Monday, April 27, 2015
Publish and be damned or in this case, Tweet and be damned, and damned he was. SBS Football presenter and journalist Scott McIntyre, has just been fired by the Managing Director of SBS for his poorly considered Twitter comments on what was the most historical of all ANZAC Days ever in Australia and New Zealand.
Granted that what he said were thoughts based on his obvious leftist bias and historically distorted views of Australian patriotism and the sacrifices made that have built and protected the very Freedom that we all cherish, I am sure that if he could do it again that he would have done it from either a fake twitter account or at least one that did not link him with the taxpayer funded broadcaster.
He was rightfully been dismissed for breaking the SBS Charter and I would hope that in the future the many others that do step over the line and sail so close to the wind on this question of objective commentary at the ABC & SBS, will look at this example to see that the wind of change has come and that Australians are sick of being forced to pay for views that favour any side of the political and ideological spectrum.
If Scott had worked for News Corp, Foxtel, Fairfax or any of the many independent publications and broadcasters at the time these unfortunate comments were publicly posted, and was fired, then I would be the first to say that his freedom of speech has been denied, even though I strongly disagree with that speech!
The fact remains that he didn't and now he will have to find work in the private sector of the media industry and I would imagine that will be even harder for this bloke to do as commercial interests will also come into play.
Unless he can convince a prospective Editor or Program Director that he is perfect for the job then he would most likely be published under a pseudonym -- and if he wants to get in front of a camera then maybe a beard and a new hair colour would work.
I would say let him have his say and be condemned or lauded for his thoughts at this time as long as he is not doing it on the public purse. I hated his comments and the mindset behind these thoughts but he should be allowed to speak his mind in the private sector.
Posted by JR at 8:16 PM