Written By: - Date published: 12:15 pm, May 5th, 2008 - 7 comments
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Wat Tyler at KBB has an interesting comment on Agenda’s dreadful panel discussion yesterday:

Agenda on Sunday was awful. The panelists didn’t want to listen to the people they were interviewing (both Russell Norman and David Parker did very well) and had their own agendas to pursue. Jenni McManus was a disgrace. Argumentative and rude, she talked over answers and other questions, and spent half the time making her own speeches as self-appointed representative of the oppressed upper-middle class.

McManus’ behaviour really was disgraceful. She wouldn’t even let Russell Norman finish a sentence (Parker handled her better) and seemed to be doing her best to disrupt the discussion at every turn with her barracking style and overt political agenda. Even Trotter, though better behaved, seemed more interested in the sound of his own voice than engaging with the interviewees.

Wat’s right – Agenda is supposed to be New Zealand’s premiere political interview show. They can do a lot better than this.

7 comments on “Agenda”

  1. randal 1

    Hey Tane…these people have been appointed, shoulder tapped, selected to be rude and aggressive. basically they are manques who have been singled out at journalism school for just those very qualities. they have never done anything else in their lives except pat themselves on the back for their good luck and being gross consumers of anything they can get their grubby little hands on AND NOW THEY BELEIVE IT IS THEIRS BY RIGHT! whats even worse is they are going to hang around for another twenty ears at the minimum.

  2. Tane 2

    I don’t have an issue with journalists in general, they’re largely decent people. I do have an issue with McManus’ behaviour on Sunday.

  3. Aj 3

    I liked the part when Parker wouldn’t anwser McManus as she just blurted and didn’t ask any question . . the long silence was golden until Parker pointed this out . .

  4. lprent 4

    Tane: You appear to have left the two bottom images of the post behind on your system. Should I remove them?

  5. Tane 5

    Hi Lynn, which images are these? Flick me an email.

  6. big bruv 6

    Any chance you guys are going to post something about the Philip Field proceedings?

    Remember him?, he was a Labour party MP, the same MP that Clark said was only guilty of helping people.

  7. randal 7

    was he on agenda with mcanus and them ‘all we jes been discussin”

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