…now say what you like about Hooton, and I have – he’s the Head of Slytherin House, the architect of the Death Star and most hilariously the moral Shepard of the Right – but he’s also the only reason I ever read the NBR.
Dumping him because the newspaper is gutless and won’t stand up to a Politician is astounding and embarrassing for the NBR especially as it happens less than a month after they had to take Bob Jones out the back and shoot him for racism.
Something the NBR escaped real scrutiny over by publishing Bob Jones in the first place.
The Publisher and Owner of the NBR has had this to say about the sacking of Hooton…
…which is interesting because the timeline The Daily Blog understands is this…
The NBR called Joyce and offered him right of reply to Joyce before the column was published.
Newspaper receives threat of legal action if NBR doesn’t retract and apologise for the column.
Hooton calls the Editor and is then sacked.
…perhaps Todd Scott decided to sack Hooton on Thursday when he offered Joyce a right of reply and just didn’t get around to informing Hooton of his decision until Saturday?
However this happened, it stinks.
Whatever you think of Hooton, as a columnist he has the right to criticise and critique Politicians and as long as he doesn’t defame that Politician by lying about them, then his right to be critical of a Politician is supposed to be sacrosanct and backed 100% by his Publisher and Editor.
In this case it seems that the Newspaper has failed their columnist, their readers for being spineless and ultimately their role as a member of the Fourth Estate.