Sky’s Sam Coates has posted on Twitter the full clip from Boris Johnson this morning talking about journalism. It was “a great profession”, Johnson said. But he went on:
But the trouble is that … sometimes you find yourself always abusing people or attacking [people] … being critical, when maybe you feel sometimes a bit guilty about that because you have not put yourself in the place of the person you are criticising.
Sam Coates Sky
Gosh. The full quotes
Journalists “are always abusing people”
Not sure that’s the line at a careers fair pic.twitter.com/9cbv0zEluJ
February 23, 2021
Johnson was talking about journalists criticising politicians, because he went on to say that, having felt guilty about criticising politicians, he thought he would try politics himself.
But, as LBC’s James O’Brien argues, this comment may have been an admission that Johnson’s own career as a columnist involved multiple instances of Johnson being offensive about people – often whole cities, nationalities or minority groups.
‘He’s admitting he spent his entire journalistic life just abusing people instead of criticising conduct and behaviour…