Stand by your man
I don’t like Mike Hosking but I am appalled at the petition to get rid of him. Freedom of speech is central to our democracy, and central to freedom of speech is the right to say things that people do not agree with.
We all need our cherished ideas to be challenged from time to time. It is the role of people like Hosking to challenge groupthink.
Even when Paul Henry ‘‘went too far’’ in his comments about Anand Satyanand it sparked a very useful debate about what it is to be a Kiwi in this day and age.
As someone said at the time, he says what many people think.
Either what those people think is wrong and it needs to be debated, or it is right and we need to learn from it.
One of the great fallacies of political correctness is the idea that if you deny a voice to certain opinions then they will wither away and disappear.
The reality is that people whose opinions are not heard become frustrated and the issue festers.
I hope that this time TVNZ has the guts to stand up for their man.