Dear TVNZ - sack Paul Henry
What does Paul Henry have to do to get sacked by you? Burn the NZ flag? Strangle a native wood pigeon live on air or spit on Neil Finn?
Your initial defence was gobsmacking, 'Paul says what people are quietly thinking?' What people? Bango twanging rednecks who think the Governor General can only be a real NZer if they are white?
You are the Public Broadcaster for God's sake, not Fox News.
What other minority can Paul Henry offend? Paralysed Cancer patients, AIDS Orphans, blind people who lose their guide dogs?
This ignorant vomit has been allowed because TVNZ treat your viewers as consumers and not citizens which leaves you an intellectual blind-spot to criticism when you ignore your fourth estate responsibilities to democracy. Remember last year when you defended your use of Bill English in a TVNZ7 debate on the economy which effectively came across like a party political broadcast? Your defence for that was you didn't have to be balanced outside the 6 week election cycle!?!
If you read the Paul Henry supporters comments, all one can hear above the feral, redneck snarling dog of unchained ignorance are the screams of ‘PC madness gone mad’. Whether we like it or not, Paul Henry is very popular amongst talk hate radio listening, Kiwiblog reading, cross burners. Sadly those angry beige right wingers want their news reflected to them by an oompa loompa of hate, and that’s why you haven't sacked Paul Henry, much to our National embarrassment.
John Key has systematically and quietly dumped all the interviews he used to do. bFM, RDU, KiwiFM have all been dumped as regular weekly interviews so John Key's appearance on Breakfast TV with Paul Henry is one of the few times the Prime Minister actually gets interviewed (and I use that word as broadly as possible as this former National Party candidate gives cuddles and pashes rather than hold Key to account for those weakest members of society who have no voice - which is the function of public broadcasting). And what do we get from these rapidly receding public interviews? Racist brainfarts.
Dear TVNZ, this simply isn't good enough - Sack Paul Henry. Sack him now.