The Project last night responded to criticism it had misled viewers with a clip on Monday night in which a woman told Scott Morrison she was “not my prime minister.”
The clip appeared to suggest a woman at an evacuation centre in Mudgee, NSW, rejecting the PM amid his absence during bushfire emergencies.
#NotmyPrimeMinister quickly lit up social media, with many praising the woman, Jacqui.
But she was later revealed to be a British citizen, which altered the context of her remark.
“Last night, we brought you a clip from an RFS volunteer called Jacqui. We need to make a correction,” Waleed Aly said.
“It turns out there was a longer exchange between Jacqui and the PM that followed that where she explained she was in fact a UK citizen and that’s why ScoMo was not her PM.”
Aly said significant parts of the clip were “inaudible … so we couldn’t actually deduce what was in that exchange.”
“This was clearly not a deliberate mistake on our part, it was however a mistake nonetheless,” he said.
“We take full responsibility for it.”
The Project team normally has a fact checker as part of its production team.
Source: 10 Daily