There are unwise acts, and disturbed individuals, on both sides of the political spectrum. One particularly dishonest form of attack politics is to take low level examples (from the politics that you oppose), and blow them up in to some kind of fantasy narrative about them representing a political party, a “nasty” party by implication. The gutter Right wing blogs do this endlessly. It’s tiresome.
If I was to play the same game, think what fun I could have with National Party supporter Michael Laws right now:
Laws still off air after gun comment
Controversial radio host Michael Laws is off air for a second straight day after telling listeners he would shoot journalists if he had a gun.
At the height of the “tea gate” scandal last week, Laws used his Radio Live morning show to blast the Herald on Sunday for its role in the “tea gate” scandal.
He said: “If I had a gun I’d shoot them – put them out of their misery – because they have gone rabid and they may infect others.”
That was followed by a segment questioning why listeners had not already carried out the shooting.
“Have you noticed … the Herald on Sunday for example, which is rabid all the time … no idea why somebody hasn’t taken the shotgun there and just cleaned out the entire newsroom.” …
Typical Nat supporter, evidence of a nasty party? No, just a disturbed individual who should never, ever be allowed on the air again (shame on any media that has him back). Compare and contrast with how the right wing blogs cover this kind of thing. Wouldn’t it be nice to take the trash – all sorts of trash – out of political commentary?