What does Paul Henry need to do to get sacked from TVNZ?
Henry suspension 'token' punishment
The Fijian-Indian community says TNVZ's suspension of Breakfast host Paul Henry is a "token" punishment. Henry's ethnic slur against Governor-General Sir Anand Satyanand will cost him at least $8000 after he was suspended without pay for two weeks. President of the Fijian-Indian Association in Wellington, Vinod Kumar, told Radio New Zealand that Henry was a repeat offender and the community was worried about what offence he would cause next. Mr Kumar wanted Henry to undergo counselling, or be put on notice by TVNZ to avoid further incidents.
What does Paul Henry need to do to get sacked from TVNZ? Burn the flag? Strangle a native wood pigeon live on TV, or spit on Neil Finn?
It's not just that Paul Henry is a closet racist, or that this is the first time he has managed to debase and offend the weakest members of society on the public broadcaster that should demand he gets the sack, but it is also the pathetic apology he gave where he says he won't apologise for 'causing outrage' - his own statement shows that he just doesn't get it.
And as for his latest abuse at reporters...
Angry Henry delivers tirade after suspension
Approached yesterday for comment at his North Shore home, Henry at first declined to comment.
Minutes later, he drove his car to Herald reporters - who had left his property and were on a shared road - and made his verbal assault.
"Get off my f*****g land," he shouted. "Have you got your pictures now? Have you taken photos of my property or any of my neighbours' properties? If any photos are published I'll sue the f*****g paper."
When he was not given a response, he yelled: "Can you not speak, you there in the car? I will f*****g sue your paper."
But the really annoying this is the manner in which TVNZ initially defended Paul, by claiming he says what we are all quietly thinking, TVNZ simply claimed we were all racists and we condone Paul Henry's ignorant comments. How on earth could TVNZ defend themselves in this manner? It's as bad as their claim that they didn't need to be balanced outside of the 6 week election process.
It seems the publicity department at TVNZ doesn't understand the role of a public broadcaster in a democracy and their crass desire to treat their viewers as consumers rather than citizens leads to a total intellectual blind-spot when they attempt to defend themselves.
How come TVNZ first defended Paul, and then do a complete 180 degrees and come out and say that he had crossed the line? TVNZ is about as dysfunctional as a family of meth addicts.
As for blaming Key...
Key's handling of remarks 'gutless'
Prime Minister John Key and his Government's handling of Paul Henry's racially charged comments about Governor-General Sir Anand Satyanand has been "gutless" right from the beginning, says the Opposition.
Hmmmm, I've watched the clip several times and to be honest Key seemed as shocked as the viewers were when Paul Henry decided to share his race views to the world, certainly Helen Clark would have shot Paul down, but Key was more taken aback than accommodating. Let's bag Key for things he does and not his association with odious little Paul Henry.
However - Audrey Young is very righteous in her condemnation of the amount of time it took Key to say anything...
But he had a full eight hours between then and his post-Cabinet press conference on Monday afternoon, where he resolutely refused to pass judgment when pressed, and pressed and pressed.
He has not been short of a word against Andy Haden or Hone Harawira, but there was not a mutter nor a murmur of criticism for Henry.
To be ungenerous to the PM's staff, it looked as though they hadn't monitored the issue properly and hadn't briefed him on the impact it was having.
To be ungenerous to the PM, it looked as though he didn't think the comments were offensive enough to respond to on Monday.
By yesterday it looked as though he had kept his fingers in the air for a little longer, or his instincts had caught up with him from holiday.