Channel 9 does not have a very good reputation amongst ordinary Australians. Their various tabloid outlets have been harassing people for decades, turning up at their doorstep, chasing them down the street, trying to embarrass them in front of a national audience.
60 Minutes comes in for special scrutiny. Let’s go over some of their highlights, or low-lights, because we know everybody just loves listicles.
1: That time 60 Minutes did child abduction
2: That time 60 Minutes colluded with Antifa terrorists
Australia’s neo-nazis are growing and there’d be far more outrage if they were called Mohammad, not Matty. We unmask the key recruiters/US/Russia links with huge help from @jason_a_w @WhiteRoseSocAU @slackbastard @alexsmann and many brave sources. https://t.co/gJckHsLRRW
— Nick McKenzie (@Ageinvestigates) August 20, 2021
- A false flag is being attempted.
- A situation will be engineered to look like a terrorist event.
- The publicly available facts surrounding the false imprisonment of Thomas Sewell;
- The convenient timing of the arrest of Jacob Hersant;
- Who openly states that if any nationalist suggests committing a terrorist attack they should be reported to the police;
3: That time 60 Minutes blamed a family for flood deaths
That’s not the first time 60 Minutes tried to link innocent people to deaths. In 2015 they conveniently left out crucial facts to frame a family as criminally negligent regarding flooding, and it cost a journalist over a million bucks.
In May 2019, a jury ruled that a 60 Minutes story aired in 2015 about the 2011 Grantham floods defamed four members of the Wagner family, from Toowoomba, Queensland, by implying they were responsible for the 12 deaths that occurred during the disaster. In November, a court ordered Channel Nine to pay $2.4 million plus $63,000 in interest to the family. Nick Cater, a journalist featured in the program, was ordered to pay an additional $1.2 million in damages. Justice Peter Applegarth, who was in charge of the case, stated that while Cater had information contradicting the program’s allegations, he did not include them in the story. Applegarth also concluded that Channel Nine failed to inform the Wagners of the allegations until after the program had been publicised, and when the family did send a statement to Nine, they did not include it in the program.
4: In America, 60 Minutes’ sister program covered up the health risks of cigarettes:
In 1995, former Brown & Williamson Vice President for Research and Development Jeffrey Wigand provided information to 60 Minutes producer Lowell Bergman that B&W had systematically hidden the health risks of their cigarettes (see transcription). Furthermore, it was alleged that B&W had introduced foreign agents (such as fiberglass and ammonia) with the intent of enhancing the effect of nicotine. Bergman began to produce a piece based upon the information, but ran into opposition from Don Hewitt who, along with CBS lawyers, feared a billion dollar lawsuit from Brown and Williamson for tortious interference for encouraging Wigand to violate his non-disclosure agreement. A number of people at CBS would benefit from a sale of CBS to Westinghouse Electric Corporation, including the head of CBS lawyers and CBS News. Also, because of the interview, the son of CBS President Laurence Tisch (who also controlled Lorillard Tobacco) was among the people from the big tobacco companies at risk of being caught having committed perjury. Due to Hewitt’s hesitation, The Wall Street Journal instead broke Wigand’s story. The 60 Minutes piece was eventually aired with substantially altered content and minus some of the most damning evidence against B&W. The exposé of the incident was published in an article in Vanity Fair by Marie Brenner, entitled “The Man Who Knew Too Much”.
The New York Times wrote that “the traditions of Edward R. Murrow and “60 Minutes” itself were diluted in the process,” though the newspaper revised the quote slightly, suggesting that 60 Minutes and CBS had “betrayed the legacy of Edward R. Murrow”. The incident was turned into a seven-times Oscar-nominated feature film entitled The Insider, directed by Michael Mann and starring Russell Crowe as Wigand, Al Pacino as Bergman, and Christopher Plummer as Mike Wallace. Wallace denounced the portrayal of him as inaccurate to his stance on the issue.
The tl;dr of this is that 60 Minutes stuffed up so badly they made a movie about it.
5: That other time 60 Minutes got a little too cozy with intelligence agencies
We’ll just leave this one here.
On December 15, 2013, 60 Minutes aired a report on the National Security Agency (NSA) that was widely criticized as false and a “puff piece.” The story was reported by John Miller, who once worked in the office of the Director of National Intelligence.
6: That time it turned out 60 Minutes was rife with Sexual harassment
The cry of “sexual harassment” is generally utilised by opportunistic females working in big corporations to advance their interests. Whether the media pays any attention to it is also based solely on opportunism. However, you do not define your enemy by its tactics. So, suck it 60 Minutes.
After the resignation of CBS news head Les Moonves, an investigation into sexual harassment at CBS, including 60 Minutes, uncovered evidence of long-running sexual harassment issues stemming from behavior of producers Jeff Fager and Don Hewitt.
He just looks like someone. I can’t put my finger on it.
BONUS: The Paxtons
Here’s a bonus one. A Current Affair is the retarded cousin of 60 Minutes. As they air every night, they struggle for content and aren’t afraid of cutting a few ethical corners. Back when Media Watch was slightly less overt communist propaganda for the ABC, they ripped A Current Affair a new one over their sloppy journalism.
Years later jewish comedian John Safran helped the Paxton siblings get their revenge on Ray Martin, who didn’t appreciate getting a taste of his own medicine.
Basically, nobody likes journalists, and nobody likes journalists from 60 Minutes and A Current Affair. Their reputation for zero ethics and lazy journalism goes back decades, making them well deserving of the moniker “The Lying Press”. The most important thing we can do is to completely ignore them.