.
“Just like the first Stolen Generation, where a lot of children were taken because it was for their wellbeing, we need to do it again, perhaps.”
Host Sam Armytage hoped “sense prevails.”
But while the regular opinion segment at 6:48am shared similar views, it lacked an Indigenous perspective or alternative viewpoint.
Sam Armytage has since defended the segment on Twitter.
A Seven spokesperson also defended the segment, saying: “Editorial opinions, either written or articulated are a vital part of journalism.
“At all times on Sunrise, respect for others and their values and opinions is a foundation principle in debates.
“The issue raised by the page one article in today’s newspapers around the country warranted a discussion in a fair and reasonable forum, as undertaken by social commentators Prue MacSween and Ben Davis.”
In 2010 Sam Armytage apologised to viewers after Prue MacSween used the word “retard” during a debate about education for children with special needs, acknowledging “We do believe it belongs to a different era.”