Red Tracy and Media party self importance

The Media party would have you believe that writing one story of about 450 words per day is onerous work…even harder when they are “on the run”.

But there may be an element of the old adage about idle hands making mischief as well; stories filed on the run mean there’s less scope for the news agenda to suddenly blow out of their control.

All of which is why Frank Bainimarama’s explosive speech hitting out at criticism of his administration very nearly didn’t get covered by New Zealand media at all.

Really? Could have fooled me, there were stories posted on all media site within 230 minutes of Frank Bainimarama’s hard hitting speech…so her claims of not covering it at all are somewhat specious. Plus moaning about an arduous flight on an Air Force C-130…spare me.

So when the state banquet happened after a long day in the Air Force Hercules, an official welcome and traditional sevusevu ceremony followed by a standup with the PM, the travelling media party were feeling the pressure of too much information and too little time, with a growing list of stories to update and file.

Really? Feeling the pressure. Oh the poor dears. what a bunch of precious prima donnas.  

 A quick canvass suggested some of us were mulling over whether to flag the speech making and head back to base to do some work.”

Really? They wouldn’t know work if it bit them on their ever widening arses.

 That is, until a wise head from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade gently reminded us it may be one of the few opportunities to hear Bainimarama speak during Prime Minister John Key’s 24-hour trip.”

Really? Any fool would have known that. Or did the Media party arrogantly think they could door step the Fiji PM like the do to NZ politicians?

 Bainimarama was playing to a domestic audience but it’s likely many in his own Cabinet were embarrassed by his speech.

Really? I doubt that. I was getting emails, texts and phone calls almost immediately after the speech from my contacts in Fiji, including cabinet ministers, who were ecstatic that Frank had manned up and kicked the Media in the slats.

Now for some home truths for Red Tracy.

First, the state banquet did NOT just happen – it would have been planned weeks in advance. Secondly, it was at the Grand Pacific Hotel and the food there is delicious. Thirdly, whose Foreign Affairs wise head was it? Fourthly, no well trained professional journalist would ever miss the opportunity to witness the speech that has been 10 years in the making to go back to base to do some work. What work? Maybe like writing about the toilets at the Grand Pacific Hotel compared to the toilet in the Air Force Hercules? Fifthly, going on Red Tracy’s twittering that night she is not being at all truthful. She was annoyed that her phone was going flat just before John Key’s response – she hated that happening. Sixthly, the way the NZ Media Party have been carrying on this week I reckon it was them that Frank playing to! And WHO exactly in Frank Bainimarama’s cabinet were embarrassed by the speech? Did Tracy Watkins talk to the Cabinet members? “Likely” is a mischief making word. Such a silly thing for a supposedly reputable journalist to say.

And finally – the last statement in Tracy Watkins’ opinion and the excerpts above prove what a biased ill informed lot some of the journalists who went to Fiji are.

In refusing to let Key leave with any diplomatic wins, however, Bainimarama has made it unlikely there will be a return visit to the Island nation any time soon.


Has John Key told Tracey Watkins that he won’t go back or is she telling him what to do?

Perhaps if the Media wrote about actual happenings instead of moaning about how hard their life is we might, just might, respect them…somehow I doubt it though, it is all about them and not anyone or anything else.



RAW: Tracy Watkins Twitter stream


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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.

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