Why Mike Hosking is wrong and why I still don’t think he understands MMP

By   /   December 20, 2017  /   19 Comments

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This kind of incorrect information matters and Mike’s contempt that he has to be held to account when he gets basic information wrong during an election highlights why he should never have been there in the first place and is reminder how far TVNZ have drifted in their obligations as the Fourth Estate.

Mike Hosking has attacked the BSA complaint against him and his stupid comments that you couldn’t vote for the Māori Party if you weren’t on the Māori roll, but in doing so, Mike has shown he still doesn’t understand how MMP works…

This concerns comments I made on Seven Sharp regarding voting for the Maori Party. I said to Toni Street “you can’t vote for the Maori Party because you are not on the Maori roll”.

This was a throwaway line, it was a flippant remark given Toni was never voting for the Maori Party. The next night, after the aggrieved had hit the roof, I clarified the comment. My point was, and is, this: the Maori Party is not a list party. It is not a party that gets above 5 per cent of the vote.

…firstly, that’s factually incorrect, and secondly, it wasn’t what he actually said.

He actually said…

“you can’t vote for the Maori Party because you are not on the Maori roll”.

…which is no where the same as…

the Maori Party is not a list party. It is not a party that gets above 5 per cent of the vote.

…but even if we accept that was what he meant, what he meant is factually wrong.

If a Party wins an electorate seat, they don’t need to get over 5% to gain a second, third or fifth MP, so their list is connected to their party vote.

The fact Mike still doesn’t understand MMP and is desperately spinning what he said into what he meant (even if what he meant is still factually incorrect) is all beside the point because the biggest issue here is that it was said on the public broadcaster.

 

Mike defends his flippancy this way…

My Christmas gift from the BSA, the Broadcasting Standards Authority, is I misled the nation. Sorry nation, I misled you.

I didn’t of course, but they don’t have a sense of humour, or indeed any understanding of the realities of broadcasting, like you shouldn’t take everything literally.

…that defence is deeply problematic because if you are stupid enough to watch Seven Sharp for your weeknight buffet of current affairs, you are probably too stupid to understand the difference between figurative and literal.

Such a factually incorrect statement wouldn’t have mattered on The Project because MediaWorks are a private company and they can be as dense and stupid as they like (look at the AM Show), but Seven Sharp is the high alter of lite entertainment on the public broadcaster.

This kind of incorrect information matters and Mike’s contempt that he has to be held to account when he gets basic information wrong during an election highlights why he should never have been there in the first place and is reminder how far TVNZ have drifted in their obligations as the Fourth Estate.

The new Government has to demand more from our National Broadcaster.

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19 Comments

  1. CLEANGREEN says:

    Yes martyn Mike hoskings is a peabrained soul who has no grasp of politics and the underbelly of the way it operates.

    he lives solely in a fantasy world of his own construct, so his listeners are simply clones of his demented mind.

    Hopefully time will awaken these sheeples to realise theyv’e been fed a load of clobblers all this time, and will return to our ‘real world’ of reality where nthey willl see for themselves what has gone wrong while they were asleep.

    Nice article, keep it up Martyn.

    • Im right says:

      Hosking spoke to the middle class, the ones that actually pay tax Cleangreen! I personally was not a fan and have not watched terrestial TV for a while (anything on there of worth is taped via Sky box) but i suppose im a ‘rich prick’ Cleangreen for that? Hell im a net taxpayer and pay your *cough…cough* invalitity benefit, without the likes of me you would not have your 10 acre estate up in the Gisborne hills!

      • Hell im a net taxpayer and pay your *cough…cough* invalitity benefit, without the likes of me you would not have your 10 acre estate up in the Gisborne hills!

        And without the rest of us taxpayers, Imright, you wouldn’t have enjoyed (near-)free schooling; a free hospital service; tax-payer funded social welfare and superannuation, and all the other goodies provided to you. ‘Cos you sure as hell wouldn’t have been able to afford everything without help from your fellow New Zealanders.

        You right-wingers bleat on about being “taxpayers paying for everything”. But you benefit just like everybody else from the collective labours of past and present generations.

        The difference between you and Cleangreen is that CG recognises and appreciates it.

      • Mike the Lefty says:

        “I’m a taxpayer…”

        Well la de dah!
        Do you want a medal?
        We all pay tax actually, but not all of us listen to an opinionated jerk telling us how he represents us whilst secretly despising us.

      • CLEANGREEN says:

        imright again your’e wrong again,

        I am a pensioner and at 73.

        clean up your clumbsy intel you make yourself look silly.

        I can see throught through the likes of you creep.

        Merry xmas.

      • Priss says:

        I’m a middle class taxpayer as well, Im right and guess what, Hosking did not “speak to me”. In fact, I found him loathsome, irritating, condescending, and just plain ignorant. In fact, much like other right-wingers who sit in judgement of others while rorting the system.

        Good riddance, I say.

  2. CLEANGREEN says:

    “The new Government has to demand more from our National Broadcaster.”

    Aint’ that right martyn, ‘truer words were never spoken’ now how do we wake Clare Curran up to do her job?

  3. Miles says:

    Wait till the next election and it won’t come down to
    ‘MMP is the only authority’ as opposed to the majority will of the people.
    That line spoke volumes, as Winston betrayed the majority vote and convention. He won’t get the chance ever again though, go Karma.

    • CLEANGREEN says:

      dont sulk MILES,

      It doesnt fit your’e style.

      Merry xmas.

      Enjoy the life under a new era with labour.

  4. Im right says:

    Get over yourselves, your hatred of Hosking is showing up in your cognitive processing…sheesh 🙂

    • That’s interesting… When you right-wingers abuse media people like John Campbell or Kim Hill, you always fall back on the “My-Right-To-Free-Speech” cliche.

      But if we dare criticise one of your right-wing media personalities, you call it “hatred”?

      So free speech only works for you lot, does it? Not very ‘free’, is it.

    • CLEANGREEN says:

      I’m right with hating Hoskings he was a bloody twerp.

      Next will be the removal of Bully boy English.

      Just wait for it within two months from now.

  5. mosa says:

    I wonder how much his golden handshake will be ?

    It will be money well spent just to get rid of him.

    What is the bet he is working for Key.

    • CLEANGREEN says:

      MOSA Bully English always was working for John nKey, as was several crooked politicians who still hide in the corners of parliament, so Labour still needs to flush them all out.

  6. Kaya3 says:

    Hosking is a complete and utter tool. I have not watched TV One or read the Herald or listened to Newstalk ZB while he has been with them. It has been bliss.

    • CLEANGREEN says:

      Beautiful sight seeing Hoskings terring on tears.

      Bye bye Hoskings.

      Now Bill english and SS Joyce are next.