HILLSONG church is not ruling out legal action against Today Tonight it was revealed today. My regular readers will recall I lambasted Today Tonight over their hatchet job of Hillsong last week, voicing “By the end of the show I still had no idea how many, if any, of the Australian Idol finalists were actually Hillsong members.” Well it turns out it was even more of a hatchet job than I thought, for it has now come to light that none of the Australian Idol finalists were Hillsong members. Here’s the what the Daily Telegraph had to say:
Australian Idol’s production company Fremantle Media said it told Today Tonight producers there were no Hillsong contestants in the show before the story went to air.
Prompted by a TV promo about the first story, The Daily Telegraph questioned Today Tonight’s executive producer Craig McPherson before it went to air.
He conceded the five in his story were not Hillsong contestants but were “at least all under that pentacostal (sic) banner”.
So the Australian Idol finalists were targeted by the reporters simply for being Pentecostals, nothing more. Whatever criticisms people may have of Hillsong (and I’ll say again, I think fair criticisms can be made) they were not guilt of the “branch stacking” and “vote rigging” claims made by Today Tonight. This was nothing more that a cynical exploitation of latent fears against Pentecostals to boost their ratings.