I have to be honest, I had made the decision last night to accept Seven Sharp’s hastily offered opportunity to appear on their show after I savagely criticised the bullshit whitewash story they did on John Key’s favourite far right hate speech merchant, Cameron Slater.
Slater may have the largest blog in NZ, but really instead of being called ‘Whaleoil’, it should be called ‘Clickbait’. Millions of pageview images of cats, gun worship and maps don’t maketh a blog. Despite being so huge though, Slater’s problem is he is too much of a radioactive slug to attract enough advertisers, which is why before he launches his new ‘news’ site with some rich right winger he desperately needs credible disinfecting by some in the mainstream media so that he can look less threatening to advertisers, hence the slow loving massage he was given on Seven Sharp this week.
Slater is the wolf that cries boy.
Even Canon who gave him his precious bloody award commented when I complained about his blog on Tania Billingsley where he offensively attempts to insinuate that she is a Green Party honeytrap who baits herself for attack so she can scream ‘rape culture’, accept that he often has extreme views…
I asked readers for their opinion to appear on Seven Sharp and they overwhelming supported me in doing it, so I made the decision last night to call Seven Sharp this morning and agree to the interview despite misgivings that I should allow myself to be used as some shallow attempt by TVNZ to appear balanced in the wake of the criticism of their appalling Slater puff piece.
That was last night.
This morning I wake to the appalling news that Mike Bloody Hosking will be the moderator of the TVNZ leadership debates???
No. Fucking. Way.
Hosking is to the right of Caligula, allowing him to moderate the debate would be like appointing Cameron Slater to sit on the Broadcasting Standards Authority! It’s one hate crime against public broadcasting to allow Hosking to host Seven Sharp in the first place but to allow him to moderate the leaders debate is an outright abomination. Hosking moderating the leaders debates will be as credible as asking him to do a critical story on his corporate benefactor Sky City.
Why is it different to John Campbell moderating the debates on TV3? TV3 is a private company who can do what they like, TVNZ is supposed to be the Public Broadcaster and as such have a demand on balance far higher than TV3. Shane Taurima was rightfully crucified for his bias inside TVNZ (despite the fact that it was Management’s incompetence to bring him back in the first place), but his stupidity has allowed TVNZ to conduct a witch hunt for reds under the bed within the news room while foaming right wing fanatics get to front current affairs programs with no questions asked.
30 years of neoliberalism has pulled the Political centre so far to the right that the shrill beige brigade of Espiner, Hosking, Henry, Garner and Gower are enabled to construct one vast unchallenged narrative arch where the Right are always right and the Left are criminally insane.
In light of this decision by TVNZ to give someone as biased as Hosking the moderator role in the all important leaders debates, I have decided that I will decline Seven Sharp’s offer because it will be nothing more than a manufactured pathetic attempt at balance. I’m a Campbell Live supporter and would hate to do anything that would turn attention away from real current affairs to a sick joke like Seven Sharp.
I suggest Seven Sharp go get Cameron’s mate Josie Pagani on. She’s the Fox News Democrat corporate media wheel out for the pretence of balance, she’s more who you are wanting. Her defence of not blaming the media is because she is part of that cosy media club, when the media are attacking David for wearing a fucking red scarf, pointing out the absurdity of that kind of Journalism isn’t moaning as Pagani would claim, it’s demanding the media actually do their job of holding the powerful to account.
Quarter of a million NZ children living in poverty deserve better than media time wasted on what colour scarf David Cunliffe is wearing.
I don’t ever watch Seven Sharp but I tried to give them the benefit of the doubt this week and watched a couple of shows. I saw an entire segment where Hosking talked about his holiday to Japan where the toilet had different water stream settings to rinse his bum with, it was this waste of time that summed the show up best for me. It’s a right wing douchbag suited only for washing Mike Hosking’s arsehole with.
So, in response to this request…
No. In light of Hosking being the leaders debate moderator, I won’t appear on your bullshit. The mana of the people I stand up for deserves better than that.