Natalie Barr of Sunrise has to apologize for saying that & # 39; Dole Bludgers are trying to take advantage of the welfare system & # 39; on live TV
- Sunrise newsreader Natalie Barr has issued public apologies for & # 39; error & # 39; in the ether
- Introduced segment that claims that Dole Bludgers have used the welfare system
- Barr read a poorly phased introduction for a teleprompter segment
- Segment led to a furious response from Sunrise viewers and journalists
Sunrise host Natalie Barr has come under fire after introducing a poorly worded segment that has accused Dole Bludgers of using the welfare system.
The newsreader of the Channel Seven breakfast program had to give an apology after being overwhelmed by viewers on Wednesday morning during the ongoing Newstart debate.
Barr introduced a segment on new government figures showing that nearly 80 percent of Newstart's recipients have suspended their payments in the past year. when the & # 39; error & # 39; occurred.
& # 39; New figures have been released that show how many dole bludgers are trying to take advantage of the welfare system, & # 39; Barr read the teleprompter.
& # 39; An alarming number of people at Newstart are being punished. & # 39;
Natalie Barr apologized for introducing a poorly worded segment that accused dole bludgers of using the welfare system
The segment immediately led to a furious backlash from viewers with thousands of responses to Sunrise's social media accounts.
& # 39; You are disgusting. Every assessment they have carried out shows that overwhelming well-being recipients are doing the right things. I'd rather hang out with & # 39; dole bludgers & # 39; then with someone working on Sunrise. They have much more integrity, & tweet a viewer.
Another added: & # 39; You terrible people. My daughter-in-law was suspended when she was very ill, in the hospital and unconscious. That she was suspended did not make her a bludger! It was lifted as soon as she was good enough to arrange a medical certificate. & # 39;
Others accused the program of government propaganda.
& # 39; Sunrise really bends lower than ever and invalidates job seekers as scammers. Why don't you understand the other side of the story, don't talk to people who have to skip meals, or do you go without medication? Otherwise you are just propaganda, & demanded a tweet.
The Sunrise news lecture introduced the segment then the & # 39; error & # 39; occurred
The & # 39; error & # 39; did not go unnoticed by Sunrise viewer, who expressed his anger on social media
The program was also slammed by well-known journalists Juanita Phillips and Samantha Maiden about the segment.
& # 39; Who wrote this? You should be ashamed of yourself, & # 39; tweet ABC newsreader Phillips.
Mrs. Maiden added: & # 39; This is nonsense. Centrelink clearly suspends payments for all sorts of ridiculous reasons to punish vulnerable people for no good reason. Maybe you should look at that too. & # 39;
Barr responded to the couple's tweets with public apologies.
& # 39; We made a mistake today Juanita. Our apologies for that. I apologized. It shouldn't have happened, & she tweeted.
Natalie Barr is flooded with play by angry Sunrise views and fellow journalists
But some viewers have refused to accept Barr & # 39; s apology with calls to own her mistake.
Links to the poorly phased segment remained on Sunrise social media accounts on Wednesday afternoon.
& # 39; Don't you even read the script before you broadcast it? That's when you say & # 39; this must be a mistake, I read this & # 39; apology NOT accepted & # 39 ;, tweeted a viewer.
Another added: & # 39; This & # 39; mistake & # 39; has caused fear and damage to many. Please be better in the future. & # 39;
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Channel Seven for further comments.
Natalie Barr has since apologized for the mistake she made while reading a teleprompter
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