Well it turns out my niece has been having fun and done an effective google bomb on John Key. I’ve just been watching her TV3 clip when I wrote this post. Rochelle shows her experience with the media in expressing her opinion. This is something that belongs in the Tips on campaigning.
I’ve had something to do with enhancing her programming skills, but very little to do with her skills at activism. Those have been honed since she started campaigning on animal rights when she was about fourteen.
It appears that the Herald On Sunday reporter didn’t listen closely enough to what Rochelle said – that she is not currently affiliated to any political party. This has always been the case, her primary focus has always been on animal welfare. Her main focus as a member in the Labour Party was to put forward remits on animal welfare legislation. She has also promoted animal rights with other parties as well. Over the last few years her rapidly changing career and life has been limiting her degree of activism in most areas including labour, greens, other activist groups, and even in animal rights. But apparently not entirely.
I see that the updated article in the Herald on Sunday now correctly states that she is not currently affiliated to any party. The crucial dropping of a single word in the article was pretty poor editing. Rochelle is not exactly invisible on the net either, if any confirmation was required. This is what happens when media organizations shed too many staff and the quality of the media reporting suffers through lack of fact checking.
An astonished uncle.
Update: NZ Herald article today. Looks like John Key has been whining – face it John – you got done by a 22 year-old with a brain.
BTW: David Farrar did a post about Rochelle yesterday. The comment section was a bit turgid with conspiracy theories, but the post was amusing and fair and heavily updated, thanks…
I also found it amusing that that they are trying to suggest with their Google bombing that John Key is clueless. The bombing works better if it is an attribute that many people will agree with. They should have gone with ‘swallowing dead rats’ or something.
That I can explain having done some reading today. It either takes a lot of time with few people to setup a google-bomb or it takes a lot of people a short time. It looks like Rochelle took the former course
Most of the phrases you’d now consider to be relevant weren’t current even at the end of last year. At that time John Key was an enigma to most people, and probably still is. About the only thing that was known about John Key at the time was that he made policy and speech gaffes regularly (and still does). Who can forget his claim to be leading the Labour party… That was quite clueless.
However there is nothing like a long hard election campaign to shine a bright light on leaders. It is going to be a long 8 weeks. Lots of time for the voters get to know him better and to figure out if he is politically clueless or not, despite the usual Crosby/Textor techniques to avoid it.