'Mosque problems': Magic talk host Ryan Bridge shuts down caller downplaying Christchurch shooting

Magic Talk radio host Ryan Bridge challenged a caller to his Friday show after he accused the station of "advertising mosque problems".

Bridge was discussing Friday's Crusaders logo change announcement with Magic Talk callers, which has already attracted unwanted attention.

The champion Super Rugby team on Friday announced it would retain its disputed name but revamped their brand as a result of the Christchurch mosque shootings.

While there have mixed opinions on the revamp, one caller, Brian, decided to avoid the topic completely, instead accusing Magic Talk of "overdoing" its coverage of the Christchurch shooting, where a gunman killed 51 people at two of the city's mosques.

"When is your radio station going to give up advertising these mosque problems day after day, week after week?" the caller asked Bridge.

"If this problem happened at any other church in New Zealand, it'd be gone, dead and buried by now.

"Why do you people keep bringing it up and up and up all the time?"

Bridge was quick to shut the caller down.

'Mosque problems': Magic talk host Ryan Bridge shuts down caller downplaying Christchurch shooting
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"I think you're wrong," Bridge said. "I think we'd still be talking about it regardless of who was targeted.

"Do you think that because they're Muslim that they get special treatment?"

Brian ignored the question, telling Bridge, "you're overdoing it!

"Every day of the week this comes up," Brian said.

'Mosque problems': Magic talk host Ryan Bridge shuts down caller downplaying Christchurch shooting
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After the call, Bridge told Newshub his show is open to everyone's ideas and opinions.

"Sometimes you get calls like this and you take a deep breath," he said.

"I think you've just got to try and respect people's views, be fair, but if they are wrong, then tell them that.

"The New Zealand media would not have given this story less airtime had it been a Catholic church that had been targeted."

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