Jul 6, 2011

Advice to Mick Molloy: fake your apology better next time

Mick Molloy and Network Ten have lost their defamation battle against Adelaide identity Nicole Cornes in a ruling that could have far ranging implications for free speech.

Andrew Dodd

Media lecturer and journalist

Mick Molloy and Network Ten have lost their defamation battle against Adelaide identity Nicole Cornes in a ruling that could have far ranging implications for free speech, namely for the revelation that the law does not possess a sense of humour.


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20 thoughts on “Advice to Mick Molloy: fake your apology better next time

  1. Carol Bruce

    Mick Molloy is not even funny – he is just a ‘try-hard’ comic. I really wonder why he is still on television. I cringe every time he opens his mouth on ‘Before the Game’!! So glad Cornes took him to court, and won.

  2. Just Me

    Molloy is a mixed bag. When he is funny he is pretty good. But he is getting stale, bit of a one-trick pony.

    Sounds to me like he lost mainly because he did not do the apology thing properly, which is probably fair enough.

  3. william magnusson

    i wouldnt think it funny , its about time comedians came up with better material other than slinging s**t on people

  4. Aphra

    Nicole Cornes has suffered enormously at the hands of ‘the boys’ in the media. Pilloried, ridiculed and hounded during the 2007 election campaign, not one apology came her way when it was later revealed, on Australian Story I, that during the campaign she was giving evidence in a child sexual abuse case and that she was the victim, since age 5! Her abuser was convicted.

    An example of her treatment (from Australian Story transcript)

    (Excerpt from radio interview):
    RADIO ANNOUNCER: So, Nicole, what do you have to offer the people of Boothby?
    FEMALE VOICE: Well I’ve lived in Boothby for years and I’ve got a really, really killer rack …
    RADIO ANNOUNCER: No that’s too much …
    RADIO ANNOUNCER 2: Too much, Nick, love.
    RADIO ANNOUNCER: Split the difference.
    FEMALE VOICE: But I have got a really killer …
    RADIO ANNOUNCER: Well I know you have but people don’t vote for them.
    RADIO ANNOUNCER: (Laughs) Nice one stud.
    (End of excerpt)

    A story by Michael Owen and accompanying photo which appeared in the Adelaide Advertiser and defended by its editor Melvin Mansell was described by Nicole Cornes thus:

    ‘And he says, “So I understand that you’ve been sexually abused and you’ve just gone through a court case. Can I ask, who was it?” I was completely shell shocked. At that moment, I’ve teared up, the photographer’s clicking away madly from across the room. And Michael Owen knew that he couldn’t write a word of the court matter because it was suppressed. And I’m a victim and protected by law so why ask me about it?’

    The picture of course, showed her as teary and sad and female and obviously not up to the job.

    Erstwhile Senator Stott-Despoyer’s comments:

    ‘I do worry about the message that the treatment of Nicole Cornes sends particularly other women. This is not about being precious as a politician, as a candidate, as a woman in public life. But it is about an element of fair treatment, and the treatment to which she was subject was unlike anything we’ve seen in this State, if at all, and certainly for a long time.’

    Obviously, Nicole Cornes had had quite enough of ‘jokes’ at her expense. Crass comedians who intend to sneer at others for cheap laugh at least have a duty to find out something about their intended targets first.

    Our defamation laws should provide more protection for comedians? What about protection for women from uncouth, unfunny, unaware and unattractive comedians?

  5. tone16g

    Mick Molloy is a dill. He’s never been funny.

  6. Maria Jonsson

    She said some nice things about this guy therefore she must be sleeping with him doesn’t sound like much of a joke to me. Is it okay to make a sexist and potentially damaging comment because it’s just a joke and you don’t really mean it? Good on her for calling him out on it.

  7. SBH

    good work Mick. Shame you couldn’t have slipped a gay joke in there as the cherry on the cake

  8. Sancho

    I can’t stand Mick Molloy. He’s an intelligent and genuinely funny man who makes a living by trying to be unintelligent and unfunny for the entertainment of his cro-magnon audience.

    That said, the defamation claim is bollocks. Molloy should simply apologise for being crass and shallow.

  9. Michael Harvey

    Where does this leave mad Monckton’s (serious, unapologetic) comments about Ross Garnaut I wonder? If someone called me a fascist, implying I was linked to Nazism I’d be suing their goolies.

  10. Arty

    Crass and shallow isn’t an offence. Defamation is. The courts got it right.

    “Sorry” is the cheapsters meaningless escape.

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