Why so much angst about the collapse of this show? Because Campbell Live was the only prime time media who were living up to their fourth estate obligations of holding the powerful to account.
In a nation of sleepy hobbits where the neoliberal myth of ‘you choose to be poor’ has become holy law and our engrained negative egalitarianism leads to an anti-intellectualism so laid back middle Nu Zilind burn books on their BBQ, Campbell Live was one of the few places where this was all challenged.
The mainstream media of NZ are tainted by their association with Cameron Slater in the Dirty Politics saga, the NZ Herald and Fairfax were instrumental in helping the smear and lies find a wider audience and with Hosking and Henry cuddling Key rather than challenge him every week, we now only have Native Affairs on Maori TV as the last, last bastion of a critical media.
Campbell Live gained 532,000 viewers on its last night, the horror is that even when you play their free market game & succeed, they punish you for political reasons.
When John Campbell is the one who loses his job in the wake of dirty politics and mass surveillance lies – this nation is broken.
He aha te mea nui? He tangata. He tangata. He tangata. Campbell Live knew this, and that’s why we loved the show.
We now have no primetime 4th estate holding power to account – we are officially a 1 party state with lap dogs for watch dogs.
We are a lesser country for the end of this show and with its closing NZs democracy is far weaker than it has ever been. Key and the National Party will be laughing with delight and the sleepy hobbits of muddle Nu Zilind will go back to purring with whatever lies Hosking and Henry spew forth each weekday.
Now must begin a fight back for the hearts and souls of this nation with Unions linking arms with environmentalists, activists, NGOs, Maori, Feminists, Youth, Students, Women, beneficiaries, the poor, minorities and the socially conscious before it is too late. We need a new media platform and a new voice or NZ will cease to be what it was and will become a selfish 53rd state of America with no vision beyond property speculation and milk powder.
The revolution won’t be televised, so we need to make it happen somewhere else.