Petra László’s non-apology apology for kicking a man and his child in ‘self defence’
— Stephan Richter (@RichterSteph) September 8, 2015
The refugee crisis has introduced us in the West to Hungarian newshound Petra László. We’ve yet to review all of Petra’s work, but we know her showreel ends with a broadcast from the Röszke refugee centre. In it we see Petra tripping up a man carrying a small child. He falls to the ground. She stands over him. Sacked by her employers, Petra has explained all in right wing daily newspaper Magyar Nemzet,
It is in every inch the non-apology apology, a dishonest tactic that constructs a sympathetic backstory and motive for the action.