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'If you're perceived to be wrong, you're destroyed' - Kevin Myers on controversial Sunday Times column

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Kevin Myers. Photo: Tony Gavin

Kevin Myers. Photo: Tony Gavin

Kevin Myers. Photo: Tony Gavin

Disgraced journalist Kevin Myers has accused the media and Government of destroying his reputation following his controversial Sunday Times column last July.

In his first television interview since his dismissal, Kevin Myers explained on RTE's Claire Byrne Live that he was falsely accused of being anti-semitic and a misogynist. 

In the ten-minute interview, the former journalist also slammed Taoiseach Leo Varadkar for saying the Sunday Times decision to fire him was "wholly justified".

"I'm not an outcast or pariah with the Jewish people of Ireland who have come out uncompromisingly in support of me," he said. 

"They know I'm not an anti-semite." 

He explained in the early hours of the morning, after he had written the controversial editorial, there was a social media storm across the world. 

"I was fired without any explanation and it was announced I would never be employed by the Sunday Times ever in my life. 

"The Taoiseach also came out and said the Sunday Times' decision was wholly justified."

Asked if he really believed some of the controversial topics he wrote over the years, such as how men work harder than women, he said that freedom of speech is the real issue.

"The issue is are we allowed to differ from the politically correct and consensual norm that dominates the media?

"It’s a newspaper column, not a dogmatic statement of truth. 

"I have the right to be wrong and what's happening now in the media is that if you're perceived to be wrong you're not contradicted, you are destroyed."

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