On the second anniversary of September the 11th, imagine my surprise driving to my birthday dinner to hear Pam Corkery joking and giggling on Newstalk ZB about the 3,000 victims of the terrorist attack.
PRESENTER (LARRY WILLIAMS): PAM CORKERY, THE LAST WORD TONIGHT ON TVONE. WHAT YOU GOT TONIGHT PAM?
PAM CORKERY (LAST WORD TONIGHT PRESENTER ON TVONE): SEPTEMBER 11 LARRY.
PRESENTER: HAVE YOU?
CORKERY: YEAH. WELL WE’LL GO TO NEW YORK. OUR NICE GUY THERE TIM WILSON IS… NEW YORK WAKES TO SEPTEMBER 11. HE’S NOT YOU KNOW FULL OF… HE’S AN EX-PAT, SO HE’S NOT FULL OF UNFETTERED PATRIOTISM. DO YOU KNOW THEY’RE STILL FINDING BITS OF BODY?
PRESENTER: YES I DO. YES.
CORKERY: ISN’T IT AMAZING?
PRESENTER: YES, IT IS QUITE INCREDIBLE.
CORKERY: THE PETROCELLI FAMILY FOR EXAMPLE, THEY GOT… IT’S THE FIFTH INSTALMENT OF THEIR SON DELIVERED TO THEM THIS WEEK.
PRESENTER: YEAH. IT WAS A TRAGIC EVENT. I SPOKE TO A LAWYER LAST NIGHT ON THE…
CORKERY: OH NO I’M JUST 0N THE CUSP OF ACTUALLY HYSTERICAL ABOUT IT; I MEAN THEY COULD JUST ABOUT REBUILD HIM ALL THE STUFF THEY’VE GOT BACK…
CORKERY: … AND JUST SAY HE’S HAVING A QUIET NIGHT.
PRESENTER: OKAY … (LAUGHS) …
CORKERY: … (LAUGHS) … PUT SOME SHALAK (PHON) ON HIM. NO, I DON’T MEAN THAT, BUT IT’S STILL INTERESTING THAT THE AMERICANS ARE BEWILDERED THAT PARTS OF THE WORLD DON’T LIKE THEM.
So this is what Labour’s TVNZ Charter has got us. A former Alliance MP making fun of a mother who has just received some of her son’s remains, as a way to promote her taxpayer funded and state broadcast TV show.
Appalled does not get close to the emotion I had on hearing it live. Trust me it is worse with the laughter. Even now I am furious and can not believe that she remains on air after this appalling broadcast.
If you want to listen to it yourself, go to NewstalkZB website and at the bottom put in Thursday as the day and 5.40 p.m. and click go. Then on the next page click the segment called 17.30 and this piece will come on around 11 minutes through it. Sorry no fast forward on it.