‘Speak for yourself': Boris Johnson skewered after telling school kids journalists find themselves ‘abusing people'
Added 02-23-21 10:37:03am EST - “Boris Johnson is facing swift backlash after he claimed ?" to a group of school children ?" that journalists always find themselves "abusing people" and the job made him feel so guilty he left for a more honest career in politics.” - Rt.com
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During a school visit in London on Tuesday, Johnson – a former Telegraph columnist and editor of the Spectator – told the gathered children that although journalism is a great job, you “always find yourself abusing people” and “attacking people.”
Gosh. The full quotes Journalists “are always abusing people”Not sure that’s the line at a careers fair pic.twitter.com/9cbv0zEluJ
“Not that you want to abuse them or attack them,” he explained as journalists’ cameras clicked. “You’re being critical when maybe you feel sometimes a bit guilty about that... because you haven’t put yourself in the place of the person you’re criticising.”
Though many Brits would likely agree with Johnson’s grim assessment of the media, journalists themselves quickly took to social media to condemn the prime minister’s comments.
“Speak for yourself, Prime Minister. I don’t abuse people & I therefore don’t feel any guilt about reporting the truth,” journalist Sam McBride tweeted, while Sky News reporter Greg Heffer shared a clip of Johnson telling a cameraman to “p*ss off” in 1992.
Gosh. The full quotes Journalists “are always abusing people”Not sure that’s the line at a careers fair pic.twitter.com/9cbv0zEluJ— Sam Coates Sky (@SamCoatesSky) February 23, 2021
Journalists "always abusing people", says Boris Johnson https://t.co/bCsomO3udy— Greg Heffer (@GregHeffer) February 23, 2021
Journalists are "always abusing people," says Boris Johnson, who has previously called gay men “bumboys”, Muslim women "letterboxes", and black Africans "piccaninnies". pic.twitter.com/9wJOnG73kc— Adam Bienkov (@AdamBienkov) February 23, 2021
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