Peta Credlin (Image: Sky News)

Last Friday, Sky News broadcaster and former chief of staff to Tony Abbott Peta Credlin set the “days since we’ve broadcast shoddily-researched racial vilification” counter from three back to zero.

She claimed on her show that Melbourne’s new outbreak could be blamed on “poorly-assimilated migrants” from the South Sudanese community who couldn’t speak English and had ignored social distancing in an “end-of-Ramadan feast”.

It was based on unconfirmed reports that an Eid celebration sparked an outbreak, and linked that — seemingly without evidence — to a community that is 90% Christian, making the claim more laughable.

The expected outcry came — followed by that rarest of things, an actual apology from Credlin:

It wasn’t accurate. It was incorrect and given I pride myself on being accurate, I apologise to my viewers for getting that wrong, and in particular, I apologise to the South Sudanese community.

Credlin then took a “lengthy call” with a group of members of the South Sudanese community and their advocates to “discuss their experiences and concerns”.

We’re sure this will herald a real reckoning and proper change at Sky. Oh hey, while they’re at it, perhaps they could apologise for giving the following people a platform?

Blair Cottrell

By the time he was interviewed by Adam Giles — and called an “activist” — Cottrell had bragged of using  “violence and terror” to manipulate women and said Jews were “as small physically as they are degenerate in character … the white races are coming for you.” And much, much more.

News director Greg Byrne conceded the interview was “wrong”, but stopped short of exactly apologising, and Giles wasn’t seen on Sky again for two whole months.

Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux

Lauren Southern, after sauntering into Australia in an “It’s OK to be white” T-shirt, was interviewed by Rita Pahani, Andrew Bolt and Paul Murray. The time Southern was detained in Italy for attempting to block a ship that rescues stranded refugees in the Mediterranean, oddly, never came up

On Bolt’s show, she was joined by Stefan Molyneux to talk about how ethnicity plays a role in IQ differences and the so-called “white genocide” in South Africa (remember that?). 

Incidentally, Molyneux was just kicked off YouTube for breaching its hate speech policies.

Milo Yiannopoulos

Sparkly bully Milo Yiannopoulos was besties with Bolt for quite some time, who, like much of Australia’s right, loved his outrageous takes on “virtue signalling” and “feminism is a cancer”.

Outsiders was simply aglow at the sight of him — check this intro from host Ross Cameron: 

I have to confess to you, the word ‘fawn’ comes from ‘faunen’, old English, which means rejoice, extol, exalt. And there are little bambis bouncing around the studio because we have gone the full fawn. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome Milo Yiannopoulos.

Yiannopoulos had spent his time with Breitbart News laundering the voices of neo-Nazi groups into the mainstream.

Cameron is one of the few presenters to face any consequence for racist comments, when he was sacked for his comments about Chinese people being (oh, Christ … ) “slanty eyed”. A sacking which, by the way, made Bolt “heart-sick”.

Cameron and then co-host Rowan Dean did apologise when former senator David Leyonjhelm defamed the Greens’ Sarah Hanson Young on their show, but Dean did not after telling race discrimination commissioner Tim Soutphommasane to “hop on a plane and go back to Laos”.

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It’s almost as if the broadcast of fact-free racist segments like the one Credlin is now apologising for aren’t so much mistakes, as a fundamental part of the Sky News business model?

Peter Fray

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