Anorak News | Petra László’s non-apology apology for kicking a man and his child in ‘self defence’

Petra László’s non-apology apology for kicking a man and his child in ‘self defence’

by | 11th, September 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.

The camera was shooting, hundreds of migrants broke through the police cordon, one of them rushed to me and I was scared.

She acted in self-defence. Sure the man with his child in his arms was hurrying past. He was not rushing at her. But he might have attacked her – just as the other hundreds of migrants might have attacked her after she tripped the man up, causing him to fall atop the child.

Then something snapped in me … I just thought that I was attacked and I have to protect myself. It’s hard to make good decisions at a time when people are in a panic.

Petra is accepting her guilt at a low level. Her survival instinctive took over. As she stuck out her leg to send a man flying to the earth, she was panicking.

I’m not a heartless, racist children kicking camerawoman.

And now the outright denial. She tells us what she is not. She tells us that you are worse.

I do not deserve it nor the political witch hunts against me, nor the smear, the many death threats.

The death threats are pathetic. But those are words – it’s not like anyone tried to deck you, Petra. But the sack – yep, you deserved it. Your actions were wholly repugnant. You are a terrible journalist, unable to simply show and tell, you take sides. Of course, other journalists also reveal bias. The BBC’s correspondent Orla Guerin and pretty much any reporter on Channel 4 News are always on the side of the angels.

Petra goes on.

I’m just a woman…

And with that she’s back to the sympathetic back story.

…since then, an unemployed mother of small children, who brought a panic situation, a bad decision. I am truly sorry.

Of course you are. You got caught out, the camerawoman exposed when her actions were caught on camera.

If anyone sees sweet Petra dashing to the job centre, a young child swaddled in her loving arms, try not to panic and fear for your life and in doing so stick out a leg and send her smashing into the pavement. Because if you do, you run the risk of looking like an utter bastard.


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