It’s the one week anniversary of Bomber Bradbury’s appearance on RNZ’s the Panel, and his subsequent shameful banning from same. Bomber’s “crime” was to bombastically criticise Key’s behaviour in the throat slitting incident (video) and his dodgy free 1 hour self promotion session on RadioLIVE. At the time I pondered:
The media was up in arms this week about Lockwood Smith’s over reaction to The Herald’s breach of rules in Parliament. I wonder if there will be a similar hue and cry when a Leftie is banned for criticising the PM.
Well the verdict is in, and the answer is, of course, no. The incident got obscure mentions on the 3News site and Stuff. Nat blogger and ex free speech champion DPF blathered apologetically for RNZ. (Update: Some mixed comments from Andrew Geddis here.) The only serious coverage was from Brian Edwards and Gordon Campbell:
Ultimately, Bradbury has been made to pay the price not only for RNZ’s forelock-tugging deference to its political paymasters – but also for Mora’s failure to defuse the situation at the time by offering even the semblance of a substantive response to the issues Bradbury had been raising. (‘I didn’t see it, lets talk about cats’ is not really cutting it.)
Finally, one of the most interesting things about the Bradbury affair is that no-one has rebutted his interpretation of Key’s contemptible actions. The mainstream media has instead tiptoed carefully around Key’s comments and throat-slitting action (largely, by ignoring them) or has tried to blur its meaning with a ‘both sides at fault’ response… eg Mora’s comment “There was certainly a lot of acrimony across Parliament when that happened.” This conveniently fails to address the fact that the acrimony was triggered by Key’s words and actions.
So while we ordinary folk registered our protests via the RNZ Facebook page and email to RNZ (links in Sprout’s post here), the usual media commentators were conspicuous for their silence. Shameful.