Saturday 8 December 2012


Sometimes you can really see why some people dislike The Daily Mail so much.

Their online site is currently screaming this headline:

Australian radio station boss refuses to sack Royal prank DJs and claims THEY are the victims

Reading that, I wanted to string the insensitive brute of a radio station boss up by his unmentionables. Claiming the DJs are the victims and not poor Jacintha and her family is unbelievably outrageous.

And "unbelievably" is the word. 

Read on and the article reveals the exact opposite of the second half of that intentionally rabble-rousing headline:
"Rhys Holleran, the chief executive of Southern Cross Austereo, which owns the station, said the presenters were 'completely shattered' and had been offered counselling.
Mr Holleran told a press conference in Melbourne that the primary concern was for the family of Jacintha Saldanha, whose body was found yards from the King Edward VII Hospital yesterday.
He said: 'I spoke to both presenters early this morning and it's fair to say they are completely shattered.
'These people aren't machines, they're human beings. What happened is incredibly tragic and we’re deeply saddened and we’re incredibly affected by that.’
He added: 'I think prank calls as a craft in radio have been going for decades and decades and are not just part of one radio station or network or country.
'No-one could have reasonably foreseen what ended up being an incredibly tragic day.'
Mr Holleran declined to reveal who had dreamed up the prank call but said: ‘These things are often done collaboratively.'"
A very sensitive statement from Mr. Holleran in response to a story that has touched so many people. It's a shame the headline writer at Mail Online didn't refrain from indulging his or her baser journalistic instincts.

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