Our media is infantile and embarrassing

Another “political” journalist has a go at John Key being seen in a “dressing gown”

Breaking news: We are waiting in the Peninsula for Key to arrive at the 7am stand-up when Sky News’ New Zealand correspondent tells us she and other Aussies came across Key barefoot, in his dressing gown in the hotel lobby on Wednesday night.

(Mate, you’re jokin?) She is serious and starts quoting pieces that Aussie journos have written about it.

Turns out Key had recognised his new best mates from the previous night’s encounter at the bar and they got chatting about politics, as you do in your dressing gown in the lobby, and about how Turnbull was doing.

Key’s verdict on Turnbull is that he is “a bolter”, which in Melbourne Cup terms means a damned good thoroughbred who will last the distance – for up to 10 years as Prime Minister, Key reckons.

It is a relief to the Kiwi journos to learn he was not wearing pyjamas under his robe but togs – he was returning from a swim in the pool and didn’t realise there was a more discreet way back to his room.

Key is asked at the stand-up if he is aware a world leader had been spotted in his dressing gown in a hotel lobby. He quips it would not have been a world leader.
“Possibly a junior world leader.”

He’s rightly mocking them too.

Hotels provide bath robes.  They’re not dressing gowns.   The man went for a swim for Pete’s sake.  And Aussie and New Zealand media are not only giggling and gossiping, they think this is worth reporting on.

Inadvertently, they do report that Key is relaxed, himself and making more and more friends all over the world.  He’s happy enough to wander about and have informal catch-ups with people.

He may just be padding out his CV for post-Key-National, but he remains a natural, and the fact Labour and the media think this is a source of national embarrassment worthy of reporting on shows how deeply they misunderstand him.  Still.  After all this time.

via 2020

via 2020


– Audrey Young, NZ Herald

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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.  And 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 that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.