Kochie accused of trying to capitalise on 60 Minutes case

Australia has been captivated by the 60 Minutes kidnapping story and it looks like Sunrise host David Koch is no

Australia has been captivated by the 60 Minutes kidnapping story and it looks like Sunrise host David Koch is no different.

Kochie was interviewing federal Treasurer Scott Morrison this morning when he latched onto the botched kidnapping case and pressed Mr Morrison over whether or not a bribe was paid to get the Nine crew out of jail in Lebanon.

Yesterday it was reported that Channel 9 paid a bribe to secure the freedom of Australian mother Sally Faulkner and journalist Tara Brown and her crew.

Kochie suggested that the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) should investigate the case and look into whether or not they paid off someone in Lebanon.

Mr Morrison was having none of it though and things quickly became heated between the pair.

“You are making a lot of assumptions, I am not going to do that this morning,” Morrison fired back.

“I think what we are pleased about is Miss Faulkner [the children’s mother] is coming home as are other Australians coming home,” he said.

Kochie wasn’t going to give up thought and continued to hound the treasurer with questions.

“I am not going to respond to hypotheticals,” Morrison said.

“You are asking me to speculate on a set of facts that would have to be determined.

“I am not going to try this case on morning television,” he added.

Responded Koch: “I am not asking you to.”

To which Morrison replied: “I think you are.”

A number of viewers jumped on social media and accused the Channel 7 host of capitalising on the story to make Channel 9 look bad.

“Please don’t let Kochie interview sensitive issues! All he seemed interested in was pinning it on channel 9!” wrote one viewer.

“Kochie can’t believe you, what if it where your family. Shame on you! Plus what if it was channel 7 bet you wouldn’t bag them,” said another.

“Kochie you are an egotistical fool! Stop trying to smear Channel 9 & the 60 Mins crew, I’m sure Channel 7 would do the same if you or Sam landed yourselves in a Lebanese Prison.”

Others though jumped to his defence, saying he had a good point and that Channel 9 should be investigated over the whole case.

What are your thoughts?

Was David Koch out of line and insensitive about the case? Or should Channel 9 be investigated over the botched story?

  1. Lilian Cooke  

    David Koche has always been a bumbling fool and should go back to his job in finance where he does a better job.

    • Christine vanbeelen  

      Yes Lillian , you are right !

    • Jenny Taylor  

      I agree Lilian, he is & always has been lousy at this job. I for one no longer watch the show. Put someone else in his place

  2. Kochie suffers from RLS which can cause depression or anxiety which often shows in his interviews . He seems to get so anxious that he relentlessly persists in his questions of his interviewees until he gets the response he wants . I think he likes to get the message across to the viewers that he is in control of the interview and he is the boss . When he first started on Sunrise his RLS was so bad that the producers wisely chose to have a desk or table covering the hosts legs . I almost switched morning news channels at that stage , but once they hid those shaking legs I remained with Seven as I feel their morning show is superior to the others .

  3. Jungle  

    Despite what you think of David Koche, channel nine broke a law which I would have to say is world wide, Kidnapping. They paid to have it undertaken, took part in it in an attempt at sensationalist journalism. This has caused the mother to have lost any claim. The channel has then coffed up an undisclosed amount of money to pay of the corrupt officials and the father to have the case withdrawn. They did not look after those whom they paid to commit the act of Kidnapping but have left them to find their own way out. Channel nine are irresponsible, unable to produce real NEWS and a laughing stock who are only about self promotion.

  4. Christine vanbeelen  

    Kochi stop being a complete moron. If these had been channel 7 people you would have been so damned sickly sweet it makes me shudder to think about it. Right or wrong they are fellow Australians and we should be thankful they are home safe. Isn’t that what happened when the Two Bali nine boys were executed? If it was your family you wouldn’t have shut up about it.

  5. Peter Warren  

    My understanding is that Channel 9 paid to effectively setup a kidnap attempt in Lebanon. Why? So they could get bragging rights over the other stations and help their own ratings. It failed dismally. Why shouldn’t the other stations now use the ammunition that Channel 9 have given them to improve their own ratings?

    Yes, it’s good to see they got home safe, but there would have been no need to get them “home safe” if Channel 9 had not taken this hair brained course of action in the first place. As far as I am concerned, Channel 9 deserves every bit of criticism that it gets, whether it comes from a bumbling David Koche, or not 😉

  6. Why can people not spell Koch’;s name correctly? Not that I agree with him. Channel 9 should should not have got involved and broke the law in Lebanon. It didn’t help at all and indeed made things worse.

  7. Pamela  

    The mother kidnapped the kids first; the father just got back at her so she tried again.

    Mr Elamine, Ms Faulkner and their children lived in Beirut as a family until 2013, when ad lived in the country until a series of car bombings by and against the Shia Hezbollah group and Syrian factions blasted the capital in 2013.

    Ms Faulkner told Mr Elamine she felt unsafe and that she was taking their children to Australia to visit her parents.

    When she arrived in Brisbane she told her husband that she had ‘torn up the children’s passports’.

    Mr Elamine told the ABC that Ms Faulkner had said the only way of seeing his children was to visit them in Australia, and that he and his then wife had no jobs here and that all the family’s income came from Lebanon and his surfing business.

    He did fly over to visit his children and arranged for them to have new passports. In March last year, Mr Elamine took his children back to Lebanon for a ‘holiday’ and told Ms Faulkner the children would be staying with him.

    It is understood that Ms Faulkner had formed a new relationship with an Australian man and later gave birth to a daughter.


  8. Doug  

    So, what’s your point Pamela? Is it OK to taker the kids back to wonderful Lebanon with its peaceful and secure way of life? (NOT!!) As for Koch, I guess if Channel 9 valued his opinion they would be upset. If they do value his opinion, I’d also guess they would be on their own. Koch is no different to other reporters and media “personalities” who see themselves as the news rather than as the reporters of it. I see the ABC was getting in for it’s bit of criticism this week too – the ABC aren’t exactly the model of proper and unbiased reporting either. Like EVERY network in Australia, Nine paid for a story, but this time it went pear-shaped, now the professional kidnappers want Nine to bail them out – they got the money so they take the risk. In the meantime every other network is having a go at the Nine network for doing exactly what they all do. Talk about hypocrites.

  9. Katharine  

    It doesn’t surprise me, Kochi is quite inappropriate on many occasions, he is an
    embarrassment not sure why the channel keeps him on the show.

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