That moment Mike heard Labour had won and knew his days on TVNZ were numbered
I never liked Mike, and rarely watched him or listened to him to be honest.
I think it was his smug arrogance and sense of undeserved superiority mixed with terrifyingly simplistic right wing myths presented as pearls of wisdom that always left me intellectually vomiting when ever I had to tolerate him.
I only ever heard him on ZB when I was in a taxi. I only watched 5 episodes of Seven Sharp ever, watched his election debates and I read his columns from time to time and was always so terribly underwhelmed by everything he ever had to say.
How can this clown rate so well when all his has to offer is a $350 haircut wrapped up in a Parnell wardrobe shopping spree?
I think Mike appeals to those who already have and those who desperately want to have. His quaint musings on working hard and not helping beneficiaries because that only enables them when you feed them slips effortlessly into the cultural norms rich people convince themselves of when they have to step over beggars to get into Louis Vuitton stores.
His bias was always obvious, he was a Casino pimp who loved John Key in a manner that seemed to border on the erotic. He was less a voice of truth to power and more a purring lover who gently lapped at the National Party when ever he could.
TVNZ have done what TVNZ always do, moved with the political times. When the Left come to power, TVNZ suddenly becomes more public broadcasting focused, when the Right come to power it’s whatever right wing clown is dominating the ratings who leads their current affairs. You can see it best on Shortland Street. When Helen Clark was in power, Shortland Street was a public hospital, when National came to power it suddenly became a private enterprise.
If TVNZ really wanted to be smart, they would bring John Campbell back in at 7pm and totally smash The Project into tiny pieces and relegate it into being The Spinoff with pictures.
As for Hosking, rich white old men who hate the poor is a tired song that no one wants to hear anymore, he is a dinosaur who isn’t aware he’s extinct yet.