Pauline Hanson makes ridiculous false claims about Covid-19 and vaccines live on Kyle and Jackie O – before radio host Sandilands scolds his own staff for censoring her
A car-crash interview with Pauline Hanson on Thursday’s Kyle and Jackie O Show saw tensions erupt between host Kyle Sandilands and his own senior producers.
The radio presenter, 50, scolded his in-studio censor and executive producer Sonia ‘Palestine’ Jahshan after learning the far-right One Nation politician was being censored during her live telephone interview.
Several statements Hanson, 67, made about Covid-19 and vaccines were bleeped out because they were false and risked causing harm to the community.
She made debunked claims about how Covid deaths are counted and the supposed ‘risks’ of the vaccines – even though the Pfizer and AstraZeneca shots are safe and highly effective in preventing people from becoming seriously ill with coronavirus.
Chaotic: A car-crash interview with Pauline Hanson (pictured) on Thursday’s Kyle and Jackie O Show saw tensions erupt between host Kyle Sandilands and his own senior producers
When Sandilands was alerted by callers to the bleeping, he furiously asked the censor and Jahshan why Hanson’s comments weren’t going to air.
‘Can somebody tell me what’s being beeped out and why it’s being beeped out?’ he said.
‘Our censor is saying some of what Pauline is saying is not government approved [health advice],’ Jahshan replied, which prompted Sandilands to scoff: ‘Bulls**t.’
‘We’re not a government show,’ he added. ‘This is not the ABC.’
Bleeped: Sandilands (pictured) scolded his in-studio censor and executive producer Sonia Jahshan after learning the politician was being censored during her live telephone interview
Jahshan reminded Sandilands and his co-host Jackie ‘O’ Henderson that KIIS FM was obliged to ‘be mindful of what we’re telling listeners’ about coronavirus.
But he wasn’t satisfied with this explanation and said Hanson had a right to express her views – even if they are demonstrably false and detrimental to the public health.
This was surprising given that Sandilands is pro-vaccine and even produced a music video encouraging Australians to get the jab earlier this month.
Lies: Several statements Hanson, 67, made about Covid-19 and vaccines were bleeped out because they were false and risked causing harm to the community. Pictured on June 17
Henderson, 46, also agreed ‘both sides’ of the discussion should be aired, and newsreader Brooklyn Ross suggested Hanson should be allowed to express her views so she could be properly challenged on them.
After the interview, which was ostensibly to promote Hanson’s Facebook page, there seemed to be fevered discussion behind the scenes of The Kyle and Jackie O Show.
Sandilands seemed to change his tune by the end of the broadcast, however.
He endorsed the Covid vaccine – which he has received himself – and blasted conspiracy theorists like Hanson who spread dangerous misinformation online.
He said: ‘When in doubt, are you going to believe your mental mate who’s running around in a tinfoil hat, or are you going to believe the government?’
Messaging: Jahshan (right) reminded Sandilands (left) and his co-host Jackie ‘O’ Henderson that KIIS FM was obliged to ‘be mindful of what we’re telling listeners’ about coronavirus
Hanson’s segment comes weeks after Sky News commentator Alan Jones was censored live on KIIS when he made inflammatory claims about the NSW lockdown.
The Kyle and Jackie O Show has a 30-second broadcast delay and in-studio censor to prevent obscene, defamatory or potentially harmful content going to air.
An ARN spokeswoman told Daily Mail Australia: ‘The Kyle and Jackie O Show has a live-to-air censor that monitors all content and makes a decision on what is appropriate to be broadcast on air and be published in accordance with the station’s regulatory obligations.
Outspoken: Hanson’s segment comes weeks after Sky News commentator Alan Jones was censored live on KIIS when he made inflammatory claims about the NSW lockdown
‘Kyle & Jackie O don’t shy away from talking about the hot topics that matter to their audience nor do they miss an opportunity to spread some much-needed light and fun as Kyle’s “Get Vaxxed Baby” jingle shows.
‘KIIS 106.5 makes every effort to fairly represent the views of its guests but has an obligation to balance freedom of expression against the expression of views that may be out of step with government health advice. We take our responsibilities very seriously, and appreciate that some views expressed by guests on the station may not always be shared by the wider community.’
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Henderson told Daily Mail Australia: ‘I am pro-vaccine and always have been.
‘I’m all for vaccination and for everyone to be safe and healthy, and I hope we can get back to some form of normality soon.’
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