Paul Holmes and Kevin Milne talk about the tea tapes

Paul Holmes has a column in the NZ Herald today about the appalling media frenzy over an illegally recorded conversation between John Banks and John Key.

I don’t join lynch mobs and I don’t intend to now. For that’s what it’s been this week, a sanctimonious, high and mighty news media lynch mob baying for John Key’s blood.

…I would hold this view no matter who was talking, whether it was Phil Goff talking to the Greens or whoever. A private conversation is exactly that, private.

If John Banks had met John Key in the latter’s ninth-floor office and it was known a tape recording had been made of the meeting no one would be demanding the tape be released. It is absurd.

There is no suggestion that they were in any way conspiring to commit a crime. One or the other it is thought as I write this may have spoken derisively of the age of Winston Peters’ voters.

So what. Everyone speaks derisively of Winston Peters’ voters. We all know they’re the rump of Rob’s old mob and that Winston is their master manipulator.

This morning on NewstalkZB he talked with Kevin Milne of Fair Go fame about the same issue. Have a listen, well worth it.

NewstalkZb – Paul Holmes and Kevin Milne talk about the tea tapes by whaleoil


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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. 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 who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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

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