A man this sensitive shouldn’t be in politics

As I have said many times before politics is not tiddly-winks nor is it a game for sooks.

Colin Craig is such a sook. The big girl’s blouse got all snippy over some satire from The Civilian…and now he is moaning about about a Seven Sharp programme.

The Broadcasting Standards Authority has pinged them for some well deserved mockery of Colin Craig. NBR reports:

TVNZ says it will not appeal the decision but will broadcast an apology as directed by the BSA.

TVNZ says the apology statement will appear on screen during Wednesday’s Seven Sharp broadcast and be voiced over by one of Seven Sharp’s team – not a presenter,  as per the BSA’s decision.  

The Broadcasting Standards Authority has ordered TVNZ to apologise to Conservative Party leader Colin Craig for an item on Seven Sharp.

TVNZ must broadcast an apology to Mr Craig for unfair treatment and pay $1500 to the Crown.

A skit on the programme lampooned Mr Craig in reference to his threat of defamation against satirical website The Civilian.

The broadcast, called “Jesse’s guide to making fun of Colin Craig,” has since been removed from the TVNZ website.

In it, Mr Mulligan gave advice on how to lampoon Mr Craig without getting in trouble with the lawyers.

He had called Mr Craig a “nutcase,” a “doofus” and a “smarmy rich prick,” saying he felt comfortable using these terms, as they were his honest opinion.

The BSA decided these comments were “personal abuse masquerading as satire” and breached the fairness standard.

The complaint was Ross Craig..Colin’s father, plus four others, one of which appears to be media commentator Tom Frewen.

Poor Colin…had to get his dad to lay a complaint. How pathetic.

A man so sensitive does not deserve to be in politics.


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  • toryboy

    What wonderful news!

    The thing to do is organise a group of ‘name callers’ to follow him around East Coast Bays or Rodney with loud hailers …calling him names! haha!

    Sooner or later he is going to crack; nothing is more devastating in politics than tears.
    No one likes a crybaby.

    • Agent BallSack

      Except if you’re Helen.

  • Pete George

    It gets Craig media attention. Time will tell whether being seen as a recidivist doofus will convert into enough votes or not.

    • Daniel Church

      Good point. There is no such thing as bad publicity.

  • Michael

    We should all be complaining about 7 sharp, it’s a crap show.

  • Lux

    The poor baby ..

  • opusx

    Oh dear, not only a bit stupid and slow, but also a cry baby. He won’t last 2 weeks if he ever gets elected. My advice Colin:
    HTFU or don’t bother!

  • GregM

    ” He had called Mr Craig a “nutcase,” a “doofus” and a “smarmy rich prick,” Heh ! The one and only time I have ever agreed with anything Jesse Mulligan has said.

    • jaundiced

      Yeah, but I’d rather it wasn’t done in a programme supposedly about ‘current affairs’ . They can inform, voice an informed opinion, give us some clever satire, but this is none of those things – its just abuse. Campbell does it all the time, he doesn’t say ‘swarmy rich prick’ but his attitude does.

      • ratmuncher

        That’s because Campbell is smarmy rich prick and a lefty too.

  • Whanga_Cynic

    Having not watched the programme, I went to the BSA website and the report of the proceedings is much more offensive than what was said on Seven Sharp. What a bunch of panty-waisted dickheads. And I suppose I pay for these pricks out of my taxes?

  • tarkwin

    Best bit of so called acting Jesse has ever done.

  • Polish Pride

    Actually the flipside of this is that Colin Craig is the face of the Conservative Party in New Zealand. Essentially right now he is the brand. Whether its business or politics you need to do everything you can to both promote and protect your brand.
    Like it or not this was a good move by Colin Craig and it cost him absolutely nothing.

    • Agent BallSack

      Hibernation over is it PP?

      • Polish Pride

        Unfortunately no. Work has been interfering in my WO time. ;)

  • Agent BallSack

    ….“personal abuse masquerading as satire”

    Since nothing Jesse Mulligan does or says is ever funny I would say its “personal abuse masquerading as personal abuse”

  • Robert Woolley

    where can we find a link to the naughty skit?

  • jaundiced

    I’m in serious danger of having some sympathy for Colin Craig here. I’m not sure if TVNZ have decided whether 7 Sharp is current affairs or not, but having 3 presenters falling over themselves with this kind of stuff is not informative, funny or clever.

  • excuse me

    Well, for my part I welcome the BSA’s decision – if only for the reason that a publicly-owned broadcasting medium should not be originating this kind of politically-partisan material in the first place.

    Equally importantly, the Government (regardless of its political hue at any time) should not be owner of any broadcasting or other news medium. It is inevitable that public ownership of a broadcasting / news medium will turn that medium into a political plaything of near-untouchable insider activists.

  • Patrick

    More politics of envy in NZ, nothing more insulting than being a smarmy rich prick. What have we become that being rich is such a horrible thing? NZ is going down the gurgler, we have had Cullen’s attack on anyone earning over $60k, the Labour Party & most news media constantly make snide comments about so called rich people. Brings to mind Thatcher’s response to this sort of politicking:

    “What the honorable member is saying is that he would rather that the poor were poorer, provided that the rich were less rich,” she argued on November 22, 1990. She added: “So long as the gap is smaller, they would rather have the poor poorer. You do not create wealth and opportunity that way. You do not create a property-owning democracy that way.”

    You deserve the socialist utopia that Cunliffe will no doubt implement.


    First of all 7 Sharp is a terrible show. If you can call it show.

    But my main point is – Colin Craig you pansy poofta – did you run to daddy for help or did you inherit your vagina from him?

    • motorizer

      Way to stick it to him. Make a proper point or piss off.

      • IJDGAF

        You’re as sensitive as Colin. Did you inherit your vagina from your daddy too?

        • motorizer

          yeah. big one. go play now.

  • pukakidon

    Yes he is a sook and should be more thick skinned, however coming from that feed of arse that masquerades as a program presented by a bunch of dickheads mocking someone else is a bit rich. The only one I have any time for is Tamati, I remember when one of the News Talk hosts refered to the stupid presenters on seven shit as the Dike, Clown and the Boring person they all got over the top sooky so much so you would have thought the world was going to end.

    Sorry I don’t have time for soft cock hypocrites like those waste of space presenters, good job I hope they have to pay it out of their salary.

  • John

    LEAVE COLIN ALONE, seriously though, who watches 7 sharp other than gay lefties?

  • motorizer

    The “team” at seven sharp come across as smug and act as though they can do what they want. I cannot stand watching their pro leftie crap. They should not be able to act out abuse to people just because they feel like it. The BSA is there for a reason and they have done their job and I hope they showed no favouratism due to the fact that colin will be in parliament next year.

  • Apolonia

    Good to see Bolshevik TV being called to account.
    Mulligan could be a comedian if he was funny.

    • Rod

      Is he the guy who wears a tie with shorts, a bit like a public servant from the 1960s?

  • phronesis

    The presenters can’t even handle a slap with a wet bus ticket, the rats are leaving the ship. http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/tv-radio/9527753/Alison-Mau-to-leave-Seven-Sharp

    • Lux

      Lets hope the show will be gone as well …

      The whole format is boring anda waste of time and money.

      • Cowgirl

        It’s just a matter of time I think – already 2 presenters gone since it started. Not sure why Ali Mau signed up for it, but she’s obviously done hugging this particular corpse. Toni Street probably just killed her career too – I get she probably is sick of the early mornings, but this is a major step down for her I think.

  • caochladh

    I would have sympathy with Seven Sharp had they interviewed Craig and said it to his face, but they didn’t and he had no right of reply. The program is not just past its sell buy date, it never got off the shelf.

  • Lux

    Ohh well, hosking is back on board for seven sharp, with toni st, now ali is gone ..
    and jesse is staying ..

  • LesleyNZ

    Can’t stand Seven Sharp.

    • Betty Swallocks

      Watched it once. Ten minutes of it was more than enough. Lowest Common Denominator garbage.