‘It seems that political correctness has won’: Prue MacSween slams broadcast watchdog
Social commentator Prue MacSween has let loose at the broadcasting watchdog after Channel Seven was found guilty of breaching the industry code for a Sunrise segment.
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has found that Channel Seven Sydney breached the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice in a Sunrise ‘Hot Topics’ segment broadcast on 13 March 2018.
Sunrise faced a substantial backlash at the time, with the panel’s discussion on taking Aboriginal children out of abusive family environments sparking accusations of racism.
One of the panellists on the original segment, Prue MacSween, has slammed ACMA’s decision telling Chris Smith “it seems that political correctness has won”.
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The broadcast watchdog has now found the introduction to the segment claiming Indigenous children could “only be placed with relatives or other Indigenous families” was inaccurate and in breach of the Code.
The investigation also found the segment provoked serious contempt on the basis of race in breach of the Code as it contained strong negative generalisations about Indigenous people as a group.
“I think it’s very upsetting and disappointing… all I was pointing out was that it’s a no-brainer that if children are at risk, no matter their colour, they have to be protected,” Prue tells Chris.
“We have to stand up and say this is not good enough, we’re not taking it anymore.”