General Peter Cosgrove Interview on Australian TV-Fiction!

Summary of eRumor:

This is a forwarded email that contains a transcript of an alleged interview that took place on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) between General Peter Cosgrove, the former Chief of the Australian Defence Force, and ABC host Leigh Sales.  Sales was concerned about a group of Boy Scouts being taught by the general on how to properly handle a rifle.  Sales asked if he was “equipping them to become violent killers.”   The general quickly responded, “Well, Ma’am, you’re equipped to be a prostitute, but you’re not one, are you?”    After a long period of silence the interview ended.

The Truth:

The story is a hoax according to a February 4, 2013  article by The Australian.  Calling it a “complete fabrication,” the article said that a transcript of the alleged broadcast went viral on the World Wide Web.

The article also said, “Since President Barack Obama began his fight to toughen gun laws in the US, more than 18,000 Facebook members have shared what appears to be a transcript of an interview between General Cosgrove and an unnamed female journalist discussing a Boy Scout trip to ‘military headquarters'”.

The sample that we got named Leigh Sales of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation as the interview host.   Some versions of this whopper say the interview took place on the CNN network.

Posted 02/04/14

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

General Cosgrove’s  Interview:
General Cosgrove was interviewed on TV recently.

Read his reply to the lady who interviewed him concerning guns and children.
Regardless of how you feel about gun laws you have to love this!

This is one of the best comeback lines of all time.

This is a portion of an ABC interview between a female journalist Leigh Sales and General Cosgrove who was about to sponsor a Boy Scout Troop visiting his military Headquarters.

So, General Cosgrove, what things are you going to teach these young boys when they visit your base?

We’re going to teach them climbing, canoeing, archery and shooting.

Shooting! That’s a bit irresponsible, isn’t it?

I don’t see why, they’ll be properly supervised on the rifle range.

Don’t you admit that this is a terribly dangerous activity to be teaching children?

I don’t see how. We will be teaching them proper rifle discipline before they even touch a firearm.

But you’re equipping them to become violent killers.

Well, Ma’am, you’re equipped to be a prostitute, but you’re not one, are you?

The broadcast went silent for 46 seconds and when it returned, the interview was over.