Now we know Key lied about mass surveillance, let’s remind ourselves what the great luminaries of our mainstream media had to say about the Moment of Truth…
Prime Minister John Key will be relieved the much talked about Moment of Truth passed by without seriously damaging his credibility.
There was no great reveal, no smoking gun, nothing to make New Zealanders believe they are being illegally spied upon.
Mr Key said neither had provided any actual evidence of their claims and said it was simply rhetoric.
“What they’re doing is making unsubstantiated claims. The Government has provided evidence that shoots down their arguments. If they want to provide evidence that supports their claims, last night was their chance and they failed to produce anything other than rhetoric.”
The initial fallout from last night’s meeting was very much, where was the bombshell? It was a question Dotcom did not answer adequately, choosing instead to attack the standard of journalism in this country.
Last night’s events were nearly overshadowed by the lack of information around an email which Kim Dot Com claimed showed John Key was involved in a plot with Hollywood company Warner Brothers to have him extradited to the US. Dot Com has long said Mr Key knew of his existence long before the raid on his Coatesville mansion. Warner Brothers swiftly denied that the email is real, as did the MPAA.
The event had been billed for months as showing proof of this plot, but it didn’t warrant a mention on stage last night, and Dotcom refused to answer questions on the email, saying it has been referred to Parliament’s privileges committee.
3 News political reporter Brook Sabin says last night’s Moment of Truth at the Auckland Town Hall was a mixed bag.
Notably absent was Kim Dotcom’s proof that Prime Minister John Key knew about him before the raid in January 2012.
Internet Party leader Laila Harre says it was left out under legal advice – but its omission made this part of the event a “bellyflop”, says Sabin.
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“at the end of it things had not changed that much from when it began”
“there was barely any fresh substance to chew on.”
“he has not provided evidence beyond circumstantial that the GCSB is actually conducting mass surveillance on New Zealanders.”
“The mass surveillance issue was always a red herring, Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden presented no concrete evidence of privacy breaches, Julian Assange was a sideshow. Snowden’s revelation that the NSA had an operation in Auckland has to be followed up.”
For now, however, those questions are likely to be overshadowed by Dotcom’s spectacular failure to prove his central claim that John Key lied about his knowledge of Dotcom before a raid on the German’s Coatesville mansion.
National can take some vindication that issues like Dirty Politics and the Internet Party’s “Moment of Truth” were distractions.
The vast majority of the mainstream media in NZ all decried the Moment of Truth as an enormous fail and wrote it off.
Toby Manhire then has the audacity to ask this week on the Spin Blog how Key managed to get away with it. Key managed to get away with it Toby because you and your main stream media mates let him get away with it.
We are a juvenile culture with all the maturity of a day old can of coke and the sleepy hobbits of muddle Nu Zilind elected a man who lied about mass surveillance and brought them all under the spying powers of the NSA.
Well done sleepy hobbits.
We are our own worst enemy.