It is never OK to wish someone dead

Rule number one of politics according to me is explaining is losing.

Max Dillon Coyle thinks it mean explaining is winning…and he is wrong.

The other day he was spewing hate and wishing political opponents dead, shot against wall, hung or in the case of Judith Collins calling for her to suicide.

Now he is claiming it is a protest.

The man who tweeted Judith Collins telling her to “go kill yourself” says it’s a legitimate protest against a cyber-bullying law.

The Justice Minister’s Bill would criminalise harmful posts online and make it illegal to incite suicide – even if a person doesn’t try to take their own life.

Max Coyle says the Bill is “Draconian”, and that he’s one of thousands who tweeted the same message in recent times. 

“I think that any form of speech on the internet is free speech really. In all seriousness, were any of us really telling her to go kill herself? We sure said that, but we think her policies are much more damaging to New Zealand as a country than a comment from us.

“I think it’s about the necessary means to actually have the Minister come to terms with what she’s putting forward which is a draconian Bill. It’s just like a lot of people that want for instance, marijuana legalised, will smoke marijuana in protest.”

He says the Bill breaches free speech and he’s one of many who’ve tweeted her the same message.

This is utter bullshit.

It is never OK to implore someone to suicide. Even today without the proposed new law it isn’t OK.

Max Dillon Coyle should be pilloried for his weasel excuses.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.