Today host fires up: ‘You need to be quiet’
A controversial Liberal MP who's been spruiking coronavirus misinformation has been shut down during a live television interview.
Today show host Allison Langdon fired up at Member for Hughes Craig Kelly during a heated segment on Wednesday morning, suggesting he "needs to be quiet".
Mr Kelly has been slammed by medical officials and infectious disease experts, and the Opposition who described him as "dangerous and irresponsible".
The backbencher came under fire after promoting unproven coronavirus treatments and questioned the safety around vaccinations.
"All I've done is post a peer-reviewed article … the opinions of expert professors and medical experts from around the world," he told the Today show.
"The idea that I somehow have been posting misinformation is absolutely misinformation itself."
But Ms Langdon fired back, arguing the research was not peer-reviewed.
"I don't even want to get into this. You're the only person saying this," she said.
"Don't you need to pull your head in?"
The MP claimed he's "not putting any theories forward" but conceded some of the studies he has shared are still undergoing peer review.
He said Ms Langdon was misrepresenting what he was trying to say.
"I did my research Craig, as you asked us to do. You need to listen for a moment," she argued back.
"Are you a scientist? I'm not."
The television host said she looked into everything Mr Kelly had put forward on Monday in an attempt not to ignore what he was saying, but she had debunked every theory.
When the politician asked how Ms Langdon could debunk all theories including a German study about kids wearing masks she told him to be quiet.
"You need to be quiet. I think you need to start listening to our scientists and our doctors, Craig," she said.
Mr Kelly received more backlash on Monday after it was revealed he would appear on a podcast hosted by COVID-19 denier and former celebrity chef Pete Evans.
"Just spent a great 90 minutes talking with this beautiful and courageous man," Mr Evans posted on Instagram.
"Craig Kelly MP is sharing the truth over and over again and keeps moving forward without fear."
The podcast prompted a response from Royal Australian College of General Practitioners president Dr Karen Price.
"It is unacceptable that Craig Kelly is persisting in disseminating misinformation concerning COVID-19, and to appear on this podcast with a disgraced former celebrity chef is very unhelpful," she said.
Labor also launched a bid to denounce the Coalition backbencher for using social media to spread "damaging mistruths" about coronavirus in the parliament.
But it failed.
The motion stated Mr Kelly's claims about coronavirus were "repeatedly refuted" by health experts and could undermine public confidence in the vaccine rollout.
It also attacked Scott Morrison for not condemning the online behaviour after he was asked about it during his speech at the National Press Club on Monday.
Originally published as Today host fires up: 'You need to be quiet'