Nine plus stories as Herald loses their shit over Jacinda’s baby

You’d think it was the immaculate conception the way the media are carrying on. The NZ Herald went all in and as at 3 pm yesterday had published no less than nine stories about Jacinda Ardern.

They went from just publishing the facts to outright ridiculous.

None more ridiculous than Audrey Young:   

Jacinda Ardern is making history again, with ease.

As if going from Labour leader to Prime Minister in less than three months wasn’t enough, she is going to give birth in June, the first for a New Zealand Prime Minister.

From her statement, it was clearly unplanned.

The timing is interesting. The 37-year-old found out she was pregnant a week during the intensity of coalition negotiations, and a full week before New Zealand First Winston Peters announced she would be Prime Minister.

There may be people – Mark Richardson perhaps – who believe Ardern should have declared her pregnancy before she took up the PM’s post. But there is no strong argument for it.

She certainly made it clear before the election that she had hopes of being a mother – and there was no suggestion that she was going to postpone simply because she had taken a leadership role in Labour.

She told Peters about the pregnancy only yesterday and he will step into her place as Acting Prime Minister for six weeks.

Only told Winston about the pregnancy yesterday? Cough, cough, bullshit. Funny how I knew about it last year.

As for making history…oh come on, it’s not like having a baby in public office is new, or even remarkable these days. Plenty of women have had babies while working. What is the big deal?

The gushing is appalling.

What is so new and wondrous about the headline “Woman decides to have a baby and keep on working” because that is precisely what it is. It is almost like we are back in the 1960s when working mums were still a revelation.

Still, good opportunity to roll Bill English while the media are distracted.


-NZ Herald


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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.

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