Our ability to give hateful rich powerful people platform isn’t an American trait we should really want to encourage in NZ.
Our version of Trump, Bob Jones, has been given platform on ZB to say some hateful shit about beggars and the NZ Herald follow that up with a story that is bewildering in its omission.
Firstly, ZB should be ashamed for giving Bob Jones platform on the issue of begging given Bob Jones history in this particular area. Has ZB forgotten that Jones goaded a begging protester into committing suicide? Why the hell would you allow someone who has goaded another human being into suicide for begging have ANY platform to discuss begging again?
Someone at ZB needs to be fired for allowing that, it is despicable. You are allowing a gloating arsehole who has goaded another human being into suicide because they were begging to go live on air to continue his favourite hateful fetish. This is what hate speech looks like folks...
“They’re a bloody disgrace, they’re an eyesore, it’s a disgrace in a modern society that fat people – that fat Maoris as they mostly are – are lying on our streets of our city begging.” he told Chris Lynch on NewstalkZB.
He said begging should be made illegal.
“I was in the city yesterday, in Wellington, and one bugger was standing there, he had a message, this Maori bloke, ‘I’m not on welfare’ – and this apparently was an achievement – ‘so give me money.”
“It baffles me when people say, ‘Oh leave them alone’. They should be ashamed of people begging on the streets… I’m ashamed of these people. They’re a disgrace to the human race.”
“If they want to degrade themselves, let them do it in private. We shouldn’t be subject to that.”
In particular, he’s upset with homeless characters like the now-deceased Ben Hana, also known as Wellington’s ‘Blanket Man’. He said when Hana died he seemed to be treated as being some sort of nobleman, which he wasn’t.
“One silly bugger wrote to the paper… saying ‘He was an example to us all’. He didn’t say why. This is the attitude toward beggars, that there is something noble about them. There’s not.”
He said in Europe gypsys were “a damn nuisance”.
“They use little girls, and I’m a sucker for a little girl coming up to me with pleading eyes. I know I shouldn’t and I give them money… they use them as tools. They women often sit outside cathedrals and I’m often aggressive toward them, which is the proper way to deal with it.”
…well that certainly puts, “Waiheke is a White Man’s Island too’ into some perspective doesn’t it?
ZB allowed a rich, powerful psychopath who has a history of goading protest beggars into committing suicide live on air to play out his sadistic fantasy.
What could be worse than that?
Well, the NZ Herald’s coverage of the interview.
Bob Jones controversy
Jan 2017: Jones tells NewstalkZB that homeless people are usually ‘fat Maoris’.
Sep, 2016: Jones said in a National Business Review column: “Try finding a pretty girl over 20 or a young bloke in a suit in say Wanganui or Timaru and you will look in vain.”
May 2015: He was kicked off a flight after refusing to say “yes” when asked if he could open the exit in an emergency.
April 2015: Jones said in a Herald column: “I’m aware there are no pretty girls in the provinces, for as fast as they come off the production line, they sensibly up sticks for the big smoke.”
Oct 2013: He wrote in the Herald that two German tourists who claimed they were indecently assualted were “very silly”. And told TV presenter Catriona MacLennan – who asked why women shouldn’t be able to walk safely through an unlit park at night? – to “Grow up, girl”.
Oct 2013: Jones wrote a column for the Herald, saying women drivers were responsible for causing “massive pile-ups” at Lower Hutt roundabouts.
He added: “Right now a bunch of young Saudi women are agitating to be allowed to drive. It’s a tough one. For by Allah they’ve got that prohibition on women driving right and should probably kick for touch and maintain the status quo for fear their women will drive like ours.”
…I’m sorry what? You are covering a story where Jones gets to play out his hate pantomime in public about beggars and you list his controversies BUT you seem to manage to miss out his largest controversy NZ Herald.
Can you remember the one I’m talking about NZ Herald?
You can can’t you.
It happened in 2013.
You remember it don’t you, you sent out this tweet about it remember…
…what was that in reference to again?
Oh that’s right, the column you allowed Bob Fucking Jones to publish where he gloats over making the protesting beggar commit suicide, that’s right, his snuff column. The snuff column you fucking printed…
This sort of (always male) behaviour is a regular occurrence in the capital. In the 1980s when long-overdue reforms saw the closure of some isolated, scarcely used post offices, a Nelson region goose turned up in a park opposite my office, surrounded by the standard litter of signs, asserting he was starving to death in protest. I bowled across and nailed him with some impeccable logic. “Why starve to death?” I suggested. “Why not get it over with quickly and commit suicide?” So he did.
One of my daughters working, or more accurately, attending in our office at the time was appalled. “Don’t you feel bad?” she asked me. “To the contrary,” I replied. “Anyone who values their life on the existence of a country post office plainly hasn’t got one. I did him a wonderful favour.”
…so we have a newspaper who won’t acknowledge their own role in empowering a sadist who goads beggars into suicide and a radio station that gives a sadist who goads beggars into suicide platform to play these violent rich man fantasies out in public.
And yet these corporate mainstream media outlets will scream they are the ethical journalists.
Next month TDB launches our crowd funding campaign to put together a 5 night a week 7pm live streamed current affairs show. If you look at these media standards on display by ZB and the NZ Herald in disgust, then join us in February.