A manufactured feeding frenzy over Cunliffe’s Best Start distracts from inequality better than a manufactured flag debate does. The nonsense that Cunliffe misled anyone is just that, nonsense. Watching the speech live, I didn’t think there would be a double dipping of the $60 per week bonus and paid parental leave, indeed that was the first howling David Farrar made against the policy, that it would lead to double dipping, that it won’t means the mainstream media narrative is now that Cunliffe is a liar and somehow ‘tricky’.
When you compare this supposed ‘lie’ to the manner in which Key can blatantly speak falsehoods to a media who just shrug and accept it, the double standards start to appear enormous.
This is a manufactured feeding frenzy and it shows just how far right the mainstream media have drifted, let’s not forget Patrick Gower was the journalist who manufactured the so called leadership challenge that had Cunliffe punished when there was no such leadership challenge. With Espiner on Radio NZ, Henry on TV3 and Hosking on TVNZ, the hard white right rich male punditry view of NZ is now the new median point on any political discussion, the debate is held where hard right opinion is the norm and everything else is alien, it’s a resetting of the parameters of the discussion to favour the Government.
Normally this would be a source of sadness, but with the internet and social media to combat that bias, the mainstream media are simply making themselves less and less relevant by appointing more and more right wing opinion. This election will be fought online, the revolution will not be televised on Seven Sharp, the Paul Henry Show or heard on Radio NZ.