Watching Laila Harre smack down that pompous smug little prick Rawdon Christie on TVNZs Breakfast this morning was one of the great moments of 2014.
Yesterday Rawdon admitted on TV that he used far right hate speech merchant Whaleoil as a source for a video of an effigy burning and insinuated alongside the Prime Minister that Internet MANA were involved in the burning.
Turns out that insinuation was a total fabrication.
TVNZ refuse to apologise for lying, TVNZ refuse to apologise for insinuating it was Internet MANA, TVNZ refuse to apologise for not pulling the Prime Minister back and TVNZ refuse to accept that holding up a far right hate speech merchant like Slater as a credible news source demeans us all.
This is the bloody public broadcaster – I never watch Breakfast on TVNZ to be honest, it’s as thick as shit in terms of intellectual rigour and I judge people as harshly for watching it as much as I judge people who watch Seven Sharp.
This latest fabrication joins a long list of lies and manipulations our right wing corporate media have so far vomited up to attack the left with – they include $15 000 book that never existed, a $100 000 bottle of wine that never existed, a $150 000 donation to Labour that never existed, sexist ‘man ban’ bullshit when National’s party list is dominated by men, Nazi rally claims and now effigy burning.
Isn’t it remarkable the double standard of the NZ media? Hone Harawira gets bullet holes through his electorate office, and not a whimper from our mainstream media pundits, some chanting and a bonfire and suddenly it’s the end of western civilisation as we know it.
Any progressive Government coming into power must make forcing TVNZ back into its obligations as the public broadcaster one of its top priorities. Mass redundancies would be a good start.