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Jun 12, 2014

‘Not a protected species’: Seven stands by Muir interview

Is asking to go 'off-air' a request to go off-the-record? Ricky Muir's people think so, but it's not a shared view.

Myriam Robin — Media Reporter

Myriam Robin

Media Reporter

It wasn’t even supposed to be about Ricky Muir. But after Clive Palmer invited Channel Seven’s Sunday Night to meet him and his new senators in the United States, where he was taking them on a study tour, it was the tag-along Australian Motoring Enthusiasts Party Senator-elect who got all the attention after he failed to answer simple questions about parliamentary democracy and the platform he was elected on.

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  1. Vincent O'Donnell

    There are two further dimensions to the story.

    One, the interview was a 3.17 min. part to a 25 minute story with Clive Palmer at the centre. The three PUP senators-elect each got 2 to 3 minutes. Lambie from Tasmania was narrow but impressive, Lazarus(Qld) avuncular but unfocussed and Wang (WA) was in thrall to Palmer but cleverer than the rest.

    Muir had to have some screen time or the report would be unbalanced, open to charges of anti-Muir bias. Muir was interview in two settings and asked predictable questions. I’ve not seen the field tapes but as a director and editor whose worked in news, the Muir footage had few cut points for continuity editing though two camera seem to have been used in the formal interview. They seem to have gotten the best they could from a man who is unaware of his task.

    The second is that anyone who offers themselves for high office has a duty to the Australia voter to know enough about our parliamentary system to learn on the job. On that count, Mr Muir seems comprehensively to fail.

  2. AR

    This, “ ‘the wink, wink, nudge, nudge, I’ll look after you if it all becomes a little too hard, possum’? What, by the way, are the ethics of censoring interviews and depriving audiences of the complete story?“, from an MSM reptile!?
    Like they did with Abbott for the last three or more years?
    I’m reserving my opinion of Senator Muir until he’s had a couple of months to settle in.
    If he proves to be a moronic waste of space at least he’ll have plenty of company under-the-Hill.
    I would ask Sens. Xenophon & Leyonhjelm to act as mentor – if successful he could yet renew our hope in the political process.
    Or go the way of FF & the sclerotic party system.

  3. bushby jane

    Seemed to me that it doesn’t matter what sort of a dill he is at this stage-he has a well-paid job for quite a few years doing nothing if he wishes; this interview would have been more productive before the event.
    By the way, didn’t Willisee do a dud interview himself once?

  4. Liamj

    If Muir becomes an touchstone for try-before-you-buy challenging of candidates then that’ll be an enormous contribution to the nation.

    His best move from here would be to dump his Qld-based handlers, expel Clives puppet-hand up his jacksy, get himself to Cathy McGowans confab this weekend & steal some organisers to develop & canvass his constituency.

  5. Stuart Brown

    The Saddest thing about this is we have ben told by Keith Littler that Mr Muir was unavailable for the last 8 months as he was receiving training. If that is the best that Mr Littler can do when he was the “minder” as well and had not only refused but banned all others in the party, especially those in Victoria form even talking to let alone helping the senator. The the question has to be asked who is Littler and what is his agenda? What path is he taking 22m Australians on? and why is Mr Muir letting him and not even talking with those who he represents and was elected by?

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