Tuesday 23 January 2018

Sign of the times as Hook left swimming against the tide

Newstalk presenter George Hook. Pic: Mark Condren
Newstalk presenter George Hook. Pic: Mark Condren
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There is a sign at a swimming cove in Tramore that says "Men Only". This sign comes with an apology underneath that it does not intend to cause offence, only remind us of a time, long since gone by. Both the locals and visitors are not upset by this signage and are somewhat amused by its outdated message.

This is probably also the way the Newstalk listeners had felt when listening to the incessant out-pouring of a man lost in time and out of touch with modern Ireland. This tolerance clearly ran out over a week ago when George Hook finally crossed the line of decency and tried to apportion blame to a rape victim.

What is most surprising to me, however, is how this 'broadcaster' has survived so long on our airwaves up to now, and also why it took more than a week for his employers to take any visible action to distance themselves from the stink of this man's vile drivel. I had always tuned in to hear Hook on his various radio shows over the years, not with any admiration but rather with a morbid fascination as to what depths of unprofessionalism would be plumbed on each occasion.

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