@peace’s fantasy song about killing the PM is offensive. Maybe not as offensive as Eminem’s song where he describes in detail the fantasy beating, kidnapping and murder of his wife – and National still decided to use his music for their campaign ad – but still indefensible.
But how did @peace’s song from 2013 become topical news, to take the heat off the PM amidst Dirty Politics? How did we suddenly go: that poor nice man Mr Key, he doesn’t deserve it (which no-one does to be fair), look he has dirty stuff against him from the left too!
Of course @peace aren’t ‘the left’ and have no formal ties there (let alone being fed stuff from the leader’s office), but hey, we can spin things that way…
To answer my rhetorical question: A tweet from Cameron Slater (aka Whaleoil) of course.
Who found it for him? Was it on his ‘tipline’ (aka Judith Collins), or was it his normal sources of information who are currently hiding in dark rooms and have lots of time on their hands to trawl the internet for offensive material – Jason Ede (aka Whaleoil) or Simon Lusk (aka Whaleoil)?
With a nice implication that the song was funded by NZ On Air, it had a ready angle to be spun across naive newsrooms.
And the Taxpayers Union (aka Jordan Williams (aka Whaleoil)) were ready to push that line happily misreading it to insist that NZ On Air apologise for funding this offensive song. When NZ On Air refused to apologise on the grounds that they hadn’t funded it, the ‘Taxpayers Union’ pushed harder.
David Farrar pushed hard that the left was tied to them because they hadn’t denounced the song and the people behind it. And by the left I obviously don’t mean the politicians, because they did denounce it, just the blogs. And not Public Address who had denounced it, the political left blogs and oh dear, even they did…
But the question has to be: how did newsrooms still follow such a discredited source? Knowing that it is such planted spin and lies?
They need to take a leaf from David Fisher’s book.
Then they need to unfollow, remove the css feed and stop giving attention and credence to such a toxic source.