Editorial: The best way to avoid ridicule is to be a little less ridiculous

Editorial: The best way to avoid ridicule is to be a little less ridiculousIt's hard to think of something more satire-worthy than the proposal by Parliament's standing orders committee to ban the use of television footage shot in the House for the purposes of "satire, ridicule and denigration". Deputy… [NZ Politics]

The Herald on Sunday Editorial lambasts politician and Michael Cullen in particular over their overly sensitive rules to try to make themselves look good when we all know what a bunch of useless twats they are.

[quote]Deputy Prime Minister Michael Cullen has accused the news media of trying to portray the restrictions as "some sort of fascist state where the heroic media of New Zealand are being denied the right to lampoon politicians". Coming from the House's reigning master of the scathingly savage putdown, this seems particularly rich and, like much of his rhetoric, it transparently avoids the issue at hand by seeking to exaggerate the concerns expressed so as to minimise them.[/quote]

I believe that the media does have the right to lampoon politicians and they should use that right extensively and pften. If the buggers don't want to be lampooned then don't act like a bunch of prats. The solution is simple really, so simple, you would think that they would manage to grasp the concept. 

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.