Patrick Gower isn’t a journalist, he’s a barking dog that chases every car that moves. I enjoy watching his work for the pure bloodsport element, when his eyes rotate into the back of his head as he starts his death roll on whatever unfortunate soul has been stupid enough to be interviewed by him, you watch with all the excitement of a really gruesome snuff movie.
The homicidal chipmunk of NZ current affairs represents the mixed martial arts of journalism.
As an agent of the fourth state that holds the powerful to account however, he is devoid of any credibility, value or character.
Paddy is to actual journalism what Trump is to diplomacy and good governance. Gower is a sadistic gladiator pretending to be a surgeon whose service is to his own brand of ego promotion than insightful broadcaster.
But is he a sociopath?
I never thought that was a question that needed asking until I watched in absolute bewilderment his interview with James Shaw on the Nation this weekend.
Now, remember, Gower has been at the front of the pack in the racist, sexist and classist attack on Metiria. His was some of the most vicious venom spat and sickeningly was desperately trying to claim credit over Radio NZ for Metiria resigning.
In short, his hate campaign was one of the worst and he demanded acknowledgement for assassinating Metiria.
So, how the fucking Christ can Gower ask James Shaw the following question…
Patrick Gower: Well, an important aspect of that is what Metiria Turei’s venture around this benefit fraud was all about, which was empowering the disenfranchised. Now, where do they sit — those people that she tried to reach, or, as you’ve argued, did reach now they’ve seen someone who’s stood up for them slapped down and destroyed, effectively? What message does that send to those people that you were trying to reach that this is what happens when someone speaks up for you?
…are you fucking kidding me??? Paddy, YOU helped destroy Metiria and then your network crowed about needing credit for that destruction. You have the fucking audacity to ask James Shaw to his face about all the people Metiria stood for seeing her ‘slapped down and destroyed’ when it was fucking you doing the slapping and the destroying???
It got worse…
Patrick Gower: Yeah, but what do those words mean when what they see is she stood up for them and she was taken down by her own party in some senses? You guys didn’t stand behind her.
…can you believe he said that? He’s blaming the Greens for not standing behind Metiria after he was personally involved in orchestrating her demise???
Is he a sociopath?
Here’s the definition…
a person with a personality disorder manifesting itself in extreme antisocial attitudes and behaviour.