Hide on the Dotcom flop

That was the biggest build-up to the shortest scandal.  There was no Moment; there was no Truth.

For over two years Dotcom has repeatedly declared he had the evidence to prove John Key a liar. He told us that.  He told Parliament that.  He promised to produce it in court.

He didn’t.

He then promised to produce it at his Moment of Truth.  That was his rally five days before the election. It was a huge build up.  And then nothing.

The New Zealand Herald published online an all-too perfect email backing Dotcom’s claims. Dotcom confirmed that the email was, indeed, his long promised proof.  He was to produce it at his Moment that evening.

The alleged author of the email declared it fake. The alleged receiver of the email declared it fake. The alleged subject of the email declared it fake.

It had all the appearance of a fake.

Dotcom provided no evidence to prove its authenticity.

Dotcom never produced the promised email at his Truth Moment.  He couldn’t.  It had already been too discredited.  The scandal was over before it started.

It was remarkable in its amateurishness.  Kim’s a tech-head.  How could he have let this happen?  And reading between the lines, the NZ Herald didn’t get the email from Kim.   I suspect there will be some more to come out about that once it no longer matters.  

Dotcom got to choose his battle.  He chose his ground.  He chose his date.  He chose his rules.  And still he lost.

His Moment of Truth was his Stalingrad.  He drove deep into enemy territory.  He appeared invincible.  Nothing could stop him.  He rolled through and over our media and our politics.  The election became all about him.  But then in the snow, on the banks of the Volga, in a battle he chose, he stalled.  He couldn’t go forward.  He couldn’t go back.  And his Army was lost.

The last week of the campaign has been Key versus Dotcom.

Labour leader David Cunliffe has been left to comment on Dotcom from the sidelines.  The campaign has not been Cunliffe versus Key.  Dotcom — with a magpie media — has made it about him.  Without evidence — hard and firm — he was never going to win, no matter how hard the journalists beat it up.

I feel sorry for Mr Cunliffe, and I never thought I would write that.  He’s been shut out of testing himself against Mr Key.

Instead, we had a high stakes battle between Mr Key and Dotcom.  And Mr Key has won.  It was always going to be so.  Dotcom was never in the race.

As I said from the beginning – Dotcom knows nothing about politics.  What he is good at, he has actually done well.  The whole media circus, having everyone hanging on his every word, the extravagant and anarchic nature of it all, it created the appearance of cut through.

As we can see, it came to nothing.

And not, as Rodney suggest, because of the email.   In the end, the facade that was the Internet Party couldn’t be kept up long enough.  They started too early.  They repeated themselves too much.  There was too much time for things to go wrong.

And all that, had nothing to do with politics.

What’s truly devastating for Kim Dotcom isn’t that Internet Mana failed.

It’s that he is still to exact his revenge on John Key.

 

– NBR


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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.

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