Wednesday 18 October 2017

George Hook's bar room bore act just went too far this time

The Newstalk host's ugly comments on air about rape give decent conservatism a bad name

George Hook
George Hook

Eilis O'Hanlon

Is the gruff, plain-talking, no-nonsense bar room bore act a clever pose, or does George Hook really believe what he says?

Sometimes it doesn't matter. Hook is an entertainer. He says certain things for effect, to stir the pot. Other times, his words are less easy to excuse.

Last week was one of them, as the veteran Newstalk broadcaster opened Friday's edition of High Noon by talking about the case of a 19-year-old student who had accused a former competitive swimmer of raping her at a hotel after a night out.

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