Thought Leader blogger Kanthan's Pillay's patient and carefully considered blog on Bullard bears repeating and disseminating:
So, let’s take a look at the column that ostensibly got him fired, specifically this comment:
“Every so often a child goes missing from the village, eaten either by a hungry lion or a crocodile. The family mourn for a week or so and then have another child.”
Yes, it’s in appallingly bad taste, but he’s describing a fictional situation! It’s satire! That’s his job!
And here is my take on what’s wrong with this picture. In all my years in journalism (first byline in 1980), every newspaper I have worked for has had a range of checks and balances in place before a column sees print.
In defence of David Bullard …