Posts by Tinakori

  • Hard News: Interview: Glenn Greenwald, in reply to Not The Messiah,

    "Agendas seem more and more apparent with possible exception on TV anyway of John Campbell."

    Even John Campbell would dispute that assertion. In fact I suspect he would be insulted by it.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2013 • 33 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: Sign this Petition, in reply to tussock,

    "but for the most part and certainly today and in the near future: being clean, open, and honest, playing the ball and not the player, is a left wing idea for government."

    You must have had no contact with the Labour Governments between 1999-2008 to believe that. Think of Trevor Mallard's heavying of a low level contractor in favour of a future Labour MP, Jim Anderton's veto of the appointment of a comms person in the Ministry of Agriculture because they lived with John Key's press sec and Phil Goff's unilateral release of what was supposed to be a confidential conversation between the leader of the Opposition and a US Sec of State or Dep Sec of State. Then there is the ample evidence supplied by journalists of Helen Clark's leaking of information on a Police commissioner. Or the honey trap for Richard Worth. Then there was the left wing attack blog, the Standard many of whose authors were employed in the Beehive. Those are just the obvious ones. All power to those who attack political trickery but it is more credible when they do so without wearing a political eyepatch.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2013 • 33 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: Sign this Petition, in reply to Sacha,

    It not only sees that possibility it admires the strategy as a commercial strategy but strategies can also have multiple, complementary and reinforcing objectives.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2013 • 33 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: Sign this Petition, in reply to Hebe,

    You seem to have got the wrong end of the stick. Hilary was quoting Nicky Hager reassuring people the book would not affect the election result but would have a long term impact. Quite clearly its timing was intended to affect the election result but the impact appears to have been an unintended one of strengthening the Conservatives and NZ First and reducing the oxygen available for the left and Labour in particular. Flattered as I am to be seen as part of the vast right wing conspiracy my comment was simply pointing out that Nicky Hager was engaging in some post hoc rationalisation on the impact of his unguided missile.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2013 • 33 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: Sign this Petition, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    Surely the timing of the release of Nicky Hager's book at the beginning of the election campaign means it was intended to affect the election? He can't expect us to believe otherwise. Or is he spinning and trying to step back from what appears to be the main impact - increasing votes for Winston Peters and Colin Craig and further weakness in the Labour vote? His rhetorical gymnastics and holier than thou stance are starting to remind me of the master - Winston Himself

    Wellington • Since Jul 2013 • 33 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: UPDATED: Media Take: Election…,

    That young girl did nothing to deserve this, she never stood for office or made herself part of the NZ political conversation/landscape.

    Why, would it be any better or acceptable if they had stood for office or been part of the political landscape? The tendency to demonise your political opponents is supremely silly and indulged in way too much by people of all political hues.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2013 • 33 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Didn't see that coming, in reply to Sacha,

    TV news of whatever ilk almost always go to events with the story mostly written. It is the job of the event or interviewee to fill in the blanks. It's usually too expensive to send crews out on spec.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2013 • 33 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Not doing justice, in reply to Paul Campbell,

    The few shots relate, I understand, to the Harawiras' admirable campaign against P in the region.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2013 • 33 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Not doing justice,

    I bet he married a Maori princess too

    Wellington • Since Jul 2013 • 33 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The silence of the public square,

    "My only problem with those parties is that they were originally pitched as general get-out-the-vote events, but wound up very much as Internet Party campaign things."

    So, if a party crowd like that was being incited to say the same sort of things about a Labour leader or the previous Labour PM, Helen Clark, you'd be quite ok with that too, just exuberant youth having a good old right wing time?

    Wellington • Since Jul 2013 • 33 posts Report Reply

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