Trevor Mallard celebrated his promotion by being chucked out of parliament for a scurrilous smear.
Worse, though, he has admitted to Tracy WatkinsÂ that the smear he launched in parliament was nothing more than a shameless lie.
Clearly seeing which way things were headed, Labour MP Trevor Mallard fell back on the oldest trick in the book to spice the story up for the evening news and got chucked out of the House after lobbing an incendiary allegation in the Justice Minister’s direction.
Mallard had interjected that Collins’ family had benefited from Oravida to the tune of half a million dollars – a figure he later admitted was based on nothing more than totting up the average fees paid to company directors.
So Collins, whose husband Wong-Tung is a director of Oravida, was not too far off the mark when she accused Mallard of making it up.
What is worse though is TV3 used his lie and smear to mount a full on attack with the three lead items all about the National party and Judith Collins.
The scurrilous smears spread by Patrick Gower and Trevor Mallard show clearly that TV3 have decided to inject themselves into the political game and therefore are fair game now.
Yesterdays question time was billed by TV3 and their useful helpers in the NZ Herald as the day Crusher would be crushed, and when that failed to happen, and Labour’s attacks were blunted they took it upon themselves to do the job of the opposition.
Well if the media want to be the story and be the opposition then they get to face scrutiny of their own actions.
No wonder that people are sick of the mainstream media and are calling out for a news medium that reflects their own values.