When the mainstream media go feral: the descent into sheer farce, according to Tova O’Brien

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It had to happen, I guess… The media pack-campaign against Labour Leader David Cunliffe has managed to  plumb new depths of absurdity.

On TV3, on 24 July,  TV3/Tova O’Brien ran this report on their 6PM News bulletin, about Key’s face appearing – photo-shopped – on the cover of the “Rugby News“;

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The print-version on the TV3 website had this to say on the story;

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Key nestles in with the All Blacks

Tova O'Brien 3 News Political Reporter

Political Reporter – Thursday 24 Jul 2014 6:32p.m.

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New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has labelled the Prime Minister a poser and an imposter after yet another photo opportunity coup.

First it was tea with the Queen, then golf with United States President Barack Obama – now he’s managed to nestle in with some All Blacks on the cover of the Rugby News magazine.

“Some people will love it and some people will hate it,” says Mr Key.

With the All Blacks almost like royalty in New Zealand it could be seen as an endorsement, and Labour leader David Cunliffe is not impressed.

“I was surprised to see it,” he says. “It’s not often you see a major sporting body getting involved in politics.”

The New Zealand Rugby Union was forewarned by the magazine.

It did nothing but request a small disclaimer that Mr Key leading the pack wearing an All Blacks jersey was not an endorsement – it was photoshopped.

“I think I need to accept that I’d more than likely make it as a mascot than a player,” says Mr Key.

“It’s posing and impostering,” says Mr Peters. “You wouldn’t put an All Black jersey on unless you’re an All Black. He looks like an imposter.”

He did not request the cover, the magazine approached him and it does not breach any electoral laws.

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However, stuck at the very end of the video-version of the story, is this incredible parting-quip by O’Brien;
“So once again the blue team gets one over the red team.Yes, it’s cringey, but it’s left Cunliffe looking whingey.”

Geddit? “Cringey”. “Whingey”. They rhyme!!

Oh how very witty, Ms O’Brien!

Ho, ho, ho! Tova, you certainly earned your salary with that piece. There must have been several children who laughed their heads of at the ‘funny’ you made!

Not so funny is that despite the fact that the story was ostensibly about Key getting his face photo-shopped onto a magazine and scoring some free election-year publicity – a supposedly well-educated, “impartial” journo still managed to somehow insert a childish comment about David Cunliffe. That’s despite the fact that Cunliffe’s comments were much more restrained and measured than the criticism  made by Winston Peters in the same video.

So there we have it, folks. Even when the story is about John Key – a silly little journo still managed to turn it into a swipe at David Cunliffe. This is what we are being served up as “news”;

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This is not impartial, intelligent journalism.

It’s not even close.

So what should be the response of the Left? To work our arses off in the next two months and score a decisive victory on 20 September. That will be our “FUCK YOU!” to the media in this country.

 

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References

TV3:  Key nestles in with the All Blacks

Previous related blogposts

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Mike Hosking as TVNZ’s moderator for political debates?! WTF?!

When the mainstream media go feral: A tale of two holidays

 


 

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9 COMMENTS

  1. Perhaps we shouldn’t blame these kid journos too much. After all, if they don’t do what they told and how they are told to do it, then their journalistic and broadcasting careers are O.V.E.R (as the Americans say on TV) When the National Party is providing the pay cheques, one is reluctant to bite the hand that feeds it.

    • Just who are our journalists actually working for? I know they work hard for the KEYparty but they also work hard for the americans. They were treated to junkets to Washington, before we were told, as a country that Key had let them back in, to soften them up and make the return of the americans, “palatable” to NZers. Shame, shame on what passes for unbiased, newsworthy journalism in NZ.

  2. Bullying comes in many forms. T O’Bs little jibe was a manifestation of the widespread tendency towards bullying IMO. It was like a parting kick as she walked away.

    • Sport and politics sure do mix it seems when the torys are vote herding.

      Flabby, pasty, hairpiece wearing Key just looks ridiculous but I guess so do many magazine buyers, all aspiration.

  3. There’s no conspiracy here, it’s just that people with the potential to be genuine journalists usually get weeded out well before they get to where Tova O’Brien is. How John Campbell slipped under the radar is anyone’s guess but how she got to where she is very apparent: Obviously good looks open doors, plus the ability to walk while talking when being filmed, and from there it’s a matter of internalizing the values of those in the hierarchy above you. In Tova O’Brien’s case she seems to be particulary good at internalising other people’s values to the point where she’s now lost all contact with reality.

    She’s the one who asked Cunliffe if the forgetting of an 11 year old letter was the ‘mother of all brain-fades’. I can’t find the piece of footage but it was from a stand up press conference with David Cunliffe in the halls of parliament and I get the feeling the press gallery had been feeding off each other’s excitement (about the possibilty of another scandal) that they’d reached the point where they couldn’t tell they weren’t making any sense.

    The press gallery is like a group of teenagers all terrified of being caught out wearing unfashionable clothes – or in their case, being caught with a non mainstream opinion

  4. All this Cunliffe bashing seems to have turned into a media blood sport. They are all frothy mouthed, clamouring to get in first before their journo mates and land the fatal hit. They are almost breathless in their negative coverage of the Labour Party. All these younger journalists, are being schooled in the art of Newspeak. The media have the blood of democracy on their hands.

  5. Agreed the left beat up is purulent. Labour /Cuneliffe even got hammered tonight on 7days,next to pm who got not 1 negative remark in next piece.And they had paula bennet on as guest.Imbalanced?? not at all..its totally 100% in tory favour.
    While I don’t take issue with any stand against violence,i do when its first targetted at a particular gender,group race ethnicity as a heading. That is my criticism of cunellifes approach… morally it should be headeded -all violence is bad,none is worse by gender age..its violence full stop. The prevalence, numbers insidiousness, betrayal positions thereof must always be defined second,.Righto,that aside…the timing for political gain at an election time is a moral dilemma though isn’t it?? especially as the question arises as to what the hell were you not doing about he problem 4 years ago when others were battling to help survivors and desperate for your publicity( I have case records of innaction,despite govt notification)??in Hawaii,china .etc. Which brings me in worsening order to the second largest criminal in nz violence cases ..government and judiciary..the incumbent govt,NOT the opposition party has power,control reins and responsibility at the helm of this increasing disaster,ever present and obviously not attended or addressed satifactorially,except verbally on election hustings.
    $th and most serious offenders now…!!! THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA..WHO HAVE NOT ONLY NOT FOCUSSED ON NOT REPORTING THE VILEST OF CRIMES IN ACCURATE NUMBERS DETAIL OR TRUTH BALANCED ACCOUNT, BUT PANDERING TO RELEASED FIGURES AND FINANCIAL CORPORATE BIAS,BUT ALSO INSULT TO PUBLIC AND VICTIMS THEY HAVE THE TEMERITY TO FOCUS ON CUNELIFFE, WHO NOT ONLY HAVE THEY LAMBASTED FOR HIS LACK OF ANY POWER OR LEADERSHIP,ACTIVELY USED SMEARS FROM A CONVICTED VIOLENT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE OFFENDER TO DETRACT FROM THOSE ACTUALLY RESPONSIBLE???
    The absolute height of sociopathic sycophantic sanctimonious hypocrisy and self serving indulgent anti social indictment of non moral undemocratic treason to the victims and all citizens in New Zealand
    .In my mother country they couldn’t exist,in my stepdads country they be shunned/confronted, and then physically removed beaten or shot to death if they failed to see their crime against their community.
    Don’t get me started on the MH17 bias. Mallard actually posting a cartoon accusing putin of mass murder,despite opposing evidence,thats incitement to war. GRRRRR. I posted complaints to both 3rd degree,and tv3 regarding our prime minsters accusation also…very serious stuff..even the victims government have not been so rash..unbelievable. That a citizen minion as myself should have to highlight moral crimes of my own prime minister ,mps is just disgusting..absolutely ashamed for our fallen in battle to be so shamed.

  6. Opposition must get together and force a stop to the clock during this corrupt election cycle and force an independent investigation into the whole corrupt media process during this the most naked bold biased excuse for an election we have ever seen.

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