Time to speak up for Metiria Turei!

By   /   August 4, 2017  /   13 Comments

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The media witch-hunt against Metiria Turei gathers pace with “Newshub” digging up another story about the Green co-leader. Shock! Horror! She lived at a different address to the one on the electoral roll so she could vote for her friend in the McGillicudy Serious Party.

Really?

This is the kind of superficial bullshit that has undermined real journalism in this country.

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The media witch-hunt against Metiria Turei gathers pace with “Newshub” digging up another story about the Green co-leader. Shock! Horror! She lived at a different address to the one on the electoral roll so she could vote for her friend in the McGillicudy Serious Party.

Really?

This is the kind of superficial bullshit that has undermined real journalism in this country.

No wonder Donald Trump has struck a chord with people who view journalists with deep disdain.

No wonder other politicians are risk-averse  when it comes to telling the truth. No wonder former DPB beneficiary, and now National Minister, Paula Bennett may not have disclosed everything she did whilst on welfare. Who can blame her for keeping her head down?

In the meantime, families continue to live in garages, cars, or packed a dozen-deep in cramped, moldy houses. Homeless are dying in the streets. And Housing NZ is turfing out families in the middle of winter;

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My response to Newshub and Radio NZ this morning;

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Enough of this bullshit!

Metiria Turei put her career on the line by disclosing her past with WINZ.  It is time for activists to come to her aid and support her publicly.

Anyone wanting assistance writing letters to editors/media may contact me at fmacskasy@gmail.com and I will assist with wording and supplying email addresses.

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#iammetiria

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References

Mediaworks/Newshub:  More questions raised about Metiria Turei’s living situation

Twitter: Newshub – Metiria Turei

Radio NZ:  Crash victim’s family told to leave state house

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13 Comments

  1. Marc says:

    It has been my fear since she made the admission on their conference, while announcing also new social policy, Metiria will be destroyed by the MSM and MSD, labeled ‘benefit cheat’, possibly be charged and will have to step down from politics.

    Yes, Newshub made a start last night:
    http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/election/2017/08/more-questions-raised-about-metiria-turei-s-living-situation.html

    But now also RNZ and others have joined in. Metiria made some damned stupid mistakes in her youthful years, but so do many others.
    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/336436/turei-admits-enrolling-to-vote-at-different-address-in-1990s

    Now it comes back to bite her, she did not expect it to turn out this way, I think.

    She was naive and out of touch with the mood of the silent majority out there, admitting she had other flatmates that she had not declared in the 1990s. Now it shows she even gave wrong info to the electoral authorities, which is probably another kind of offence in the eyes of the MSM and public.

    Decades now of social division, of governments ruling by pitting one person against the other, has resulted in this total intolerance towards ‘dishonesty’, especially by those on benefits.

    Remember:
    https://thestandard.org.nz/beneficiary-bashing-mission-accomplished/

    James Shaw will be in charge now, looking for a new co-leader, and then it may be the chance of Julie Ann Genter, so they can jointly steer the Greens to the right, and firmly position them in the ‘centre’, the new social security policy, which would probably never see the light of day in a coalition government, will be just feel good bits of policy for the less well off, that may come in drips, not more.

    • Rosemary McDonald says:

      “James Shaw will be in charge now, looking for a new co-leader, and then it may be the chance of Julie Ann Genter, so they can jointly steer the Greens to the right, and firmly position them in the ‘centre’,…”

      My thoughts too.

      Shaw and Genter…leading the new oh-so-smoooth Pale Green Party.

      • Marc says:

        I dread the thought of it, but ‘Pale Green Party’ I read before somewhere. Let us pray Metiria has stamina and does not throw in the towel. Her willingness to pay back overpaid benefit is likely to stop MSD launching a full investigation and laying charges.

  2. Priss says:

    Frank, you have my support. I’ll email you shortly to help me with a letter to the editor.

    #iammetiria

  3. Samwise says:

    Count me in, Frank!

    Gower, Garner, and Hosking are a disgrace.

  4. janine says:

    I’ve emailed my local Labour MP and Ardern about this.
    I’m furious that they have let the stupid media decide for them who can be in a future Cabinet.

    Gutless wonders!

    • Michal says:

      Gutless indeed, this makes me so angry. Metiria has more credibility than any other politicians right now.

  5. savenz says:

    Gosh the media never did find Jason Ede, but when they want to find out something ridiculous about the opposition then no stone left unturned to bring out the (non) scandal. (probably helped by SIS, like when they lied about Phil Goff).

  6. mary_a says:

    Thank you Frank.

    #IstandwithMetiria

  7. We really are living in the era of Dirty politics…Metiria T is sure coming under sustained attack from the Right Wing media rip-off drones. I wonder when Seven Sharp hop head Mike Hoskins will come up with information relating to Metiria’s school days and how she cheated on the netball court.
    In the eyes of Hoskings, she represents all the things he can’t stand. She is a woman! She is Maori! She is a lawyer! She is even educated! She cares about the poor! She is not a fan of John Key and she doesn’t even pull young males pony tails. And no doubt in eyes of Hosking she is not rich!
    We used to be able to compare Hoskins with Henry as to who was the biggest idiot now only one idiot is left on TV…Hoskins. For how long will TV One fail to ease the pain for TV One viewers? When will they stop his crap opinions? I’ve stopped watching Seven Sharp.

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