Now we have some idea of the level of contempt and joy Lusk & Slater privately have in manipulating the mainstream media, will Firstline, RadioLive, ZB and The Nation continue to have him as a commentator on their shows?
I’ve emailed Richard Harmen of The Nation to see if he will continue to have Slater on, now we know he uses his blog to perpetrate the darker machinations of a far right agenda within the National Party.
It’s not that I don’t think many within those media organizations don’t sympathize with Slater’s right wing extremism, it’s just that I think they will be angry that he thinks he can manipulate them so easily.
What Lusk and Slater and David Farrar have understood for some time now is that news organizations are increasingly being gutted and in a 24 hour news cycle, Journalists are pushed for research time and many don’t have the institutionalized meta knowledge of the political hegemonic structure to contextualize the raw feed of the live present.
Blogs seed the news cycle for tomorrows headlines. It makes the Journalists job far easier if they can research Whaleoil or Kiwiblog while pumping out another 7 social media stories before lunchtime.
That is indeed one of the reasons I started The Daily Blog. To counter the influence of the right wing blogs. I’m a lefty because we have the answers to the social injustice of the free market and our ideas don’t get much canvassing if the mainstream are only taking their influences from the right. Bringing together some of the best progressive bloggers in NZ onto one site provides the counter weight to this right wing pollution. Last month, The Daily Blog increased to over 200 000 page views, making us the 5th largest blog in the country within 3 months. We hope to build on this right up to the 2014 election and push the case for policy and Political Parties that take the social justice concerns of the poor seriously.
Seeking to enter the debate in democratic life is admirable and should be encouraged by more, but it’s to what ends such interaction is aimed that should be the question.
A financial transactions tax, feeding every poor kid, 12 month maternity leave, living wage, equal pay, abortion rights, respecting our minority citizens, protecting the environment, real affordable housing, legalizing medicinal cannabis, a green economy, some type of compulsory Union fee, better public services and curbing corporate power while standing up to America and China is about as dangerous as we get.
Oh, and we’d also probably want Israel to close its embassy.
Slater & Lusk on the other hand do so to engage and provoke a reactionary white male anger and they manipulate that fury into political momentum to ultimately place in power a hard right crypto-fascist State.
If you want to see the NZ of tomorrow under Lusk & Slater, just read the comments section of Whaleoil. It is a journey into mad darkness that makes Apocalypse Now look like a children’s tea party.
The mainstream media must ask themselves if they want to be party to that or is it their responsibility to challenge every inch of this kind of Machiavellian nonsense by removing Slater from the debate and the attention altogether?
Attempting to influence the news is fine, the issue is to what ends and the eye opening leaks from the Prime Ministers Office into what Lusk and Slater have been up to suggest even the National Party leadership find these tactics to be concerning.
Perhaps the media should as well.