The spun praising the spinner

Written By: - Date published: 9:58 am, April 4th, 2009 - 6 comments
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Falling for a politician’s tricks – that’s gullibility

Seeing those tricks for what they are – that’s nous

Seeing them for what they are but falling for them anyway and praising the politician – what’s that?

colin espiner  1 April – …the PM was overjoyed by the success of the Twitter story. It may have boomeranged, but not before David Cunliffe made a right, er, twit of himself taking repeated points of order to deny he’d ever twittered, or even tweeted for that matter. By the time MPs had dried their eyes, they’d completely forgotten about Labour’s attack on the tax cuts, which was what the original issue had been about. For the rest of Question Time, MPs tweet-tweeted whenever Cunliffe got to his feet (including a few from his own side). A classic diversionary tactic, and very successful.

What are we to expect though? Espiner was the first to repeat Key’s ‘block of cheese tax cuts’ line and he didn’t say a thing when Key’s tax cuts didn’t even deliver a crumb for most New Zealanders.

6 comments on “The spun praising the spinner”

  1. DeeDub 1

    Wrong link, Eddie.

  2. George Darroch 2

    Aw you guys are too serious. Get a grip.

    Parliament isn’t about people making decisions that affect our lives, it’s about ‘the game’. National Party MPs acting like 8 year old schoolboys (tweet, tweet!) is far more interesting than talking about the substance of tax-cuts.

  3. Irascible 3

    What does one expect of a trade that survives on handouts from PR hacks rather than think and analyse or report accurately. The face of NZ journalism is only mirror deep.

  4. BLiP 4

    Sheer indolence – a hundred or so words bashed out for lack of anything throughtful to say. I doubt C Espiner even got the real joke. His piece is most likely the near verbatim repeating of a Crosby/Textor line planted during an apparently innocuous exchange with a National Party drone who popped into the Gallery after the event. It reeks of the smarmy PR trolls creeping around the lobbies twisting truth.

    Very clever, though, managing to get an MSM journo to present John Key’s goof up as a success. Well, either very clever or C Espiner is as thick as pig shit.

  5. Mike 5

    Scott Campbell on 3News did the same thing summing up the story as “Labour can’t take a joke” when I thought the story was “John Key believes everything his staff reads on the internet for him”.

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