The decision of TVNZ’s CloseUp to pay to assist Tame Iti to travel to Waitangi this year was the focus of Media Watch this morning. Ever ready to offer an opinion the PM stepped in with her view that:
“I think it is a waste of public money.” (Dom Post, 7 Feb 2008)
And the Dominion Post also raised criticism, saying:
“No amount of huffing and puffing from the state broadcaster will obscure the fact that it has been caught trying to manufacture sensation.” (8 Feb 2008)
But what i find interesting is the suggestion that, as Tracey Watkins suggests in her blog, will Key regret those cosy and comfortable images in the future?
Tracey Watkins: “What message does a picture of a hongi between himself and a man facing arms act charges project to the nation? Imagine the controversy if Clark had shown Iti similar warmth.” (7 Feb 2008)
And imagine the reaction to TVNZ’s generosity should Clark have attended and been snapped in a similar pose! The cries of political interference would be deafening!