ᔥ NZ Herald
It looks like late last night the NZ Herald editors had a gap to fill and quickly knocked up some bullshit to fill it.
I can imagine the consternation…oh no! a gap, how can we fill it?
Some bright spark would have said to rip an idea from a popular blogger and so they had a quick scroll through and found something they could twist into an insult against John Key. Perish the thought that one of their journalists actually read The Telegraph. Clearly there must have been nothing of value in The Guardian that they could have used.
Now let’s look at this…the Herald has used a headline with quote marks…except Daniel Hannan never said that. What he did say was:
He is very clever and, at the same time, utterly charming in the informal and artless way that New Zealanders have. While he has little time for dogmas and theories, he has a clear sense of where he wants to take his country, and is able to communicate that sense to people around him.
That is quite a bit different from the “quote” used in the headline.
Then of course is the description of Daniel Hannan. The Herald describes him as “a journalist”….which is technically true but he is more well known as a Conservative MEP and has been since 1999. He was recently here in New Zealand for an IDU meeting so not only did he meet John Key on a plane, but he also would have spent some quite considerable time with him at the IDU meetings in Wellington. The repeater who pasted together this article also clearly doesn’t listen to Leighton Smith who spoke with Daniel Hannan for about an hour the other day.
This was a nothing article, 5 days after the fact…Daniel Hannan has written more more columns since then, and poorly researched and deceptively wrong with the headline. No wonder I call them the NZ Horrid.