I just have to say, it’s incredibly disappointing that a simple prank, a google bomb, gets three newspaper articles and coverage on TV3 and when talkback radio suggests The Standard was tipped off on the election date that is an issue worth following up with the PM.
But when John Key is quoted in a newspaper saying “we would love to see wages drop” we don’t have a single article on TV or in a major paper directly on point and only a few mentions from columnists dismissing the quote with whichever ridiculous excuse John Key’s spin doctors were giving them that day.
Not a single article in a major newspaper saying ‘The Bay Report quoted John Key as saying ‘we would love to see wages drop’. Key responded ‘I was talking about Australian wages or, if you don’t buy that one, I was misquoted, or I was joking’.
Not a single stand up on TV with Key being asked about the quote, then, once he denied it, being asked how he would increase wages.
Not one reporter going back to Key after National’s Work Rights policy was released and saying ‘hey, these policies will make wages drop, doesn’t that conform with that quote that your spin doctors told us was all wrong?’
On a similar note, on Sunrise this morning the hosts and their guests were discussing the election and everyone burst into laughter when someone made a joke about Key’s rubbish being rifled through. No-one believes that it really happened but no-one takes it the logical step further: National made the whole thing up; John Key knowingly lied to the New Zealand public. But will he ever get taken to task over that?