FINALLY there is a reason to watch The AM Show.
One of the great problems with all political coverage in this country is far right stormtrooper are always put up against polite left wingers who get whipped which gives the viewing population the perception that the Left is weak.
It happens on every political panel show in NZ and it happens in every media landscape. Look at the Troll Farm over at the Herald with Hawkesby, Hosking, du Plessis-Allan, Hooton and Soper up against Lizzie Marvelly on her 1000th column on how shit men are and Simon Wilson’s 2000th column on the importance of cycle lanes. Terribly important subjects for sure, but it’s children wearing bike helmets going up against feral hyenas with machine guns.
And this is called, ‘balance’ in NZ.
That’s why what happened on The AM Show last Friday was so important, for the first time in NZ media history, a Left wing head kicker was finally put on up against the Death Star that is Judith Collins.
Willie Jackson went one on one with Judith Collins and if he had simply stated that Paula Bennett and Housing NZ were told by the NZ Drug Foundation in 2016 that they were misreading their own policy and that Housing NZ agreed in 2016 that they were misreading their own policy, Willie Jackson would have knocked Judith Collins clean off the screen.
It was fiery, it was funny and it finally had a Left wing commentator who could go one on one with Judith. Phil Twyford is so polite it’s painful and bloody Stuart Nash effectively hoped up on Judith’s knee and purred for the entire 10 minutes the week before this.
If The AM Show keeps Willie Jackson on up against Judith we will finally have an actual debate between Left and Right that is for the first time in NZ history balanced.