Hypocrisy and the Media

by Josh Metcalfe

Labour and the other opposition parties have been trying to paint themselves as holier-than-thou, paragons of virtue in the wake of the Dirty Politics fiasco and for their part the media is lapping it up without question. All parties have to be proficient in the art of dirty tricks, it is the nature of politics. I would bet serious money that when David Cunliffe learnt what Nicky Hager had revealed that he called up Matt McCarten and asked if their dirty trick department was as good.

There is no talk of David Cunliffe’s ties to Greg Pressland who even the media accept is a blogger over at The Standard. Cunliffe’s statement that the relationship isn’t comparable because The Standard doesn’t enjoy WhaleOil’s readership numbers is as lazy as it is bizzare. I think David needs to be asked: Is it acceptable to leak to bloggers if you know that not many people will bother to read it?

Nobody has questioned Russel Norman on the similarities between the accusations levelled against Jason Ede and the proven misconduct of Jolyon White, a staffer in Norman’s office. Norman has said that John Key must have been working with Cam if Jason Ede was communicating with Cam. (To my knowledge no relationship between Jason Ede and Cam has been conclusively proven yet) Is this an admission by Russel that he was aware of White’s actions last campaign?

We also have Winston Peters crowing that politics have never been so dirty, maybe he should think back to his early days in politics and the sorts of things that Muldoon got up to. It shows that the media have a very short memory that the story of Colin Moyle hasn’t been referenced.  If people think that Cam and Judith Collins are terrible for their rule of double, then lord knows what magnitude it was when Muldoon outed Moyle for being picked up by the police at a public convenience in retaliation for Moyle using parliamentary privilege to attack the accountancy firm that Muldoon used to work at.

Finally we reach the bottom of the barrel with the Internet Mana Movement/Party.  Every time Hone and Laila open their mouths I expect a nose to grow and take out an eye or one of their rears to suffer severe burns due to the spontaneous combustion of their trousers.  Any sane journalist would ask if it was incongruous to hold a position that the Key Government is corrupt and tainted while they’re taking money which has the spectre of illegality hanging over it? While there are journalists who do ask questions about the money, it is always framed around Dotcom, when the piece the journalist is writing is on Dirty Politics, then they give Internet Mana a free shot on the government with no questions asked about their own conduct.

Nicky Hager and Rawrshark have shown us that they don’t need to meet the burden of proof that others are required to or adhere to the laws of the land if you have gossip that’s juicy enough, and we’ve been shown that the mainstream media are more than willing to report on speculation and innuendo and enable these criminals all because it helps boost ratings.


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