60 Minutes crew breaks their silence over botched story

It’s been a nightmare few weeks for the 60 Minutes crew and Australian mother Sally Faulkner after their botched attempt
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It’s been a nightmare few weeks for the 60 Minutes crew and Australian mother Sally Faulkner after their botched attempt to abduct Sally’s two children went awry in Lebanon.

After almost two weeks in jail, the crew and Ms Faulkner were released, however the scars will clearly remain for some time. Last night the program addressed the issue and host Michael Usher admitted “we made mistakes” however 60 Minutes reporter Tara Brown steadfastly believes she and her crew were “just journalists doing our job”.

“In the past two weeks we’ve been limited in what we could say about Australian mum Sally Faulkner and our crew detained in Beirut,” Usher said.

“Now they’re back we can start to address this complex and distressing chain of events.

“There’s one thing we want to state very clearly from the outset: We made mistakes”.

He called the story “a failure which ended very badly for everyone involved”. But Tara Brown wasn’t as quick to admit guilt.

“I thought when we presented ourselves [in court] and were being questioned, I really thought: ‘We’re journalists, we’re doing our jobs’— they will see reason, they’ll understand that, you know, that we are here just to do a story on a very, very desperate mother. And I just thought that reason would prevail, and it didn’t”, Ms Brown said.

The episode also showed Ms Faulkner tearfully reuniting with her mum, partner, brother and new baby Eli. When asked about her time with the 29-year-old, Ms Brown was frank.

“I’ve spent two weeks with Sally, on and off, in cells,” she said.

“She’s lost everything, she’s lost her babies, and I’ve been completely in awe of how she’s coped with that.”

“Despite how terribly it’s gone, she knows in her heart that she’s tried everything to get them back,” Brown said.

“That’s in her opinion that she had no choice but to do this, and that ultimately she’ll be able to tell them that she tried everything”.

 

Tell us, is this explanation good enough? Do you think Tara Brown should let down her guard or is she right?

  1. Meredith  

    When journalism elevates itself to a position of believing it is above and beyond the consequences of the law, then it has gone too far. Right is right. Wrong is wrong regardless of status.

  2. I did not read the article, title is enough. No sympathy for idiots, a bunch of stuffed idiots. From prep to university people were told not to break the rules, there are consequences, or are there? In our home land of AUS don’t go trough red light there is a camera but people are still going trough on their own, it is a choice.

  3. sands  

    when you brake the law here at home or in another country, you reap the consequences ,even if you are a so called journalist they should of known better, but its anything for a story it seems

  4. Neville Allen  

    You cannot tell me that the whole crew knew nothing about where the money they paid Ms Faulkner was going. They knew full well that an attempt to kidnap her children was going down, and that alone makes them accessories to the attempt. I believe they still face criminal charges in Lebanon but I doubt they will front up in any Lebanese court.

  5. There are few statements I have read which more clearly display the arrogance of journalists and their lack of awareness as a profession of the sometimes catastrophic effects on ordinary people of their actions in “getting a story”: Tara Brown – ‘“I thought when we presented ourselves [in court] and were being questioned, I really thought: ‘We’re journalists, we’re doing our jobs’— they will see reason, they’ll understand that, you know, that we are here just to do a story on a very, very desperate mother. And I just thought that reason would prevail, and it didn’t”’

  6. Rhonda  

    Does anybody think about the mother. Her children were stolen from her and she was trying to get them back the only way left to her. Her ex-husband took them to Lebanon because he knew the law would favour him no matter what. I imagine any caring mother would be that desperate to recover her stolen children.

    • Totally agree. With all the outcry about what media should or shouldn’t do, the fact remains a loving and devoted mother has lost her children.

    • John  

      I have a question, how did the husband with their children leave Australia without her knowing ??

    • lurch  

      He knew that once he was back in Lebanon he and the children were untouchable ( Muslim rule, wife has no rights ) Even blind Freddy could see what would have happened if she had got her children back to Australian soil. A quick visit to the PM by their Ambassador and our federal police she would have placed her under arrest and the children handed to the father who would quickly enter his embassy with the children never to be seen again.

  7. We should all remember the power Journalists have when they run a story ,if they run a story with a lot of untruths in it, That can ruin people’s lives and if you havnt got the money or wont to take them to court

    Then you are left in a mess. Thousands of ordinary people are left to suffer like that

    The rich ones sue the Journalists
    But most Journalists, don’t have a conscience.
    And leave you battered and bruised
    I’m not against them,but we need real and honest STORIES
    Not FAIRY STORIES.

  8. Rosanna Barton  

    60 Minutes should go back to real journalism instead of these stories. They have no right getting involved in things like this.This group are lucky to be let off so lightly and back in Australia. I will not be watching this show again until they start reporting better stories.

  9. Becky Murfet  

    We all have our different opinions about what we think about the whole event but I want to thank 60 Minutes for being humble and honest enough to say “We made a mistake ” .Today so many people try to cover up their mistakes and blame others . I am sure 60 Minutes are prepared to learn from this mistake and continue to help those in need in the appropriate way . My thoughts are with Sally as she deals with the sorrow of not seeing her children again and with Tara and the other crew as they deal with the trauma they have experienced .

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