Trevett, Watkins, simultaneously jump shark

Written By: - Date published: 9:41 am, July 10th, 2009 - 13 comments
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Yesterday Eddie pleaded for some real reporting from the journos accompanying Key on his tour of the Pacific.

Just a day later they confirm that, yes, that is indeed too much to ask for.

Claire Trevett and Tracy Watkins have simultaneously jumped the shark – both running stories on John Key dancing at a reception in Niue.

Trevett goes with the Famous-Fivey sounding “Busloads of fun for NZ tour party” while Watkins has opted for the more Jacksonesque “Blame the boogie on the sunshine“.

Mark it in your diaries – July 10 2009 – the day political reporting in NZ died.

13 comments on “Trevett, Watkins, simultaneously jump shark”

  1. Pixie 1

    It’s a rare occasion on which I am more embarrassed of this country’s media than the National Government. Today’s one of those occasions.

  2. lukas 2

    Oh yeah, I forgot that Labour never ever got puff pieces written about them during their nine years of power. They had no cheerleaders in the media and every journalist and media outlet was out to get them.

    Both the left and the right need to get over themselves on their perception that the media only favors the other side.

    Childish at best.

    • gobsmacked 2.1

      What do you think of the reporting, Lukas?

      Read AYB’s post again. He doesn’t say “biased”. He says (paraphrase) “a joke”.

      I’d rather read a biased right-wing journo telling us a flat tax is the answer and we should all learn to love nukes. At least they would be political reporters writing about politics. Is that too much to ask?

  3. Adrian 3

    Not a word about Key calling Pacific states”children”, as reported by Michael Field on Nine to Noon this morning.

    • Anita 3.1

      The video is linked from Red Alert. I think saying he called them children is overstating it somewhat.

    • Maynard J 3.2

      Adrian, someone else heard something else

      Perhaps commenting on “Nine to Noon” at 10:19 is a bit hasty 😉

      It is in the first couple of minutes.Here

      Says that he clearly has not been briefed as NZ colonial administrators used to use that expression: “Do not use the word child when talking about independent Soverign States in the Pacific.”

  4. NZTony 4

    Keys,
    Yeah man you da man. man.

    Here’s an idea a cycle way around by arse, and 2 day working year will keep the economy going.. Opps smile.

    Oh media, thanks for you numbing of my brain and the medicating of my bread, I am now happy in this country of “—– Hi jack, barrrr ”

    [lprent: Hi ‘tony’. You still haven’t convinced me that you are more than a troll. This doesn’t help (nor did the other two copies under different names). Are you trying to pick up a reputation as being pathetic? ]

    • felix 4.1

      Tony’s blog makes for a far more interesting read than anything from Watkins or Trevett.

      In it he reveals that he’s pissed off that he didn’t get the tax cuts he was led to expect, and that ACT and the Libertarianz are the only decent pollies left. Fascinating stuff.

  5. StephenR 5

    Writing a puff piece does not mean they’re done as serious journalists.

    • Anita 5.1

      I guess it depends on whether the puff piece is instead of or as well as serious journalism.

    • gobsmacked 5.2

      Stephen R

      Feel free to link to the serious journalism on Key’s Pacific tour, by these political reporters.

  6. George D 6

    C’mon guys, lighten up and get on the party bus! Woo hoo! Scull scull scull scull!

    WV:meanss – youse are all meanss!

  7. StephenR 7

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/2580797/Key-laughs-off-Niue-aid-swipe ?

    Not planning on doing a full content analysis, but that’s a serious’un. I would certainly expect a bit more of the serious stuff when it comes to summarising the trip.

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