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    17 Dec 2014

    This Newspaper Error Sums Up The Diversity Problem In Traditional Media

    "Brown people in the Australian media are apparently like Highlander: there can be only one."

    Comedian and Triple J radio host Nazeem Hussain woke up this morning to find he'd been announced as the new host of Channel 10's The Project. Wait... no... Waleed Aly.

    Both entertainers made BuzzFeed's year-end "12 Muslim Australians Who Crushed It In 2014". And what makes it worse is that Waleed Aly (right) is a columnist for The Age!

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    ABC and SBS presenter Marc Fennell compared the situation for brown people in Australia's media to Highlander.

    Brown people in the Australian media are apparently like Highlander: there can be only one.

    Marc Fennell@marcfennellFollow

    Brown people in the Australian media are apparently like Highlander: there can be only one.

    8:36 AM - 18 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    And friend of both men, Dave Hughes lamented the error in what is one of Australia's most prestigious newspapers.

    @nazeem_hussain At least that's not the newspaper that claims the moral high ground. #godhelpusall

    Dave Hughes@DHughesyFollow

    @nazeem_hussain At least that's not the newspaper that claims the moral high ground. #godhelpusall

    9:08 AM - 18 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    But the best reaction was from ABC newsreader Jeremy Fernandez who pointed out he has been lumped into comparisons in the past.

    @julesaly @nazeem_hussain To be fair, my daughter once pointed at a pic of Waleed & called him dad.

    Jeremy Fernandez@JezNewsFollow

    @julesaly @nazeem_hussain To be fair, my daughter once pointed at a pic of Waleed & called him dad.

    8:49 AM - 18 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    This is the three men side-by-side.

    Lord Finnigania 平大王@ThefinnigansFollow

    The brotherhood of @JezNews @nazeem_hussain Waleed Aly

    9:10 AM - 18 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    It's obviously a simple newspaper error but also one that exposes the limited number of diverse faces in the Australian media.

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    ABC/Channel 10
    ABC/Channel 10

    UPDATE 1500 AEST: Nazeem Hussain showed up at The Project for his new job.

    Waleed getting settled and making himself at home at @theprojecttv and Channel Ten. Welcome, sir.

    Hunter Smith@MrHunterSmithFollow

    Waleed getting settled and making himself at home at @theprojecttv and Channel Ten. Welcome, sir.

    12:48 PM - 18 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    And fellow comedian Tom Gleeson reminded everyone about that time he was confused for Peter Helliar.

    .@nazeem_hussain I know how you feel.

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