Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Willie's backdown

We had to go to a meeting in town around lunchtime, and the car radio happened to be on RadioLive. And there was Willie Jackson, back-pedalling with some vigour from the incitement to violence he was spouting yesterday.

According to Jackson, the Herald had taken his comments out of context, and John Tamihere had been rarking him up so he over-reacted, because he's a passionate individual. He would NEVER advocate violence towards people from a picket line, he said.

Frankly, Jackson sounded completely unconvincing, and his excuses had a the-dog-ate-my-homework ring to them. Willie Jackson knew exactly what he was saying yesterday in our ever-humble opinion; he was playing to his red flag-waving constituency. But clearly someone in the RadioLive management had got in his ear and told him to pull his head in.

That's hardly surprising, at a time where MUNZ members who (used to) work at the Port of Auckland are threatening violence against one of their (former) workmates. Willie Jackson isn't sorry that he made his comments yesterday. He's merely sorry that he got called out on them.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

"According to Jackson, the Herald had taken his comments out of context, and John Tamihere had been rarking him up so he over-reacted, because he's a passionate individual. He would NEVER advocate violence towards people from a picket line, he said."

That's right too. Your dismissal of his claim is typical of your love for smearing good people.

Keeping Stock said...

Did you actually hear Jackson this afternoon Anon? Genuine apologies are not usually accompanied by sniggering...

Anonymous said...

Why were you sniggering?

Lance. said...

"Willie Jackson isn't sorry that he made his comments yesterday. He's merely sorry that he got called out on them..."

You opine, or make up, as is your nasty evidence-less supernatural way.

Did you feel the same about Henry, Deaker, Laws and Holmes, when they 'apologised'? (or rather, didn't apologise).

You're becoming funnier by the post.
Hence the sniggering.

Keeping Stock said...

@ Lance:

Here's some examples:

On Michael Laws:

Laws has dismissed his comment about journalists as a "throwaway line", but as a talkback host with a low idiot threshhold (by his own admission), he should be only too aware that he has listeners who might take his throwaway lines seriously, or without the truck-load of salt he intends them to be taken with. It was an inappropriate comment, and we are not surprised that RadioLive has reacted to it.

On Paul Henry:

Regular readers (both of them) will know that we are fans of Paul Henry. There are limits however, and we believe that Henry stepped beyond them this morning in suggesting that Governor General Anand Satyanand did not look and sound like a Kiwi.

Anand Satyanand is every bit as much a Kiwi as we (me, myself and I) are; possibly even moreso, given that he has walked upon God's earth for longer than we have. This was a moment of insensitivity from Paul Henry which was crass even by his standards. The sooner he puts it right, the better.


We weren't yet blogging when Holmes called Kofi Annan a "cheeky darkie", and to the best of our knowledge, we've never blogged about Murray Deaker. We were out of the country last week, so didn't see or hear his comments regarding SBW.

If someone crosses a line, we'll call them on it, and Willie Jackson crossed a line yesterday.

Anonymous said...

Explained. Lost.

Keeping Stock said...

Quite so Anonymous; Willie explained, therefore Willie lost. I'm glad we agree.

Anon said...

"Willie explained, therefore Willie lost."

What a stupid thing to say!

Anonymous said...

The sooner someone shoots Willie, Radio Live and NZ will be better off.