10 April, 2016. 13:15
CLANCY OVERELL | Editor | CONTACT
Following a bungled child snatch in Lebanon, a 60 Minutes crew and the mother at the centre of at trans-national custody battle, are spending their third night behind bars, as Australian diplomats work for their release.
However, what the Lebanese authorities don’t seem to understand is that one member of the Australian investigative news team currently sitting in a Beirut prison cell, is Tara Brown.
The fact that Ms Brown has spent the last 15 years appearing on the iconic Australian sunday night investigative news program appears to be lost of Lebanese authorities, who don’t seem to understand how much of a big deal she is.
Trevor Oltskool, an executive spokesperson for Channel Nine has given comment to the Betoota Advocate today.
“Somewhere along the lines, the wires have been crossed here. There’s an obvious communication breakdown,” said the career television executive and part-time trivia announcer at the Pittwater RSL.
“Australian diplomats are working very hard to help contextualise this incident for the Lebos that locked up our 60 Minutes crew,”
“Number one, white journalist joins white mother in kidnapping kind of white kids from the Middle East. Obviously, we were in the right here”
“Tara – a career journalist is then locked up with the rest of her TV crew. The Lebanese authorities must not understand that this is the same women who interviewed Mel Gibson in her 60 Minutes debut in 2001”.
The Lebanese father of the two children, Ali el Amien, says he won’t push for charges against their Australian mother, which now means the fate of the Australians rests in the hands of the Lebanese police.
Mr el Amien has been reunited with his children.
Ms Faulkner, from Brisbane, claims her ex-husband refused to bring them back to Australia after taking them on holiday to Beirut.
She has long hoped to get her children back to Australia, and it is currently being investigated as to whether she, or a ‘rescue agency’, was paid by Channel Nine in order to capture this breathtaking news piece.
Lebanese authorities have stated they don’t give a fuck about who Tara Brown is, and that people who attempt to kidnap children from bus stops will all be treated equally.
“I doubt 60 Minutes is rating very well nowadays” said one policeman.
“And Channel Nine Australia isn’t very well liked in Lebanon, mainly because of that racist spectacle known as “Here come the Habibs”.