As I have said many times before politics is not tiddly-winks nor is it a game for sooks.
Colin Craig is such a sook. The big girl’s blouse got all snippy over some satire from The Civilian…and now he is moaning about about a Seven Sharp programme.
TVNZ says it will not appeal the decision but will broadcast an apology as directed by the BSA.
TVNZ says the apology statement will appear on screen during Wednesday’s Seven Sharp broadcast and be voiced over by one of Seven Sharp’s team – not a presenter, as per the BSA’s decision.
The Broadcasting Standards Authority has ordered TVNZ to apologise to Conservative Party leader Colin Craig for an item on Seven Sharp.
TVNZ must broadcast an apology to Mr Craig for unfair treatment and pay $1500 to the Crown.
A skit on the programme lampooned Mr Craig in reference to his threat of defamation against satirical website The Civilian.
The broadcast, called “Jesse’s guide to making fun of Colin Craig,” has since been removed from the TVNZ website.
In it, Mr Mulligan gave advice on how to lampoon Mr Craig without getting in trouble with the lawyers.
He had called Mr Craig a “nutcase,” a “doofus” and a “smarmy rich prick,” saying he felt comfortable using these terms, as they were his honest opinion.
The BSA decided these comments were “personal abuse masquerading as satire” and breached the fairness standard.
The complaint was Ross Craig..Colin’s father, plus four others, one of which appears to be media commentator Tom Frewen.
Poor Colin…had to get his dad to lay a complaint. How pathetic.
A man so sensitive does not deserve to be in politics.