After this blog challenged the mainstream media to reflect upon the Moment of Truth, blog writer at the Amerikan lite entertainment alter that is the blue green Spin Blog does just that, and in one fucking article manages to highlight all that is wrong in NZ Political reporting right now.
Here’s what I wrote…
So are we as a country going to wake up to this threat to our democracy? Or will we allow the CIA to re-write our history for us?
To answer that, I reflect upon the 2014 Moment of Truth and what it actually revealed.
I remember one thing most vividly from that night. The naked hatred in the barking face of former Metro Editor Simon Wilson and TV3 news reporter Patrick Gower as they screamed hysterically at Glenn Greenwald and Kim Dotcom because he had decided not to show his evidence that Key knew about Kim before Key had said he did (he’s going to present that in Court).
The mainstream media decried the event as a damp squib and wrote the entire thing off as an over hyped promise that didn’t deliver.
That’s when I realised what the Moment of Truth had actually revealed.
The Moment of Truth had Assange, Greenwald and Edward Snowden prove without a shadow of a doubt that John Key had lied through his teeth about mass surveillance. It showed the NSA and CIA have staff here, it showed they planned to spike the sea cable and steal data directly from that feed and it showed that our GCSB went and met with the NSA to assure them the law Key had just pushed through allowed for mass surveillance despite Key telling the NZ public that it didn’t.
But what did NZ focus on? Kim not proving Key knew he existed before he claimed to have known.
…so what does Toby Manhire and the blue green Spin Blog do? Does Toby investigate whether or not the GCSB went and met with the NSA to tell them Key’s mass surveillance laws allowed the NSA to spy on us? Does Toby find out if the NSA and GCSB intended to hack our internet sea cable? Does Toby find out if the NSA or CIA are operating out of the GCSB here in NZ?
No. He doesn’t look at any of the things that Glenn Greenwald, Edward Snowden and Julian Assange actually revealed, he focuses on Laila’s ‘feels’.
It’s just extraordinary in what it actually reveals about the puddle depth that is investigative and critical media in this country.
It reads like a Women’s Day exclusive after a couple of Gin and Tonics, it totally ignores what was revealed at the Moment of Truth and the role the mainstream media itself played in refusing to acknowledge what was revealed.
This is fucking journalism?
With a Wellington level of self importance, Toby clearly seems to think that he’s beyond people like Greenwald, Snowden and Assange and his supposed insightfulness into Laila’s feelings is what investigative exclusives are all about.
The Spin Blog is Women’s Weekly for millennials, what a terrible swing and a miss to re-examine an important moment of NZ history that still hasn’t been given the consideration it warranted.
What was revealed was something of the nature of the anti-intellectual average Kiwi, who rather than look at the bigger picture presented, managed to find a tiny corner they could disagree with.
You can lead a New Zealander to slaughter, but you can’t make them think.
…this soggy piece by Manhire proves just how empty our corporate media really are.