The power of the market in politics

Laura McQuillan remarks on Dirty Politics.

Why’s everyone so angry this election? Is it Labour’s woeful poll results? Is it consternation that your hypothetical block of cheese from National is still three years away?

What seemingly began with an angry man and his blogger mates writing expletive-laden emails is spiralling out of control. Now, it appears everyone from keyboard warriors to politicians (both legitimate and wannabe) is going feral. It’s the election of the angry email you hoped would never see the light of day.

That’s the lesson of Dirty Politics: While Whale Oil himself apparently has zero regrets, his mates are quietly self-flagellating in embarrassment about their knobbish behaviour being pasted online for all to see.

I have every right to be angry that the left has stooped to criminal activity to attack me and my mates. But I am not angry. Anger is too debilitating, it lets them win, and I refuse to let them win. The bottom line is that it isn’t an offence in NZ to be a knob, or rude, or offensive.

It is a crime however to hack and steal peoples emails.

The backlash from their communications being laid bare has sparked an online community of trolls never seen before in New Zealand. Anonymous Twitter accounts are popping up by the day, apparently for no purpose other than to attack political journalists’ integrity and accuse them of bias.

These trolls may have mastered social media, but they get a Not Achieved for their skills in the English language. The F-word does not for an intelligent political debate make. Journos are used to accusations of being “repeaters” and “churnalists” – those words usually levelled by Slater himself. But now, it’s web-based troglodytes accusing every journalist, no matter what the story, of spinning the National Party line. I guess that’s the result of getting your news from The Daily Blog?   

It’s the same intimidation tactic Slater himself has used in the past, in cahoots with Carrick Graham et al. The rabid anonymous lefties should take a moment to wipe the foam from their mouths and reflect on how they’re just like the blogger they hate so much – the only difference being people actually want to read what Whale Oil has to say.

The power of the market. Martyn Martin Bradbury is almost literally the sound of one hand clapping, the left blogs are the same.

Those lefties may be several degrees separated from Labour’s “Vote Positive” scheme, but others, like Selwyn candidate Gordon Dickson, should get a clue about their party slogan. This chap has brought Labour shame by writing to a press gallery journalist, repeatedly calling him “lazy” and telling him to “grow a pair” for refusing to ask a vague question of the prime minister, on his behalf. Unfortunately for Labour, it’s too late to cut Dickson, or anti-Semitic ranter Steve Gibson, loose before the election.

Now, another angry email is on the loose, and it’s Internet Mana left spinning. While Hone Harawira’s loyalists are thrilled to see him sticking it to the big man on weed policy, it’s revealed the rifts in the party run much deeper than Georgina Beyer’s beef with Dotcom.

You can bet your 2017 tax cut there are plenty more angry emails flying in all directions behind the scenes right now.

Yep, I wonder if Hager will get a hacker to go after someone else..maybe from the left now.

 

– NewstalkZB


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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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