They were once fierce rivals in the breakfast TV slots, and now Ten’s Lisa Wilkinson and Samantha Armytage have found themselves in a battle against none other than Daily Mail Australia.
Wilkinson, who now works at Ten after defecting from Nine late last year (and happened to be a keynote speaker at B&T’s inaugural Changing the Ratio conference last month), took to social media this morning to scald Daily Mail Australia for a story it published about her just yesterday.
The story (which looks to have originally been published in New Idea magazine) claims Wilkinson was “fuming” after missing out on a Gold Logie nomination this year, and the TV host wasn’t impressed, describing it as “complete, unadulterated, 100 per cent pure bullshit”.
Dear @DailyMailAU This “story”, as with the @NewIdeamagazine “cover story” from which I presume you took it, is complete, unadulterated 100% pure bullshit. I have never, ever thought I was even a vague contender for this title. Ever. End of story. pic.twitter.com/WBcJEWkNyS
— Lisa Wilkinson (@Lisa_Wilkinson) June 5, 2018
Wilkinson isn’t the only TV host who has called out Daily Mail Australia for shoddy reporting this week, with Sunrise’s Armytage issuing a furious Instagram post over a misleading headline that suggested she was defending US president Donald Trump.
I said NOTHING of the sort @dailymailau .. anyone who read my @stellarmag column today knows that. I’m getting really fed up with you using my image & name & misleading headlines in an attempt to get clicks on your crappy website. Desist. Again, I ask all you smart people out there NOT to read the Daily Mail. It really is the worst.
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The story by Daily Mail Australia was based on a column by Armytage for News Corp’s Stellar about what she likes watching on long-haul flights, and her penchant for political movies.
Funnily enough, story’s headline has since been amended to say “Sunrise’s Samantha Armytage weighs in on the media mocking US President Donald Trump…”.
Daily Mail Australia executive editor Lachlan Heywood declined to comment when contacted by B&T.