Did the left actually READ Dirty Politics?

They can’t have.  In it, it has lots of little bits of wisdom.  Rhonwyn Newson writes:

Is this the key passage in Dirty Politics Nicky Hager, Glenn Greenwald and Kim Dotcom should have given attention to before dropping their “bombshells” during the election campaign?

In Chapter One Hager quotes National Party strategist, Simon Lusk, on negative campaigning:

“There are a few basic propositions with negative campaigning that are worth knowing about. It lowers turnout, favours right more than left as the right continue to turn out, and drives away the independents. Voting then becomes more partisan.”

So, they accuse Key of being clean by working through ‘attack blogs’ and not getting any mud on him.  They think this is a good idea, and use an ‘attack author’.  But there is a huge difference.

This blog never pretends to be anything other than what it is.  People do not feel cheated or lied to by coming here.

Not so with Hager and his sycophants.  The claim of independence and balanced journalism was so absurd, nobody believed it from the start.  Had Hager been smart enough to add a few chapters on the left as well, he may have had more credibility.  Surely they had some old and dirty washing they would like to launder at the same time?    

In the mean time, Labour is acting all surprised, and the “Vote Positive” just a happy coincidence.  No matter that it didn’t make sense until the book came out.  Then everyone was like “aaaaaaaaaah, ok”.

Amusingly, Dirty Politics contains enough information to actually understand how to handle the 2nd and 3rd tier political processes, but they were too busy “exposing” it to realise they should actually be following them as excellent advice.

Dirty Politics‘ allegations of smear tactics by senior National officials, Judith Collins’ resignation as Justice Minister, and Glenn Greenwald’s claims that John Key has lied about mass surveillance in New Zealand did not have a discernible effect on the Nationals’ election results.However, the Labour Party slumped to a new low and the minor parties failed to deliver.

Winston Peters did not win his bid for kingmaker, Internet-Mana and the Conservatives won no seats and even Hone Harawira was edged out in Te Tai Tokerau. The Greens also failed to grow support.

All politics is dirty.  The book should just have been named “Politics”.  The media were willfully blind by “exposing” Whaleoil as the seat of all evil while not telling their readers and viewers what was going on at The Standard and The Daily Blog at the same time.   I’m actually independent, they are blatantly funded and supported directly by political parties.

The thing is, people saw around it.  The more that the spin came in, the more absurd the claims by the Gowers of the world, the more they were being convinced that people on TV, radio and in the papers had their own agenda, and it didn’t resonate with them.

The left have now notched up three losses, the last bigger than the others, by trying to prove to New Zealand that John Key is the root of all evil while at the same time staring at a public approval rating  of anywhere between 60 and 90% (depending on the source).

If history is anything to go by, their next campaign will be based on showing New Zealanders that John Key is a fake and is actually quite nasty.

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