Right-wing commenator 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.
Social media users were outraged, including Australia’s former race discrimination commissioner Tim Soutphommasane, who said he was disgusted by the comments.
Sky News boss acted quickly
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 totally unacceptable and has no place on any of our platforms, not in modern Australian society.
“We apologise for any hurt or offence caused by the remarks made by Ross Cameron on the program.”
The broadcaster has now deleted all content from the relevant Outsiders episode from all its platforms.
Ross Cameron also apologised for the remarks, telling Macquarie Radio he may have been wrong.
“I don’t expect to make perfect live television every time,” he said.
“On this occasion I obviously fell short of what was required.
“If anyone’s been hurt, I’m very happy to sincerely apologise.
Bolt says sacking was “a joke”
But fellow Sky presenter Andrew Bolt, has now come to Cameron’s defense, 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, Litigation Director from Discrimination Claims, called on Sky News to also sack Cameron’s co-host Rowan Dean.
“These two 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, saying the comments were offensive.
“This is nasty even by the low standards of Sky News and Outsiders,” he said.
Earlier this year, Cameron and Dean had Senator David Leyonjhelm on the program and allowed him to make offensive comments about Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young.
He was then given the opportunity to add to his attack without challenge from either host.
Sky News later issued an apology to Senator Hanson-Young and said a producer had been suspended over the broadcast.
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