On Tuesday I spent a good portion of the afternoon with Jono Milne, so he could write an article about bloggers.
He had his recorder going the whole time so I am a little perplexed at this little manufactured bit near the end about a so-called Joyce/Collins battle.
National Party campaign chairman Steven Joyce says only that all politicians “talk to their own support base” to motivate them and get them helping out – but even Joyce, the Prime Minister’s right-hand man, rejects much of what is published on Whale Oil.
For instance, Slater has been backing Judith Collins over Joyce in the battle to succeed Key as leader – but, claims Joyce, there is no battle. “There’s an example of where he’s wrong. That’s a figment of Cameron’s fertile imagination.”
Joyce argues that just as the partisan bloggers laid down a challenge to the old model of news, they are now both being challenged by social media.
I never said there was a battle, and I never have. In fact while Jono was enjoying the glass of iced water at my house I specifically said to him that there was no battle, that it was a media invention. He should check the recording.
I also said that if there was a battle then I’d know about it because I’d be right in the middle carving it up, spreading the blood and guts around. I love a good donnybrook and unfortunately there are few to be had right now. There are certainly no leadership spats going on except in the minds of ill-informed, mischievous journalists.
So it appears that Jono Milne has made shit up with that little bit. Jono should check his recording. It is not my fertile imagination at question here, rather it is the media, and in this case Jono Milne’s.Â Read more »