You would think that after the furore caused by TVNZ appointing someone as biased as Mike Hosking to the election leader debates that he would be checking his privilege and pulling his head in so as to gloss over the criticism.
You would think.
But no. Today Mike decides to dump petrol all over the issue by slagging David Cunliffe off for his Staff bringing up questions with TVNZ over Hosking’s appointment as moderator…
Which brings us nicely to David Cunliffe’s desire to drag me into the election campaign and the political debate in general.
I don’t blame him entirely, he was very poorly advised. But the buck stops at the top, and part of being a good leader is being able to recognise shabby advice.
And how he couldn’t see it is beyond me.
On a Tuesday, you don’t say sorry for the grab-bag of strange stuff you’ve got yourself in trouble for and then promise to focus on the issues, by making the first issue me.
He was never going to win that one.
No one cares about me, I am not an issue, and the moderator of a debate is not the star of the show.
If he looked bothered by me, by inference he made himself look plain scared of the Prime Minister, in my view.
…putting the boot into Cunliffe and then claiming he is scared of the Prime Minister shows just how nakedly biased Hosking is. Remember, this is all on the State Public Broadcaster. Hosking follows this up with audacity that he isn’t a Journalist and as such doesn’t even have to pretend to be objective.
It is an extraordinary column so full of arrogance and hubris it has to be read to be believed. How can someone openly taunting one of the candidates be even remotely suitable for the Public Broadcaster?
Why doesn’t TVNZ just go the whole hog and appoint Cameron Slater as the co-moderater so they can pretend it’s ‘balanced’. It’s a joke now, why not make it a sick one?