Unhinged Pauline Hanson makes ridiculously false claims about Covid-19 and vaccines live on Kyle and Jackie O – before radio host Sandilands berates his own staff for censoring her
A car accident interview with Pauline Hanson on Thursday Kyle and Jackie O Show saw tensions erupt between host Kyle Sandilands and his own senior producers.
The 50-year-old radio host scolded his studio censor and executive producer Sonia “Palestine” Jahshan after hearing the far-right One Nation politician was censored during her live telephone interview.
Several statements made by Hanson, 67, about Covid-19 and vaccines were overheard because they were false and risked harming the community.
She made debunked claims about how Covid deaths are counted and the alleged ‘risks’ of the vaccines – although the Pfizer and AstraZeneca injections are safe and highly effective at preventing people from becoming seriously ill with coronavirus.
Chaotic: A car accident interview with Pauline Hanson (pictured) on Thursday’s Kyle and Jackie O Show saw tensions erupt between host Kyle Sandilands and his own senior producers
When Sandilands was warned about the beeping by callers, he angrily asked the censor and Jahshan why Hanson’s comments weren’t aired.
“Can someone tell me what’s beeping and why it’s beeping?” he said.
‘Our censor says some of what Pauline says has not been approved by the government’ [health advice],’ Jahshan replied, leading Sandilands to scoff: ‘Bulls**t.’
“We are not a government show,” he added. “This is not the ABC.”
Bleeped: Sandilands (pictured) scolded his studio censor and executive producer Sonia Jahshan after learning the politician was censored during her live telephone interview
Jahshan reminded Sandilands and his co-host Jackie ‘O’ Henderson that KIIS FM was required to “pay attention to what we tell listeners” about coronavirus.
But he was not satisfied with these explanations, saying Hanson had the right to express her views – even if they are demonstrably incorrect and harmful to public health.
This is surprising given that Sandilands is pro-vaccine and even produced a music video encouraging Australians to get the shot earlier this month.
Lies: Several statements Hanson, 67, has made about Covid-19 and vaccines leaked because they were false and risked harming the community
Henderson also agreed that “all sides” of the discussion should be broadcast, and news anchor Brooklyn Ross suggested that Hanson be allowed to express her opinion freely so that she could be properly challenged about it.
After the interview, which was ostensibly intended to promote Hanson’s Facebook page, there seemed to be a feverish discussion behind the scenes of The Kyle and Jackie O Show.
Sandilands seemed to change his tune towards the end of the broadcast.
He approved the Covid vaccine – which he himself received – and criticized conspiracy theorists like Hanson for spreading dangerous misinformation online.
He said, “When in doubt, are you going to believe your kindred spirit walking around in a tinfoil hat, or are you going to believe the government?”
Posts: Jahshan (right) reminded Sandilands and his co-host Jackie ‘O’ Henderson that KIIS FM was required to ‘pay attention to what we tell listeners’ about coronavirus
Hanson’s segment comes weeks after Sky News commentator Alan Jones was censored live on KIIS for making inflammatory claims about the NSW lockdown.
The Kyle and Jackie O Show has a 30-second broadcast delay and in-studio censorship to prevent obscene, defamatory, or potentially harmful content from being broadcast.
An ARN spokeswoman said: “The Kyle and Jackie O Show has a live-to-air censor who monitors all content and makes a decision about what is appropriate to be aired and published in accordance with the legal obligations of the ARN.” station.
Outspoken: Hanson’s segment comes weeks after Sky News commentator Alan Jones was censored live on KIIS for making inflammatory claims about the NSW lockdown
Kyle & Jackie O don’t shy away from talking about the hot topics that matter to their audience, nor do they miss an opportunity to spread some much-needed light and fun like Kyle’s “Get Vaxxed Baby” jingle shows.
“KIIS 106.5 is committed to fairly reflecting the views of its guests, but has an obligation to balance freedom of expression against expression that may not be in line with government health advice. We take our responsibilities very seriously and realize that some of the opinions expressed by guests at the station are not always shared by the wider community.”
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Henderson told the Daily Mail Australia: ‘I am pro-vaccine and I always have been.
“I’m all for vaccination and for everyone to be safe and healthy, and I hope we can get back to some form of normalcy soon.”