Locally presented without local hosts. A tipster reports “wry smiles” at the ABC, after the Oz ran a correction on page 2 about a report on ABC programming changes while repeating the error later in the same edition.

Here’s the correction …

And on then page 5, there’s this story …

Myriam Robin

Ever wanted to see Steve Price lose his shit? Then watch this clip from last night’s The Project. Crikey contributor Irfan Yusuf was interviewed about Muslim group Hizb ut-Tahrir, and had the gall to compare the radical group to Andrew Bolt.

In discussing the suggestion that Hizb ut-Tahrir said Muslims singing the national anthem was a form of forced assimilation, Yusuf explained that he never had to sing the national anthem at school (“we sung the school hymn. Our school board didn’t like the national anthem because they were all a bunch of monarchists and they preferred ‘God Save the Queen’”). But Yusuf just didn’t understand Price, who argued “if you’re going to a tax-funded school, what’s wrong with singing the national anthem?”

Yusuf’s comparison of Hizb ut-Tahrir to Price’s mate Andrew Bolt though was the last straw. “That is absolute rubbish. That is absolute rubbish,” Price said. “You oughta be ashamed of yourself.”

Perhaps comparing Bolt to Hizb ut-Tahrir hit a bit too close to home for Price, given he’s discussed similar topics with Bolt himself in the past. Here’s Bolt and Price discussing the vexed topic of Muslim integration with Liberal MP Concetta Fierravanti-Wells. Price’s contribution: “To improve their English language might be a start…” — Crikey intern Josh Ribarich

 Front page of the day. The race on all the front pages …


Peter Fray

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