Jun 4, 2018

And the Wankley goes to… Sunday Night for its Barnaby Joyce interview

The much anticipated Sunday Night interview with Barnaby Joyce and Vikki Campion missed a few important points, but did manage to ask whether Campion was "sassy".

Emily Watkins — Media reporter

Emily Watkins

Media reporter

Crikey likes to take the time to recognise the worst expressions of journalism with a Wankley award. And we can think of no one more deserving this morning than Channel Seven's Sunday Night, for its softer-than-soft paid interview with former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce and his partner Vikki Campion (featuring their baby son).

Reporter Alex Cullen's questions, including who made the first move and asking Joyce whether Campion was "sassy", were notable for what they missed -- in short, just about anything that made the affair newsworthy.

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42 thoughts on “And the Wankley goes to… Sunday Night for its Barnaby Joyce interview

  1. Marcus Hicks

    I still want to know about those extra 50 nights Joyce spent in Canberra, at taxpayers expense. Any chance a real journalist will ever ask him these tough questions?

    1. Bill Hilliger

      Definitely not!

    2. Bill Hilliger

      Definitely not!

    3. Paul Guy

      I certainly hope so. I’d love for 4 Corners to cover the story properly after the dross that Channel 7 served up.

      1. 1984AUS

        The Four Corners program would have to include the emasculation of the MRBA by Joyce for his own mates massive financial gain, including water theft and 2500% overpayment of market value for the Webster water licences. Also the negating of health and safety regulations in the live export of animals leading to shocking cruelty and torture.

        Joyce and his CSG blocks.

        John Anderson, former deputy prime minister and leader of the Nationals, was appointed chairman of Eastern Star Gas in 2007 — WHILE STILL a sitting MP.

        Santos is trying to frack the area where Joyce on the advice of Anderson bought two barren blocks.

        Barnaby Joyce bought two barren blocks of land in NSW between 2006 and 2008 because of the massive CSG deposits underneath.

        In late 2011, Eastern Star Gas was bought by giant gas company Santos for a reported $739 million and sold off a 20% working level interest in ESG’s permits in the Gunnedah Basin for A$284 million to TRUenergy now operating as EnergyAustralia owned by China Light and Power.

        Four Corners would have to make it a serial of 4 episodes minimum to cover the Joyce retail salesman’s antics.

  2. klewso

    Can’t it be shared around – with those lumps of our “news” media who years have treated Cousin Jethro as some sort of protected species – the media who paraded and indulged him like some “greatest retail politician” dancing bear, seemingly for no other reason beyond “he got up the noses of the left” – for whom “suddenly” despite all his selfish, self-indulgent form, his habit of governing for his own interests and his donors’ (think M-DBA Upper Darling irrigators; live-stock exporters; Rinehart), on show for years, multiplied by their “media expertise in politics”, he’s suddenly “spontaneously combusted” : but they couldn’t see it coming?

    1. old greybearded one

      None so blind as those who will not see Klewso.

    2. Vasco

      Well zapped Klewso; epic fails as a minister of the crown. Still with his grubby hands in the public purse. Don’t give a rat’s about his personal life; his incompetence and self indulgence as a supposed representative of the people is the outrage. Still waiting for the details of Campion’s travel while she was in our employ to be released.

  3. old greybearded one

    An appalling piece of journalism and when Joyce talks about the “scum of the earth” in the coalition front bench, he should also look in the mirror.

    1. klewso

      He’s right though. Just look who they voted to lead them for a while.

      1. DF

        The inept being “led” by the inept.

  4. Irfan Yusuf

    Well skewered.

  5. Venise Alstergren

    Cousin Jethro (thankyou Klewso) may be the most despicable ex-parliamentarian ever to have drawn breath, but surely the real culprits are the midget brained ar”eholes who elected him. It is said no one knew what this barnyard bantam was really up to. Oh yeah? Everyone in politics knew the real Barnaby. Knew he was a lying hypocritical son of a bitch.
    And now no one knew. Not even the ultra smart Gina Rhinehart who makes money faster than Barnaby can shout “I’m innocent.”

    1. 1984AUS

      Voters knew, as a woman drove around Tamworth streets with a loud hailer telling them. They knew alright.

    2. Peter Wileman

      Or “it’s her fault”.

    3. AR

      Alas, he’s not yet an ex-parrot.
      And the electorate knew – one of his daughters. was driven around in a ute telling them, via a loud hailer

      1. 1984AUS

        Correct. It was common knowledge in Canberra and in the electorate. New England National voters will vote for a flyblown carcass if it had the National Party brand on its hide.

        1. brian crooks

          1984, New England is a fly blown carcass, Barnaby Jo is just one of the blown flies that hatched out out.

  6. Marilyn

    Mystery Road for me.

    1. Harry.v.Dirchy

      Yep, thought it was an excellent bit of Australian drama & will be watching it again next week. Although waiting to see what Mitch Fifeld’s complaint will be.

  7. Margaret Kittson

    I didn’t watch it but I am curious to learn the answer to a question which I don’t know if anyone has asked – just exactly when Barnaby did learn whether the baby was to be a boy or a girl.

  8. Arky

    TBH I reckon they escape the prize by reason of bringing out the bit of information about the government MPs pressuring Campion to have an abortion. Joyce is gone, putting the screws to him further might be fun but achieves nothing. The news about the depths to which members of this government will sink, however, is a big deal.

    The prize should really go to all the journalists for years who’ve reported on Joyce as some kind of political genius and “maverick” and “great retail politician”, as if they were Fox News covering Sarah Palin.

  9. swimming the Hellespont

    Retail politician can only mean retail of the Coles Store kind – not worth 2/6.

    1. Bill Hilliger

      No, it means they can be bought for as little as 2/6.

    2. AR

      I assumed that it was the “pile ’em high, sell ’em cheap” model.

  10. mary wood

    So Vicky Campion is employed as a media advisor – really? She appears to be totally incompetent at her job. But that is not grounds for dismissal in these dismal times.

    1. 1984AUS

      Campion was Deputy Editor I believe in some Murdoch trash publication, so perfectly suited for the job for 3 Nationals MPs and Joyce. I understand it was her that devised the shameful TV ad inferring Windsor and Gillard were having an affair. A good article appeared in The Saturday Paper by Bongiorno on the matter.

      1. brian crooks

        is champion a media tart, or just a political tart, and is there a difference?

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