Why is it that the right are so much more litigious than the left? The recent example of Crosby Textor threatening legal action over JafaPete’s minor inaccuracy on his blog is just the latest bit of overkill. For those of you who don’t know the background to it, JafaPete put up a post stating
Crosby Textor Crosby had been successfully sued for push polling in Australia when if fact it was Mark Textor as an individual. No big deal? Well apparently a big enough deal to require a polite but firm letter from the firm’s lawyers and a published apology from JP.
And it seems they’ve done the same thing to the NBR. Which I guess shows that they are non-partisan in their litigiousness at least.
The stifling of dissent is of course straight out of the CT handbook and is just a variation on the same theme that brought us the ridiculing of Hager as a “conspiracy theorist” or a “thief”. Neither of which they have any proof of (nor have they produced one skerrick of proof that his evidence is wrong).
Similar threats were leveled against us for using John Key’s image for satirical purposes last year and who could forget the attacks on Greg Robertson, the journalist who quoted Key saying “we would love to see wages drop” or the attempts to bully Barry Soper out of quoting Bill English and Kate Wilkinson?
The irony of this is that despite all these attempts to bully and defame their critics the right are now crying “personal attack” over the questioning of their policies and their leader’s credibility.
I’m thinking their strategy is hypocrisy as crop-circle: so big you can’t recognise it from the ground.