Monday 23 April 2018

There's a case for 'political correctness'

Let's consign 'grumpy old fart' radio to the entertainment schedule, it's not current affairs, writes Gene Kerrigan

By Tom Halliday
By Tom Halliday

When the online petition popped up on my screen, calling on Newstalk to sack George Hook, I was sorely tempted. My finger toyed with the button for a moment, then I moved on without clicking.

Primarily because I didn't trust my own motives.

Some people, no doubt, clicked the button because they were stung by Hook's reckless, cruel words about rape victims. Others, I suspect, gave less thought to the matter than they give to voting someone off a TV talent show - but that's the nature of the technology.

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