Q&A: “How dare you”
One of Q&A's most compelling moments of the year came in the closing minutes of last night's show.
One of Q&A‘s most compelling moments of the year came in the closing minutes of last night’s show when former PM Malcolm Turnbull took aim at The Australian’s Editor at Large Paul Kelly over coverage in Murdoch-owned newspapers about bushfire coverage as “arson” and print influence over democracy, more broadly.
Last night on #QandA, Malcolm Turnbull clashed with The Australian's Editor-at-Large Paul Kelly over climate science, claiming NewsCorp has "turned this issue of physics into an issue of values or identity". pic.twitter.com/v5mb69Zvs8
— QandA (@QandA) November 10, 2020
Turnbull challenged Kelly to follow James Murdoch’s lead on climate change dissent and resign, which ignited a furious response from Kelly.
Finger pointing and criticism of Turnbull’s failures followed.
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Host Hamish Macdonald was forced to bring things to a close, having already run overtime.
“We are a long way overtime,” he said. “I suspect this might continue in the Green Room.”
Update: News Corp responds:
“Last night, former Liberal Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull made the false assertion against News Corp on the ABC’s Q&A program: ‘We had 12 million of hectares of our country burnt last summer and your newspapers were saying it was all the consequence of some arsonists.’
“This unsubstantiated statement is blatantly untrue. The facts demonstrate starkly the falsity of Mr Turnbull’s claim,” a News Corp Australia spokesman said.
It details press coverage here.