Andrew Bolt has described the decision by Sky News to sack presenter Ross Cameron over racist remarks as “a joke”.
Cameron made the disparaging comments about Chinese people on the Outsiders program last week.
Viewers expressed outrage on social media, including former race discrimination commissioner Tim Soutphommasane.
Andrew Bolt calls Ross Cameron sacking ‘a joke’
New boss at Sky News Paul Whittaker acted quickly to sack Cameron, issuing a public statement:
“Sky News is committed to robust discussion and debate, however, this language is unacceptable.
“We apologise for any hurt or offence caused by the remarks made by Ross Cameron on the program.”
The broadcaster has deleted all content from the relevant Outsiders episode from all its platforms.
Additionally, Ross Cameron apologised for the remarks, telling Macquarie Radio he may have been wrong.
“I don’t expect to make perfect live television every time.
“On this occasion I obviously fell short of what is required.”
Bolt says sacking ‘joke’
However, fellow Sky presenter Andrew Bolt has come to Cameron’s defence, writing in his Herald-Sun column:
“ALL those journalists and activists now calling sacked Sky News host Ross Cameron a “racist” are fools or liars, or lazy – and wrong.”
Calls for Sky to sack Rowan Dean too
Miles Heffernan from Discrimination Claims called on Sky News to also sack Cameron’s co-host Rowan Dean.
“These ignorant muppets are a couple of sexist, racist, homophobic, dinosaurs who don’t deserve to have a public platform to spew their bile and hate,” he said.
Mr Soutphommasane agreed, describing the comments as “offensive”.
“This is nasty even by the low standards of Sky News and Outsiders,” he said.
Earlier this year, Cameron and Dean had to apologise after Senator David Leyonjhelm made offensive comments about Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young on their program.
Sky News subsequently apologised to Senator Hanson-Young, blaming a producer for the broadcast.
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