The Labour Party is in a standoff with TVNZ over plans to use presenter Mike Hosking to moderate the live televised leaders’ debates.
The state broadcaster is refusing to budge, declaring: “Mike is our man.”
Leader David Cunliffe’s inner circle believes the Seven Sharp host is too close to National and has compiled a dossier of examples.
It includes Hosking dismissing Cunliffe as a “moron” – and his endorsement of Prime Minister John Key before a major political speech last year.
Hosking hosting these debates for TVNZ is a complete joke. They have at least three other hosts who can do this job so much better: Corin Dann, Susan Wood, Rachel Smalley. Pick any of them, TVNZ, not a guy who actually endorsed our of the debaters in a political speech.
Later in the article, Hosking says he criticises everyone, and gets accused of bias from all quarters. Meaning he must, in fact, be unbiased.
Well, then, let’s see just how robustly Hosking critises others. As a starter for 10, can somebody please find a passage where Hosking talks about John Key in terms similar to this:
Is David Cunliffe incompetent or mad? Is he out to lunch or out of touch? Is David Cunliffe deluded or living in a parallel universe?