Lateline still ranks as the best Current Affairs program, even on the ABC and here is a good example of why. Emma Alberici has done her homework and not given young Christopher open slather. Pity more Journos don’t study their subject matter.
Here is a bit of the transcript.
EMMA ALBERICI: Let’s just pick up on a few of the claims you’ve made there. You say that none of the members of her party were good enough, but the truth of the matter is Bob Carr is exceptionally qualified for the position. You could say he has been preparing for it for more than 40 years. Most of the people in her party concede it was a good appointment, including Stephen Smith who has come out and said he welcomes the move?
CHRISTOPHER PYNE: Well Emma, Stephen Smith would say that, wouldn’t he? Quite frankly, Bob Carr is an intelligent bloke and he is decent company. He has no foreign policy experience and reading a book on the US Civil War at rugby doesn’t mean that you are a smart guy. It means you like reading US history.
EMMA ALBERICI: Hold on a minute there. Let me pick you up on that for a moment because, of course, he has got some overseas experience. He is certainly a well known figure on the international stage. He is the founding member of the US Australia Group. He was a member of Tony Blair’s International Climate Change Taskforce. He has received an award for his contribution to Australian-US relations. He is hardly unprepared for an international post?
But like a good pollie, Pyne snuck away from his ill considered comments and decided to attack Bob Carr’s term in government. Nice try buddy but Lateline viewers are more observant than the standard Current Affairs consumers. The lesson should be clear though. Stick to the Mickey Mouse wannabees and you should be fine. Don’t presume to run this drivel on Lateline.
For the full video clip and transcript click here.
Thanks for the “heads up” Jim.
And the photos.
Tony Abbott wondering what Christopher is talking about. (Couldn’t resist pinching this one coz usually it’s everyone wondering what Tony is on.)
Emma Alberici. One of the few true journalists kicking around Aussie politics these days.
Christopher and Bob Carr. (Bob didn’t have to lift a finger to score.)