His policies (such that they are) aren’t working, his government is now being questioned, his economy is stuck in the doldrums, so naturally Key is looking for someone to blame:
Key: Media ‘aggressive and hostile’ toward Govt
Mr Key on Newstalk ZB this morning responded to a query that he seemed “over it” and lacked the passion of his first term. He told listeners that the media are in a “more aggressive and hostile mood” toward him and his Government.
“I’m not that bent out of shape about it, I expected that,” he says. “Pressure comes more on Governments because the media become more antagonistic. I don’t mean it as a complaint, I’m not moaning about it, it’s just a statement of fact.” …
Mr Key also took aim at the tabloidisation of the New Zealand Herald and how its new editorial arrangement had an effect on political news. “The Herald has turned more tabloid and they won’t like that I’m saying that, but it’s absolutely statement of fact.
No, The Herald didn’t like it one bit: “Herald editor-in-chief Tim Murphy, via Twitter, dismissed Mr Key’s comments as “a 2nd term thing”.
Many pundits link the mood change in the media to Key’s attack on various outlets over the teapot tape, and his subsequent hounding of reporter Bradley Ambrose. Maybe that is the case, but if so “the media” need to ask themselves why they didn’t react to Key’s similar attack on the Bay Report and Greg Robertson (the journalist in the middle of the “love to see wages drop” story).
Better late than never I guess. But just imagine if the 4th estate had woken up in 2008 – we might have been spared a second term of this abominable government.