Samantha Armytage takes a swipe at Waleed Aly online

The Project host Waleed Aly made headlines earlier this week after going at it with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on
Sam has called out Waleed for not getting his facts straight.

The Project host Waleed Aly made headlines earlier this week after going at it with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on live TV and it seems he ticked of Samantha Armytage at the same time.

Ms Bishop appeared on The Project to talk about the Perth teenager held in Bali suspected of carrying drugs when Waleed turned the conversation to immigration minister Peter Dutton’s comments in parliament earlier that day where he said Malcolm Fraser was wrong to allow so many Lebanese-Muslims into Australia in the 1970s.

Ms Bishop accused Waleed misquoting Mr Dutton and it wasn’t long before all hell broke lose.

The segment divided viewers and prompted Sam to take a swipe at Waleed on Twitter, saying: “Journalists have a responsibility to quote correctly. Not just give their opinions”.

She added a link to the segment below. Her tweet received hundreds of replies, some in support and others effectively telling her to back off.

Samantha tweeted her thoughts on Waleed.
Samantha tweeted her thoughts on Waleed.

“Onya Samantha, I think a lot of Australians are getting sick of Waleed’s self-important smug opinions,” said Chris Tangey.

“What on Earth would a Sunrise host know about journalism?” commented Leesa Little.

“She’s been a professional journalist since 1999 & her opinion carries much more weight than a ‘blogger’,” replied Mikey Cole.

Read more: Julie Bishop and Waleed Aly face-off over Peter Dutton

Waleed has shot to fame since he became a regular host on The Project and started running his own editorials on issues like immigration and Islamic State. While his won his fair share of fans, he’s also attracted critics.

On Wednesday night, he pushed Ms Bishop to comment on the government’s immigration policy.

“So you would say that absolutely there is no suggestion from anybody in the government in support of a discriminatory immigration policy?” he asked.

“Absolutely not, we have a non discriminatory immigration system,” Ms Bishop replied.

“Peter Dutton and the government have also pointed out time and time again how valuable the contribution that immigrants are.

“We are one of the most successful multicultural nations on earth and that’s because we welcome people from all corners of the globe.

“But we also want them to become contributing members to society and I think that’s one of Australia’s great strengths.’

Who do you side with in this debate? Do you think Waleed was out of line or just doing his job?

  1. AJ Kierath  

    Starts at 60…..You’re in desperate need of a proof reader for your articles.
    1) THREE spelling errors just in this article!
    2) The word ‘of’ omitted from one sentence.

  2. He is doing his job.,And doing it well .he gave the liberal party a chance to clear the air and Julie bishop did . Samantha took over from mel. my opinion the worst mistake Chanel 7 ever did .

    • Patsy Evans  

      Ms. Bishop came on The Project to talk of young lad in Bali – typical of Waleed Aly . His job is not to take his co-presenter position to push his own cause which he does continuously.

    • Maureem  

      I agree with you on that issue , bring back Mallisa Doyal

  3. I take more notice of Sam than I would Waleed. He is very much opinionated and I stopped watching their show because of it. He seems to think he is above everyone else, and he is not. Leave Sam alone she is doing a great job on Sunrise.

  4. Waleed is nothing but an apologist for all the faults Islam and its followers have. Not once has he condemned any of the vile acts of terrorism or cultural horrors carried out in the name of his religion. Dutton caused an outrage among the left for answering a question with FACT and its these facts that people like Waleed cant handle and refuse to believe.

  5. Jo Burton  

    I think Waleed should go into politics and leave others to entertain. I used to warch the project every night but I have turned off, I may watch 5 To 10. Mins every now and again. I also think he is a a smug opinionated man.

    • Pamela  

      There are enough moslems and terrorist supporters in politics without one more of the terrorists themselves, thank you!

  6. Georgina Harper  

    I also stopped watching The Project when Waleed turned it into his personal soap box. Was an entertaining show with Dave, Charlie and the original crew. Now it’s just a platform for a self opinionated academic to mouth off.

  7. Wally is a real WALLY perhaps he should do a program for ISIS He is the only reason I don’t watch the Project.
    he just tries to smile and make a not so nice name for himself or Islam..

    I am sure all the red blooded Australians have your card marked. when the politically correct are put in place you will be put on a a plane. good riddance.

    • Pamela  

      NOTHING will make a ‘nice name’ for islam or moslems!!

      Have you not read the quran/koran??

  8. Kerry  

    I used to find The Project trite and uninteresting so i stopped watching it. Since Waleed Aly has joined the team, I’m now a regular viewer. He is an intelligent and incisive commentator and commercial television lacks real commentary. Now I enjoy watching the project even to the point of putting up with Steve Price’s comments. If you think Waleed is opinionated, then you haven’t been listening to Steve Price.

  9. Liz Hein  

    I don’t think any of you know what you are actually talking about until one of your own children is placed in a detention centre by this great “Democratic” so-called government……This country was settled by convicts and to let an uneducated ex-police commissioner decide who can and cannot stay in this country is not a democracy,, but another police state in this world. I do hope someone helps these people and soon before we see so much more suffering in our country.

  10. Barry egan  

    Well just another channel seven celeb showing her true colours i agree with walied and julie bishop is the liar dutton said what he said but they are above everyone else go away sam and stay chatti g to jones and handon

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