Paul Henry jumps before pushed
Henry resigns after meeting TVNZ chief
Paul Henry's racist comments finally caught up with him yesterday when he resigned from TVNZ after meeting the state broadcaster's chief executive.
He jumped. When the Saturday Herald reported that Rick Ellis wasn't certain about Paul Henry's future at TVNZ, that was the signal that the week long fiasco had been decided on high that Paul's leash had been left far too slack and the vet was coming over to help him sleep.
The family had decided their favourite puppy had to be put down as he now had a taste for blood.
Paul's comments on the GG were compounded by TVNZ's absurd cut and paste justification they used to defend him and the resurfacing of his mispronunciation of an Indian name (which had aired the Friday before the GG comments) sealed Paul's fate after a long history of comments offending minority groups.
Don't get me wrong, I'm all for offence, but it is about who you are offending. The powerful should be offended, but offending minority groups on the State Broadcaster says what?
As the Public Broadcaster, TVNZ has a responsibility to uphold standards that go well beyond a mere commercial operation. Radio LIVE's Michael Laws made derogatory comments about the GG as well last week, but it is his companies fear of commercial backlash that will decide Micheal's fate, the Public Broadcaster however has broader concerns than simply ratings.
Those considerations in a Democracy won out yesterday and Paul Henry knew it. The sad thing is the guy did have a gift for broadcasting, was at times very funny and could hold the powerful to account, yet he squandered that gift by showing us all what a narrow perspective he honestly had when articulating that only white people could be real New Zealanders.
No amount of cheekiness could forgive that. I said good day Mr Henry.