Liam Kenny, son of SKY News presenter and The Australian columnist Chris Kenny (pictured), has written an online response following a photoshopped image of his father having ‘sex’ with a dog on The Hamster Decides.
The original image from the Chaser team appeared on the final episode of The Hamster Decides after Kenny suggested the incoming government should review funding to the ABC.
Andrew Hansen weighed in satirically noting, “I agree. They’ve just got to cut ABC funding. I mean this, this is a network that broadcasts images of Chris Kenny strangling a dog while having sex with it.”
On SKY News, an outraged Kenny responded: “My sister and her children, they saw it, and my kids now when they want to Google my name, they’ll see it in the future. It’s just a nice little slap down from the ABC because I dared to challenge the ABC – on behalf of taxpayers. I, like you, pay for it.”
This week even Media Watch sided with Kenny.
“So why did the ABC let it go to air?” asked Paul Barry.
“And why did they not refer it up the management chain?”
You can read more on the ABC and Chaser’s response here.
But now son Liam Kenny has written an online response -and by the sounds of things he wasn’t offended at all.
Chris Kenny is my dad. On one of the Sky News political analysis programs he hosts, he has replied to the Chaser joke, lamenting that if his children were ever to Google his name in the future, this is the kind of filth we would stumble across.
Kenny is a staunchly neo-conservative, anti-progress, anti-worker defender of the status quo. He is an unrelenting apologist for the Liberal Party. He was one of Alexander Downer’s senior advisers at the time of the Iraq War. He’s been known to argue for stubborn, sightless inaction on climate change.
Liam Kenny has written a fair deal about Tony Abbott and the media that you can read here including “ongoing bully campaigns” against those who question newspaper editorial practices.
And it’s a jokey picture of a bestial embrace that I should be afraid of discovering online?
Probably not the kind of reaction everybody was expecting.
As social media has noted the surprising response, Kenny has since tweeted:
I am proud of my children, love them deeply, and encourage them to think for themselves.
— Chris Kenny (@chriskkenny) September 18, 2013