News reports today have detailed an anti-Labor political editorial by Kerri-Anne Kennerley on Studio 10.
KAK declared the “end of life as we know it” if Labor wins, with doom and gloom fears of high-spending by a Bill Shorten government.
But she was also “seriously outraged” by plans for a “National Gender Commission” claiming Labor would spend “millions and millions” on the issue.
“These kids out there who are gender confused, and there’s a percentage of people out there gender confused, they will put up this Commission and like Tasmania-will have a child and it won’t be male or female, it will be gender-free. That’ll be national,” she suggested.
She continued, “Put money into kids who need the help but don’ts crew around with the other 95% that are doing OK and just a little bit confused.”
While KAK was on a roll with opinion, her co-hosts avoided engaging.
“Are you working for the Labor Party now?” Sarah Harris joked.
Angela Bishop then strategically detoured the conversation to broader campaign news via Joe Hildebrand. Nobody backed KAK on her position or gave it more airtime, knowing it is safer ground to stick to the facts.
When former Labor politician Sam Dastyari turned up later in the show, KAK corrected her statements, having been contacted by Labor’s media unit about “fake news.”
“I stand corrected it’s a National Gender Centre to support an advocacy for transgender Australians who will have education and training roles to promote awareness of transgender issues in the wider public, ” said Kerri-Anne.
As Dastyari tried to correct her points, co-hosts Sarah Harris, Joe Hildebrand and Angela Bishop tip-toed away from the couch.
Since joining Studio 10 KAK has given several viewpoints which have attracted wider comment, notably around Indigenous Australians. Attracting headlines is good for the show, and KAK is extremely skilled at bringing column inches to a show that needs bigger numbers.
But the subtext of today’s segment, in which her co-hosts effectively left her on her own, is also very telling.
Based on her years of doing TV her way, it’s probably how she prefers things anyway…