Veteran journo slammed for ‘creepy’ interview with New Zealand PM

During an interview on Australian current affairs programme ‘60 Minutes‘, veteran journalist Charles Wooley confessed to New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, that he is smitten with her and described the 37-year-old leader as ‘attractive’.

The programme aired on Sunday night and shows Wooley telling Arden that of all the prime ministers that he has met, “none so young, not too many so smart, and never one so attractive” as her.

The interview, which drew the ire of Twitter users who described it as ‘misogynistic’, descended even further when Wooley failed to ask Arden about her policies, instead asking her prying questions about her pregnancy.

Wooley asked Arden about her reasons for going into “sordid” politics, the due date of her baby and the possible day of the baby’s conception.

According to Wooley, he did not raise questions about housing and tertiary costs in the interview because he believed that his audience would not care to hear about them.

He has defended his comments about Arden’s looks on Newstalk ZB in New Zealand, saying “If you say somebody is attractive, my thesaurus defines it as 50 choices from good-looking to gorgeous to likeable, there is so many different meanings.”

Wooley has called the social media attack as “Orwellian”, alluding to George Orwell’s 1984 where a secret agency punishes any criminal, political or individual thought that is not approved.

“It’s a bit Orwellian you know I think you got to be so careful with newspeak and thought crime and everything else, we suffer the same thing in Australia,” he said.

Watch the interview in full below:

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