Paul Henry’s stupid and apparently ill-informed questions to the PM regarding Sir Anand Satyanand were not a reason to sack him. They came within the realm of provocative comment. Possibly an attempt to legitimately set-up the Prime Minister. He succeeded on both counts.
His disgusting performance over Mrs Sheila Dikshit was another matter altogether. His behaviour was beyond outrageous. It wasn’t even his usual adolescent nastiness. It was the action of an out-of-control juvenile. It was cruel, vicious, ignorant and totally unforgivable. No apology or expression of regret could put it right.
There’s no going back from this. It reveals a seriously disturbed and immature personality. If you haven’t watched the clip you should—I’ve included it below. It’s so disgusting that you can’t possibly form an opinion without enduring it. He should be removed from all further exposure in our broadcast media until he’s had successful treatment for whatever ails him.
Just as disturbing to me:
- The failure of the Prime Minister to admonish this idiot during his interview.
- A poll on “Campbell Live” last night which revealed that a majority of pollees thought that the giggling, sniggering drivel he spouted over Mrs Dikshit’s name was not grounds for sacking. That’s a real worry. I hope it reflects the dysfunctional demographic of folk who respond to such polls rather than the views of New Zealand at large.
- Whoever at TVNZ considered the clip acceptable enough to promote on their website.
TVNZ, this is not my New Zealand:
Commentator Brian Edwards wrote an excellent piece: “I Indulge in a Bit of Amateur Psychobabble about Paul Henry” in which he dissects Henry’s behaviour here on his blog.