If you’re sick of the Schapelle Corby coverage on TV, social media and the papers, then you’re not alone.
Thousands of Australians have voiced their disgust and displeasure over the media coverage of the convicted drug smuggler, and now one of the biggest voices in Australian media is joining the chorus.
On TV this morning, Today show host Karl Stefanovic slammed the ‘media circus’ around Corby’s return to Australia at the weekend.
“I realise there’s interest but why oh why oh why?” he said. “Schapelle Corby — rightly or wrongly — has been convicted of drug smuggling. She’s done her time and has the right to live her life in relative peace — if that’s what she wants. Maybe she wants mayhem. Whatever. I don’t care.”
But he didn’t stop there.
Stefanovic went on to say the media have been made to “look like idiots” over their coverage of Corby.
“There are far more important things in life than pursuing and losing Schapelle Corby,” he said. “We in the media have a responsibility to inform but I reckon we were all made to look like idiots yesterday — and to what end?
“Where Schapelle is, what she looks like … come on. We know. And you know what? It ain’t that interesting. Move along, please.”
For all the criticism of the attention paid to the drug mule’s return, however, there still is interest in the Corby case.
Most media outlets are reporting that coverage of Corby is their top rating news at the moment.
Which is something Stefanovic’s TV rival, Sunrise host David ‘Kochie’ Koch, pointed out on TV this morning.
He’s defended the “over the top” coverage, claiming Australians can’t get enough of the case
“We had family dinner at mum’s last night, three generation of adults, all saying the media coverage was over the top,” he said.
“Then for the next 25 minutes [we] discussed how she’ll settle back into Australia, was she guilty or not, what her Instagram was saying … I said, ‘I think we rest our case’. Everyone’s so interested, it’s amazing.”