Paul Casserly’s 2014 TV moment of the year

Wading through all the obvious, including Geoffrey buying the farm on GoT, he declares the winner:

Clearly, Pam Corkery’s “Puffed up little shit” outburst was the TV moment of the year. Corkery has long been one of our most colourful broadcasters, so her transition to press secretary for the Internet-Mana Party raised eyebrows rather than expectations.

The party’s election launch should have been a PR opportunity but it became a farce with Dotcom running from the event and Corkery blowing her top.

Her rage at the assembled journalists lit up the screens of the nation.

It was poacher, turned gamekeeper, going thermo-nuclear, or some combination of those elements. It was also timed perfectly for the 6 o’clock news. TV3’s Brook Sabin was the ‘shit’ in question. The other journalists were given a parting “when will you glove puppets of Cameron Slater just piss off?”

It was also the win-win situation of the year. For those who share the view that journalists are getting too full of themselves – and there are many in that cohort – this was the moment of truth.

Apparently people still come up to Pam everyday and say “Good on you” for her dressing down of the PULS and GPOCS, but her spectacular tanty was also a gift for journalists, for the National Party, and especially for TV3, who ran the moment at least a dozen times, even leaving the word “shit” un-beeped, unlike TVNZ.

But all media relished the gift that Pam provided and milked it like a Guernsey. Perhaps the best summary of the event was from Corkery’s own daughter, who saw the clip online and said to her mother, “Dear God, you crazy woman, you’re not in an episode of Veep.”



One of the huge side benefits of this election is that Corkery also left Newstalk ZB.  Lots of New Zealanders are better off for it.


– NZ Herald


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  • Justsayn

    A good point you make about the improvement in ZB’s list of hosts.

    To say that every cloud has a silver lining would be to overlook the fact that the particular cloud that descended over the election campaign, like a some super cell over Kansas, turned out to be nothing but silver linings… it helped National, it buried Hone and Harre, it popped the Dotcom ego bubble, it even helped this site.

    I rate Dotcom’s entry into politics as a marvelous success. If he is still here, he should continue the good work and offer to lead NZ First into the 2017 election.

  • dumbshit

    if you ever doubt the ravages of cigarette smoking, look no further!

  • ozbob68

    If KDC was not a candidate and did not want to be the focus of the meeting, then why oh why did he grab a microphone and start gobbing off? All he proved was that it was never about the political ideology and only about him.

    • Billythekid

      A million up votes to you.

  • Bruce S

    Poor thing looks like she needs a lie down. I hear Lenny has a couch.

  • Grocersgirl

    Poor tragic woman.

  • Curly1952

    Agree fully with your last sentence. She is nothing but foul mouthed and her vitriol on the radio was shocking. She was on with a guy called Tim Roxborogh and he thought KDC was a wonderful guy.- Go figure!!

  • LisaGinNZ

    Thrilled I won’t have to ever hear her gravely blather on NewsTalkZB any more. Thanks for that!

  • Jas

    Is this dude on a retainer from John Campbell as lot of his articles are bit sycophantic towards Campell Live.

  • peterwn

    Not a patch on ‘Zip it, sweetie’ however, although that was only on Parliament TV.

  • Kiwibabe

    Pam said on radio when Labour was in and Nats struggling; “it must be hard to be a National supporter now.”
    Well, the worm turned long ago which is perhaps why she is more agro than usual.