Hard News by Russell Brown

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Hard News: The perils of political confidence

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  • Ross Mason,

    I knew there was something in the past I had seen that has that familar ring......

    Seems that the same PR brigade is still active and spouting the same tactics.

    Starts about 1-40 minutes in. Duncan Garner again........

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1590 posts Report Reply

  • merc, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Puca Joyce arranged to have the mic planted ;-)

    Since Dec 2006 • 2471 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    Even Ol' Don Brash (ODB) thinks what's on the tapes is in the public interest. By which I presume he means that it's in his interest.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10650 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to merc,

    Puca Joyce arranged to have the mic planted ;-)

    or better yet - knew it was gonna happen,
    and instructed the DPS to let it happen...
    - plausible deniability with all the ensuant
    benefits of faux outrage and diversionary circus...

    Public is left to deal with the giant toxic
    elephant turds, free shovels at WINZ...
    :- )

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7943 posts Report Reply

  • merc, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Without doubt that man bag was left there for a reason, a reason so cunning you could probably pin an elephant on it and call it Dumbo ;-)

    Since Dec 2006 • 2471 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to merc,

    a harsh tuskmaster...

    man bag... elephant

    Pachyderms have thick skin
    their scrotal sacs were much prized
    by Hannibal's legionnaires for
    keeping salt and gold...*
    ...the symbolism is astounding!



    *OK, I made that up!

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7943 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Stowell,

    Man responsible for the hobbit law gets downed by a contractor working on spec, priceless.

    Very sharp, spot on, M!

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 2108 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    Man this is quite hilarious. Talk about getting made an absolute fool of on camera. Banks, you're toast. No one like slippery evasion, memory loss, sudden memory clarity when presented with a transcript, stonewalling, and a walk away.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10650 posts Report Reply

  • merc,

    Words fail.

    Since Dec 2006 • 2471 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to linger,

    Winston’s support base

    they're just resting

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19707 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to BenWilson,

    Man this is quite hilarious. Talk about getting made an absolute fool of on camera. Banks, you're toast. No one like slippery evasion, memory loss, sudden memory clarity when presented with a transcript, stonewalling, and a walk away.

    It was brutal -- especially the tottering-off-into-the-distance shot at the end.

    But it did need Banks to come to the party, so to speak.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22830 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart, in reply to Russell Brown,

    It was brutal -- especially the tottering-off-into-the-distance shot at the end.

    I can't help thinking that Duncan Garner might just be the happiest person in the country right now.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4651 posts Report Reply

  • David Hood,

    As I was waiting for John Key
    There was a man I didn't see
    He didn't front again today
    I think he might have run away

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 1445 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to Russell Brown,

    It was brutal -- especially the tottering-off-into-the-distance shot at the end.

    "Saruman, your staff is broken"

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10650 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Radio New Zealand, whose policy Q&A was disgracefully snubbed by National

    Full policy listings here - with every single answer for National thus:

    Declined to answer this question

    It's only the other parties who ought to have any complaint about lack of substantive coverage in the circumstances.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19707 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes, in reply to Russell Brown,

    He burped up what is now clearly the agreed line: that he was only interested in talking about “issues that are important to New Zealanders”.

    Which would be the environment food prices and the quality of our schools

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • merc,

    The tottering off shot a la Bill English after that coup.
    Interestingly the people I know who support Key still believe it is a media beat up and Key is on track, ah well.

    Since Dec 2006 • 2471 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    National’s trade policy might be a technicolour yawn to you, Russell, but it might just be not only relevant but pretty important to one or two Morning Report listeners.

    Just one or two, maybe but they wouldn't want anybody else to know about it, you know, commercial sensitivity an all that.

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    If teapotgate is a “distraction” from “real issues”

    It's a measure of National's comms success that the campaign framing is around leadership credibility rather than substantive policy. Media aren't immune to that (though they should be).

    The Nats can hardly complain now when media follow that framing to its conclusion, especially when they've been stage-managed and pressured not to release daily schedules to minimise any risk of protests disrupting those glossy photo ops of grateful gurning locals hanging on the leader's every gurgle. Lingering resentment can be dangerous..

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19707 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Sacha,

    It would appear Epsom voters don't much like being manipulated either. Good on them.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19707 posts Report Reply

  • merc,

    So the Nat guy gets in in Epsom, grows in confidence, rebels against his two faced masters, leads National back to a glorious summer.../I laugh so hard/

    Since Dec 2006 • 2471 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to merc,

    rebels

    you clearly haven't met him :)

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19707 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Sacha,

    you clearly haven't met him :)

    Have you read his biographies of Brash and Banks?
    I hear that the descriptions of cavalry charges against blood-crazed fuzzy-wuzzies and midnight escapes from Boer prisons are absolutely ripping.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4593 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Just in: police say they will execute a search warrant on Radio NZ today or tomorrow, in pursuit of “unpublished material”, subsequent to the interview with Bradley Ambrose.

    I think this just got WAY out of hand.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22830 posts Report Reply

  • Mikaere Curtis,

    Full policy listings here - with every single answer for National thus:

    Declined to answer this question

    The arrogance is breath-taking; only topped by National's whinging about the media not wanting to engage on policy.

    I think this just got WAY out of hand.

    Agreed, and I really hope the police are acting in good faith, with no pressure whatsoever being applied from Joyce et al. Given the stakes, I think it would be useful for the media to seek confirmation that this is the case.

    Tamaki Makaurau • Since Nov 2006 • 528 posts Report Reply

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