Pauline Hanson is demanding a “fair go” from newspaper journalists.
In a bizarre video uploaded to her official ‘Please Explain’ Facebook page, Ms Hanson threatened to boycott reporters, instead opting to chat with citizen journalists via the ASX-listed app, Newzulu.
“It’s no wonder that your newspaper sales and ratings are going down,” Ms Hanson said in the video, “because no one wants to know what you have to say because you can’t tell the truth.”
Ms Hanson said that if print media can’t be truthful, then she would resort to Newzulu, leaving the media redundant and reporters unemployed.
That’s a sensational call from the halal-hating politician, who has measured more tabloid-TV hours on Dancing with the Stars and Celebrity Apprentice than actual minutes clocked in Canberra.
“Well guys, I’ll tell you something: I’m not interested, and neither is the public,” she said.
The people-power authenticity Ms Hanson is claiming in her Facebook video looks to be better scripted, and surely more amusing, than an episode of the ABC’s political comedy hit, Utopia.
As Australia has learnt this past month, a limelight-chasing Pauline Hanson can’t handle the heat — unapologetically soliciting the exact column inches she’s ready to abandon.
“People are over it. This is why I have a rapport with people … they can hear straight from my mouth,” Ms Hanson Said in the video to her 130,000 Facebook fans.
Dear Pauline: Politicians create the news. Journalists report on it. You are fast becoming click-bait candy for Australian newsrooms.
Disappointingly, there is no crystal ball atop this workstation. But it should be safe to predict that the media will be just fine, with or without Ms Hanson and her favourite new iPhone app. But don’t quote me on that. I’m only a student of journalism.
Newzulu’s share price has spiralled south in recent months, from a high of 0.19 cents in late 2014, to just 0.01 cents, following the recent resignation of the tech company’s founder, Alex Hartman.