Karl’s rant on Corby: ‘Made to look like idiots’
KARL Stefanovic has launched an extraordinary tirade against the media circus surrounding Schapelle Corby's return home, branding major networks - including his own - as "idiots".
During a heated discussion with his Today colleagues on Monday morning, Stefanovic bemoaned the ongoing coverage of the convicted drug smuggler's journey to Brisbane, after 13 years behind bars in Indonesia.
"I realise there's interest but why oh why oh why?" the Channel Nine host ranted.
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"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."
The convicted drug smuggler flew back early Saturday, but despite a large media presence at the airport, she's yet to be seen.
Corby, 39, and her sister Mercedes were escorted from the plane and into a waiting convoy, who led a string of media on a wild-goose chase through southeast Queensland, while men wearing masks appeared in the doorway of her mother's home to taunt waiting reporters.
And according to Stefanovic, it made them all look stupid.
"There are far more important things in life than pursuing and losing Schapelle Corby. 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."
However, his co-host Lisa Wilkinson disagreed, pointing out that we've only ever heard her story through the Corby family.
"For 13 years, we've all followed the ups and downs of this young woman's story, and had our thoughts on her guilty and innocence, but we've never really heard from the woman directly," Wilkinson argued.
"I want to hear what she says actually happened - how the whole saga unfolded, how she coped inside, and what her plans are from here."
Although there's been no word yet on any interview deals, given that the hype surrounding the Corby circus doesn't appear to be dying down anytime soon, she's likely to get her wish.
Meanwhile, the same debate was happening over at Seven's rival show Sunrise - although David Koch was defending the "over the top" coverage, claiming Australia simply can't get enough of the story.
"Everyone's so interested, it's amazing."