As TV One struggles to find a host who looks and feels like a Breakfast host, to replace the departed Paul Henry, the assault on Henry by other media continues almost two months after his departure.
This week saw an opinion piece published in the New Zealand Herald that displayed all the traits of a street brawler kicking someone in the head. It was written by a Brian Rudman, who, unlike Henry, can spend hours pondering every word he writes before it is published.
Henry was on-air ad-libbing his way through 12 and a half hours a week with a brief to be “out there.” He blundered big time, but the unforgiving NZ Herald continues to put the boot in two months on, sinking to the lowest shot yet, comparing his post-event behaviour to that of a sex offender “who shuffles off to prison insisting the child led him on.”
Mr Rudman writes “Every journalist, except, it seems Mr Henry, knows they have no open
licence to, among other things, defame, libel, yell fire in a crowded
theatre or make racist “jokes”.”
But apprently it’s OK for Mr Rudman to so self-righteously compare Paul Henry with a child sex offender?
Such P.C. prattle from what was once a respectable newspaper suggests the New Zealand Herald needs to take a close look at what it is putting into the public domain, before condemning others.
Henry has paid the price by losing his high-paying, high-profile job. Enough !