Prime Minister of New Zealand

Dirty Politics cartoons without Whaleoil or Cameron Slater

Believe it or not this year there were some cartoonists who managed to draw political cartoons about Dirty Politics without including a reference to Whaleoil or Cameron Slater. Their main target was our Prime Minister John Key. He didn’t get as many cartoons about him as Cameron and Whaleoil but he still did pretty well considering that he is important enough to have access to Cameron’s phone number and texts Cameron sometimes ( although Cameron is not pro-active about texting him back and often just replies to be polite )

When asked by the Mainstream Media whether or not he thought it was wise for him to engage with the Prime Minister, Cameron replied that John Key is the leader of the National Party and he gives out his contact details to all Political leaders and Politicians not just John Key. Some may not like John Key but he is recognised as the Prime Minister of New Zealand and therefore deserves the courtesy of access to New Zealand’s number one award winning blogger and journalist.

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Helen Clark to do a Reddit “AMA” early Tuesday

via: Reddit

via: Reddit

A celebrity “AMA” is an Ask Me Anything session run on the Reddit Web site. ?The idea is that people of note, celebrities if you will, come along and the people can ask that person any question directly. ?There is no filtering, there is no PR person doing the answering on behalf of him/her, and so on.

It started out when people on Reddit (Redditors) would ask each other anything, and this still happens every day: “IAMA a prison guard in a maximum security prison, AMA”. ?(IAMA = I am a). ?Or “IAMA 15 year old male with Aspergers Syndrome AMA”. And so on.

After some time, the odd celebrity would pop in, and this proved a lot of fun. ?These days, it’s part of the PR circuit to publicise a book, movie, or cause du jour. ?Having lost its purity, the AMA is still attractive because many times the ‘celeb’ really does sit there and answer the questions of ?anyone.

The attraction of a crowd having direct access to the person being interviewed is what continues to make the Reddit AMA a very popular event to participate in. ?Recent high profile AMAs included Barack Obama and Bill Gates.

Which brings us to Helen Clark. ? Read more »