Mike: Don’t underestimate our viewers Brian. Brian: I’ve built a career on it, mate.

Following this typical shamelessly dishonest story on Nine’s A Current Affair last night – in which they got a video of someone auditioning to be “The Stig” on their own network, and then pretended it was a “hoon” they needed the public’s help to “catch” – I think it’s about time that the ABC broadcast Frontline again.

For a little while in the early 1990s, the current affair shows were shamed into almost reporting current affairs – but they’ve long since gone back to their old cheap tricks. I think they need to be mocked for them again.

UPDATE THURSDAY: The next day follow up? Nine pretends it withheld the driver’s name to give him a chance to “explain” himself (without calling him before it went to air to do anything of the sort), and then gets the NSW police to claim they’re going to charge him, despite it being statute-barred. And Seven had some fun blaming it on the Channel Nine Top Gear program that it was originally for.

Do you think they’ll drop it now? Or will there be another instalment tonight?

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10 responses to “Mike: Don’t underestimate our viewers Brian. Brian: I’ve built a career on it, mate.

  1. I thought the story looked a big dodgy from the start. There were no other cars on the road. Clearly the road had been blocked off.

  2. “I thought “

    See? Right there – you’re not their target audience.

  3. nice pick-up on crieky. I bet it wont even appear in the ‘proper’ media like the Age

  4. Weird coincidence. I never watch ACA but the TV was on 9 when I turned it on last night and I saw the ‘hoon’ and also thought it bogus, but really that’s the default position for anything on ACA and TT.

  5. Savvas Tzionis

    I actually thought they got WORSE after it.

    It was like Frontline gave them IDEAS!!!

  6. Did anyone watch tonight to see if they apologised for their..um…error?

  7. Couldn’t help it – sucked in!

    No, they disguised it as: “Last night we didn’t reveal his identity to give him a chance to come forward and explain himself. Today we stalked him at his workplace, but surprise, surprise, he wasn’t there….”

    They, like Murdoch, never back away from a lie, they just keep pushing it.

  8. “we didn’t reveal his identity to give him a chance to come forward and explain himself.”

    That’s spectacularly dumb.

    The depressing thing is, ACA’s target demographic would probably buy it.

  9. Thanks Barp. Thought it might be a bit much to expect them to apologise!

  10. “Mike: Don’t underestimate our viewers Brian. Brian: I’ve built a career on it, mate.”

    Unfortuneately Jeremy, ACA isn’t underestimating them…

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