Another past it journo has a whinge-fest

John Armstrong is channelling his inner Fran today and whipped out a massive whinge-fest.

Armstrong’s opinion piece gives us a clear picture of how out of touch the press gallery is and also how poorly managed they are, tweet driven group think at it’s worse.

Armstrong is still confused that very few people care about Nicky Hager and there seems to be no discomfort that the emails were stolen but thinks that an email with no connection to a National staffer will damage National, sometime, somewhere with someone in the future at a time undefined…seriously they publish this rubbish. Voters seem more annoyed at journalists than politicians at hijacking our democracy for a German driven vendetta, using stolen goods.

Worse still is not one single journalist has even researched the term “chop, chop”, a term my parents used a lot when I was growing up as have many Kiwi parents. Anyone who has worked in Hong Kong or British territories around the world knows about “chop, chop”…except journalists. Anyone who has been in the armed forces knows what “chop chop” means. Once again the journalists have taken the lazy way out and repeated what Nicky Hager described.

In fact “chop chop” simply means hurry up…in other words Nicky Hager would get the hurry up.

Chop chop” is a phrase rooted in Cantonese. It spread through Chinese workers at sea. It was adopted by English seamen. “Chop chop” refers to “hurry, hurry” and means something should be done now, advance and without any delay. The word “chopsticks” likely originates from this root.     

Armstrong and friends now think the CGT is the defining moment, well it’s not and just because the CGT was endorsed by a couple of journalists and commentators and the media haven’t even bothered looking into the details because collectively they think it’s a great idea, the public have never liked it. It’s all very well thinking it will only effect a few people the effect is actually very widespread and for every landlord with a rental they think will make a good investment for retirement their is someone who aspires to own one too.

The reason why Cunliffe is rubbish on details for a policy he wrote is the media in three years haven’t bothered to ask any questions about it, John Key asks one fairly basic and simple question that the MSM should have asked years ago and all of a sudden they have a get out of jail card for all their opinion pieces that Dirty Politics will decide the election.

There is a list of questions on Whaleoil if Armstrong and Co need some pointers.

To compare this to Watergate though is just silly stuff from the journalists. But then given the facts that are emerging maybe Watergate will be apt, not because of my actions, rather the actions of a criminal hacker on a jihad hired, by political forces to do his dirty work and aided and abetted by journalists who like their scandals spoon fed to them in bite sized chunks.

Watergate involved a criminal enterprise, so too has all this, you have to wonder why the media haven’t asked cui bono…and then started joining some dots together.

The real Watergate scandal of New Zealand politics is yet to be revealed.


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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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