When the only person willing to defend your actions in the media is Bob Jones, you have a problem. Bob Jones of course infamously wrote a snuff column for the NZ Herald in 2013 where Jones gloated over goading another human being into committing suicide, so his views on what is harassment and what isn’t are about as worthwhile as Josef Mengele’s musings on First Aid.
Today’s editorial by the NZ Herald however manages to out gross Bob’s misogynist rantings by suggesting that the fact the PM hasn’t been dented in their poll means those who have called the PM’s behaviour by what it is – harassment – are somehow to blame…
He probably owes his survival in the poll to his enemies. They were so quick to accuse him of bullying, harassment, physical abuse and worse, that fair-minded people came to his defence.
… that’s right folks, because NZ is full of privileged blokes who never want their own uninvited touching of woman to ever be considered ‘harassment’, the PM has been saved from any political damage because ‘we’ called the PMs behaviour for what it is, bullying harassment that is unacceptable.
Note the NZ Herald editorial doesn’t look at their own role in this whitewash. They don’t look at using a Dirty Politics player like Rachel Glucina who deceived the young woman and put words into her mouth to make it look like a politically motivated complaint. The NZ Herald don’t look at their own responsibility in publishing the story even after being told the woman had removed her permission to use the photos and comments. They don’t even consider the manner in which Glucina spun the story as a reason why people are complacent – oh no, it’s all the fault of us hysterical lefties who seethe that the most corrupt politician in recent modern political history with dirty politics and mass surveillance lies can get away with it. Whose office colluded with the SIS to falsely smear the Leader of the Opposition in 2011 and who can seemingly harass and bully a young female worker in her place of work and have that abuse minimised because we have the temerity to call it for what it is.
This will start impacting politics when the huge number of women who have flocked to National start questioning Key’s behaviour, not when the men who vote National excuse it.
The audacity of the NZ Herald knows no bounds.