Immigration’s stuck record
patronisingly referring to their news organisation as ‘‘Grannie (sic) Herald’’, telling the paper to ‘‘drop its dull-witted behaviour’’ and claiming to have ‘‘debunked’’ the pair’s story.
Whether or not he actually has is not the province of this column. What is is his denial that his initial response was racist.
I’m sorry, but there’s simply no way he can say that, having okayed the use of the phrase ‘‘by two Asian immigrant reporters’’ in the first paragraph. I have no doubt its inclusion was deliberate and in my view, that took it from being a discussion about the legitimacy of the conclusions in the article to an attempt to get the public focusing on the race of the reporters.