A rare moment of media honesty and genuine insight

The opinion pieces about Labour, the election, Kim Dotcom, Dirty politics, and the Labour leadership are coming thick and fast. ?The leaks are like a geothermal field full of geysers and the usual crew are trying to set the scenes for their own teams.

Have we ever seen a more stunning election result? Watching the campaign it was hard to believe the attack on the character of John Key would have no effect.

Even when polls showed the public unmoved by the hatchet book and the news frenzy that followed, it seemed hardly possible that none of the muck would stick.

Until people work out why it didn’t work, they will continue to get it wrong. ? And I’m not going to help them. ?I know there are screeds ?of politicians, their henchmen and media that don’t understand why a month of negative about Key, Whaleoil and myself has actually resulted in a better result for Key, and an absolute strengthening of ?my position.

The fact they don’t understand this means they don’t understand much at all. ?

People who don’t read carefully could have assumed the worst. At the very least, we could have seen a low turn-out. But it wasn’t so bad. More eligible voters went to a polling booth this time than last.

When the country speaks its common sense can be profound. It wasn’t just the endorsement of a good and decent man, the election result made nonsense of the conventional political wisdom that a single party cannot win an MMP majority.

It also delivered a decisive verdict on Dotcom and those who took his money.

It decided, narrowly, not to put child-smacking conservatism in Parliament. Best of all, it denied Winston Peters another chance to play his old game.

If this was the ending to a political novel it would be criticised as too good to be true. All the villains have been vanquished.

The country has not seen an election campaign quite like it before.

It was the Perfect Storm. ?Except the people that unleashed it, the likes of Dotcom and Wrongly Wrongson aka Martyn Martin Bradbury, as well as selected people in the left blogs and political parties didn’t realise that they overegged the pudding. ? There was such a large gap between what was said and what people can see for themselves, they turned off to the hateful messages.

People don’t like being manipulated when they ?know they are being manipulated.

When media become an echo chamber for the coverage of their chosen story, people sense it.

Nor are most people easily duped. The great mistake of the left is to insult people’s intelligence, as Nicky Hager did again after the election. “What we saw in the results was National won, Labour was pretty discredited and piles of people didn’t vote – that’s what my book was about,” he told the Herald. “It shows their tricks and smears and the systematic abuse of power I wrote about has a damaging effect.” That is how Hager works. He constructs a narrative in which he cannot be wrong. The book contended that Key deliberately and systematically uses right-wing blogs to damage opponents. The fact that Hager had little hard evidence of it was put forward as proof of how devious Key is.

There are in the few media who have the intellectual honesty to set aside what they?wanted to happen and actually write about it honestly, ?like John Roughan has done here.

National and Whaleoil won because the left don’t respect New Zealanders. ?They alone know what’s best for you.


– NZ Herald