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.