Karl Stefanovic tweets response to IS video appearance
Nine Network footage of Today show host Karl Stefanovic has featured in an Islamic State propaganda video which urges followers of the extremist group to immigrate and appeals for new recruits.
The slick 12-minute video, released overnight via an Islamic State channel on the encrypted communication service Telegram, begins with scenes of heavily armed police and armoured vehicles mobilising as the deadly December 2015 attack in in San Bernardino, California unfolds.
The video, titled ‘So we will give him a good life’, then cuts to Stefanovic as he was recording a piece live to camera from outside Le Carillion bar, where more than a dozen people were killed in the Islamic State assault on Paris in November.
Stefanovic is seen reacting as heavily armed police swarm the scene and crowds flee after hearing a series of loud bangs, which at the time were mistaken for gunshots.
The video, seen by AAP, then immediately cuts to still-shots of US President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande, followed by pictures of bodies, on stretchers and covered in sheets, in the streets of Paris.
In response, Stefanovic this morning tweeted a defiant Today show promo.
‘Make sure all you isil bastards tune in Monday. We are giving away heaps of cash and good times,’ he wrote.