Sattler: Others have said worse
Dumped Perth radio broadcaster Howard Sattler says Kyle Sandilands and Alan Jones have said far worse and kept their jobs.PT1M43S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2odjt 620 349 June 17, 2013
Disgraced broadcaster Howard Sattler believes he shouldn't have been sacked for questioning the sexuality of the prime minister's partner, saying shock jocks like Kyle Sandilands and Alan Jones have said worse and kept their jobs.
"What about these people - people who grilled a 13-year-old rape victim, a threat to hunt down a female journalist, harass the English nurse to subsequent suicide, say that Julia Gillard's father died of shame over her policies, that Ms Gillard should be bagged and dumped into the sea," Sattler told the Seven Network on Monday.
"Now don't you think my question paled into insignificance ahead of all those things?
"All those people are still on air. I've lost my job."
Sattler was suspended from Perth radio station 6PR last week following his interview with Ms Gillard in which he asked her if her partner, Tim Mathieson, was gay.
Less than 24 hours later, he was sacked from the Fairfax-owned station and his regular spot on Seven's Sunrise program.
Ask if he would do it all over again, Sattler said: "No, because I can't afford to lose my job.
"I gave her the opportunity to stop me at any stage, I didn't think I'd lose my job."
Sattler said he was considering running against Perth Labor MP Stephen Smith in the September election.
"It might help unseat him ... I'd love to try."
He said the defence minister had refused to be interviewed by him for about six years and had "fired a few barbs" at him.
Sattler was diagnosed last year with Parkinson's disease and believes his slurred speech was the real reason he was sacked from the radio station.
Fairfax, publisher of this website, says he was fired due to his disrespectful and inappropriate questions to the prime minister.