John Campbell comes out of the closet, must be the week for it

John Campbell was once an Alliance voter.

He was famously called a ‘little creep’ by Helen Clark over his Corngate ambush interview.

But now it seems the bad blood between Campbell and his lefty mates has been put to rest, with TV3 running a Labour Party ad in prime time, under the guise of the latest Campbell Live trailer. If there was ever a reason for Government Ministers not to front on his partisan little show, this is it.

Five of the seven topics mentioned in this advertisement are issues the Opposition is actively campaigning on. Campbell even promotes the Labour Party’s asset sales stunt from the last election campaign. If this had a Labour logo on it, you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s a party political broadcast. The first time I saw it I thought it was!

1 – Hungry kids – John Campbell has lent his name to David Shearer’s campaign to expand the ‘Food In Schools programme’ (which John Key actually kick started).

2 – Jobs

3 – Home Affordability

4 – Asset Sales

5 – Are we Green enough?

6 – Urban Planning

7 – Driving Dogs – paid ad for Mini?

What’s clear from this is that any Government Minister hoping to get a fair hearing from Campbell Live needs their head read. Looks like the Nats have a new opponent to fill the void left by the current Opposition rabble.


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  • Bit desperate for news are we you moaning greasy blowfly, think you’re getting a bit delusional, paranoid and losing the plot. At least comments like this prove just the sort of ignorant bigot you are and if we didn’t have people like you, people like me would have nothing to fight against, now would we!

    • Jester

      To be honest JR, I’d like to see things from your point of view, but I can’t get my head that far up my ass.

      • Dave

        Brilliant Jester, I think the problem is JR has her had her head buried in the bowels of life for so long, its tainted her entire outlook on life. Everything is entirely shitty, perhaps a move to Northland where you would fit in with some of the locals, plenty of sunshine and some of their homegrown product would also help JR.

        • tarkwin

          Keep it down Dave, I live up here and we don’t need any more JR types in the neighbourhood.

    • Mostly_Harmless

      Delusional and paranoid? Did you actually watch the video?

    • Get out of the bed on the wrong side this morning JR? Play the ball, not the man.

      • fozzie2

        Get real stocky – playing the man is whale’s MO ! He relentlessly pursues people he is paid to by his buddies – without restraint yet when the tables are turned he threatens and sets his so called ‘army’ on the attack … he may not be a ‘moaning greasy blowfly’ as JR points out – but one thing he is, is a snivelling schoolyard bully.

        • Dave

          Really Fozzie, I disagree with WO at times, Gun Control etc, but rather he debates and posts factual replies and info. He has never denigrated me at all, perhaps because i don’t start by getting into him. What goes round comes round Fozzie, its called Karma.

          Suggest a couple of biscuits, a cuppa, a lie down and a long look in the mirror old chap.

        • HTFU…if you don’t like the taste of shit then use smaller strokes

          • fozzie2

            Typical – battyboy humour at it’s worst …

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    • Gazzaw

      Just as well that this site is a tad more tolerant than that of your comrades over at the standard JR. Personal, abusive comments such as ‘moaning greasy blowfly’, however, are a fair indication of the levels of debate that you are more accustomed to.

    • LesleyNZ

      JR – Why is everyone who doesn’t think the way you think a bigot? Do you really know the meaning of the word?

    • jt42

      Backoff guys, I suspect JR is a bit fragile.

    • stinkeye2

      You could try fighting your own stupidity but you might end up losing…

    • LesleyNZ

      Actually think it is Campbell Live who is desperate for news – all very last year.

    • Hope that you are no relation of mine JR, you lefty loony.

    • Dave

      Please JR, we usually comment on the story here, debate the issues, not comment on ourselves. Its intelligent and factual debate that is welcomed by most, and then debated. The debate normally add to the original post, not generates the host or others posting.

      PS: Thinking about your last comment, I would like to Thank WO, as per your last post, if we didn’t have people like Whale, you might not exist, as you only live to fight don’t you JR. Now go away, think about that and Smile JR

    • Hazards001

      But people like you don’t fight against anything. Instead you sit on your arse on the benefit and whine. The fighters are out there working and making a difference no matter if it’s cleaning bogs and emptying garbage cans or trading shares and practicing law.But’re entitled..right? You’re special, you have needs that must be fulfilled and someone else must pay for it!

    • Luke D

      Oh look it’s crazy Jayne Routhan aka JR Murphy, the same woman who called me and my mates rapists and paedophiles for saying we support National at the state opening of parliament. So how’s life being trespassed from parliament after running and screaming through corridors? Haha get a life loser

  • unpcnzcougar

    I saw the ad too. At first I was confused as I thought it was a Labour election ad being broadcast outside of the campaign times. You are right, no Government representative should appear on Campbell Live. I stopped watching about 6 months ago because the stories became so one sided and obviously nothing to do with good journalism.

    • dotcom


    • Me, too

      • Prince

        And me

    • maninblack

      and me.

    • Hazards001

      I’ve never watched the mealy mouthed smarmy lil prick. What took you so long?

    • Steve (North Shore)

      And my whole household

  • dotcom

    Worst part. Campbell actually does think it’s journalism.

    • Gazzaw

      Campbell is fully aware it’s not journalism but WTF anything to keep the paychecks coming in for another year.

  • Patrick

    Pass the sick bag – Campbell is such a self inflated tosser

  • blokeintakapuna

    Shame for John Campbell to have to sacrifice his “journalistic integrity” for a few pieces of silver his puppet masters wave under his nose getting him to front for more propaganda sponsored by the Labour Party.

    Mind you – Campbell / TV3 could always demonstrate their neutrality and integrity by asking the CTU / MUNZ / Labour Party about illegally operating unions and the funding of the Labour Party? Or how the 10,000 homes a year will actually work? Or where the GCSB tape is? Or who else was in on the passport for cash donation corruption scam? Or Shearer’s mercenary / hired assassins body guards he used whilst at the UN? Or Auntie comrad Helen’s Billions she’s wasted at the UN?

    Some balance TV3 might even return some public respect – and who knows, maybe even enough that advertisers return so your parent company doesn’t go broke.

    Report the news – don’t try and invent it!

    • Apolonia

      He could ask Winston where our $158,000 is?

  • Agent BallSack

    Choice TV is on in my household at 7, havent watched Campbells ranting in 5 years.

  • LesleyNZ

    Videoed reruns of “Heartbeat” and “Hogan’s Heroes” are looking pretty good these days! What with the new “hiphop” 7 Sharp and then this being dished up – no thanks. At least Campbell Live is not publicly funded.

    • WayneO

      7 Sharp reminds me of that awkward 50 year old auntie trying to be cool by going clubbing with her 19 year old niece.

  • At least his lack of objectivity is out in the open for all to see now.

    • but, but, it’s always been there. Well, for at least the last 3 or 4 years anyway.

  • CJA

    I saw this last night and like a few above thought it was an advertisement for the Labour Party. Don’t get why the media can’t just be balanced. Anyway can’t be bothered with Campbell Live which is a shame because I used to actually watch it.

    • I don;t want the media to be balanced…I much prefer bias, but I do wish they would be honest about it

      • CJA

        Maybe I should rephrase I at least want a media organisation to give a dissenting view as opposed to the current status quo where all media organisations take a very left slanted view.

  • Saccharomyces

    As I said first time I saw it “nice to see Campbell Live openly announce that they’re Labour’s TV TV arm”

    I just find it a bit stupid:
    The tubby bitch asking about hungry kids – give them some of your food then, obviously you get plenty!
    The voice saying “I’ve applied for over 50 jobs, when will I get one” – perhaps when you apply for a position that is a good fit for your skills and experience…..

    I might just have to watch the dyke, the bore and the clown instead…..

    • Gazzaw

      Try going for a walk instead Saccha. Given those two choices fresh air is by far the best option.

  • DavidW

    An interesting quote from a Stuff item that gives some measure of the guy’s ethical standards.

    “It was TV that Campbell set his sights on after his radio cadetship. He applied to TV3 a few times, but no one was interested, he says. “They were notorious for wanting shitkickers who would smash doors down and I was probably the politest journalist in the history of time.”

    Finally TVNZ offered him a job, so Campbell called TV3 and said he’d been offered a position by the competition. Someone asked him to fax up his offer for proof, and counter-offered.

    “I think they hired me to shove one up to TVNZ. Plus, when I started at TV3, they had no audience, it was in receivership. I mean, what more could go wrong?””

    Is it just me or does anyone else find it distasteful that you would run off with an offer straight to the opposition and auction yourself like a bit of old pottery.????

  • tarkwin

    I wasn’t surprised when I saw the add – you could never describe it as a trailer. Campbell has always had trouble distinguishing fantasy from reality and current affairs from advertising, as the over hyped utter bullshit driving dog trash proves. He has reached the stage where he actually believes what he says. I doubt there are any decent researchers / journalists working on his program. If there are they should be fired for total incompetence. Forget about ministers, no one with any integrity should appear on this advertorial laden politically slanted excuse for a T.V program.

  • DangerousE

    last night my baby mumma was asking why I was swearing and abusing the tv, I said a friggin Labour party ad is on, no hold on a Cambell Live ad! Unbelieveable

  • Graeme Edgeler

    John Key did not kick start food in schools.

    The private companies giving food to schools kick started food in schools.

  • Goldie

    I’m glad that self-described “liberal luvvie” John Campbell is focussing on stuff that matters. Heavens – we wouldn’t want the media to cover such trivial things as why NZ has such low levels of productivity (which is ultimately why we are generally poor compared to other western countries) and why NZ has such high levels of welfare dependency (and its end product of social dysfunction and crime).

    • LesleyNZ

      and baby bashing child abuse stats.

  • Dani

    Good thing is Labour Party can recycle the ad for their campaign and Glen Owen can save some money!

  • With the exception of driving dogs (which I have nothing against, in fact I think it’s pretty awesome), I agree. He is one of the most baised chardonnay socialist people on TV these days. Having said that, TV1’s new show sounds God-awful too, so there will be absolutely nothing to watch at 7pm on weeknights.

    • WayneO

      Crowd goes wild. 7pm Prime.

  • BW_Lord

    Saw this and was disgusted. Even the missus asked ‘what the hell?’, and she doesn’t even follow it that much.

  • cows4me

    Perhaps the best way to piss this liberal tosspot off is to take note of the advertisers in that time slot and stay the hell away from them. Let the left waste their money on the turd and his lies.

    • Gazzaw

      And let the advertisers know why you’re not buying their products.

      • Dave

        And which side of the political spectrum do the majority of the advertisers, who FUND the media sit on, ah, oh yes, the Pro Business Right side, not the wrong side.

  • thor42

    Hi all –

    On the theme of nonsensical left-wing media (and alternatives to it) – just thought I’d mention that there’s a new centre-right paper (both “dead tree” and online)
    starting up in Sweden. It is called “Dispatch International” – here is an article about it –

    The guy behind it is Lars Hedegaard –

    Quote – “Lars Hedegaard, former chief editor of the national newspaper Information, president of the Danish and International Free Speech Society and reknown critic of EU, Islam, immigration, multiculture, climate alarmists and the Left, starts a new and completely professional newspaper. It will be published on a weekly basis from January 2013 in English, Danish and Swedish. Dispatch International can also be bought as online-edition in German and more languages for an online edition is planned as well.

    Read more and subscribe here:
    I have subscribed for a year of the online version. I’m keen to support a no-BS non-PC
    paper like this one. Looks very promising.

  • Greg

    I seriously thought that was a Labour Party Add when I first heard it on the radio, fuck I can’t stand that smarmy,grovelling, little cunt!

  • Jman

    I stopped watching Campbell a long time ago after he admitted that his favorite journalist is John Pilger.

  • Kapow

    1. Campbell is not a journalist.
    2. This loser in the video that bags New Zealand should be tried for treason. Love em or hate em, at least Americans love their country and will stand up for it – not like this traitor.

  • WayneO

    Crowd goes wild is now on at 7pm. Solid television right there.

    Better than Campbell and that shit they are proposing on One. Any TV show where munters can twitter in their moronic rantings loses me.