The worst video media disaster of August

An interview that took fact-mangling to a new extreme seems to pack as many misstatements as the rest of last month’s media gaffes combined.

In an interview in last month, however, Stephanie Banister, a 27-year-old Australian running for a seat in Parliament on the fringe One Nation ticket, took fact-mangling to a new extreme.

Under normal circumstances, a candidate who is unable to name her opponents would be subjected to ridicule, but that moment was almost entirely obscured by much larger gaffes and misstatements, which included these:

• “I don’t oppose Islam as a country.” (Islam isn’t a country.)

• “Less than two percent of Australians follow Haram.” (She probably means the Koran.)

• “Jews…have their own religion, which follows Jesus Christ.” (I must have missed that week in Hebrew School.)

• “I believe the national disability scheme is working at the moment.” (The reporter notes it doesn’t begin until 2016.)

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