Right Wing Media attacking Jacinda for ‘weakness’ over Meka

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These same pundits who are decrying Jacinda based on an allegation would have also had Awanui Black hung drawn and quartered using the same logic.

It’s funny how all the right wing media pundits are criticizing Jacinda for being weak on ‘Meka’ based on a mere allegation…

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..it’s like everyone of those pundits forgot the Awanui Black peadophile allegations that had no evidence whatsoever.

These same pundits who are decrying Jacinda based on an allegation would have also had Awanui Black hung drawn and quartered using the same logic.

Social media and the ability to make any accusation you like seems to have impacted on mainstream media by creating the same breathless and unquestioning belief of any allegation anyone makes.

The Salam Witch Trials of the late 1600s allowed accusation to be the evidential threshold, it didn’t work out well for them.

What Jacinda is doing is called ‘due process’, it is not weakness.

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12 Comments

  1. CLEANGREEN says:

    “It’s funny how all the right wing media pundits are criticizing Jacinda for being weak on ‘Meka’ based on a mere allegation…”

    Well it’s a stark departure from the ‘wet bus ticket’ the media used over the ‘Clare Curran scandal’ eh Martyn?

    Clare Curran was the worst injury to Labour’s chances of getting the public voice out to the electorate but Claire Curran cunningly killed the ‘new free to air TV public affairs channel didnt she when we needed it so much at this time of ‘transformational change’?

  2. The media’s instatiable thirst for Instant Headlines (in this case calling for the instant sacking of Meka Whaitiri) is a no-win “game” for Ms Ardern.

    If she sacked Ms Whaitiri instantly, the next headlines would be “Panicking Prime Minister!”; “No Natural Justice for Ardern’s Regime”; “Judge, Jury, Executioner – the PM’s Way!”, etc.

    We all know this is what what happen. It’s what sells advertising; the immediacy of political drama. And nothing is quite so immediate as a ministerial sacking; on the spot; no questions asked.

    Lisa Owen put the same thing to Willie Jackson on The Nation yesterday. Mr Jackson, to his credit remained firm on the principles of due process and natural justice.

    Make no mistake, if the allegations are proven, then Ms Whaitiri must resign – not just from her Ministerial portfolios, but from Parliament altogether.

    But we’re nowhere close to that. And the media breathlessly urging Ms Ardern on to irresponsible actions does not help.

    I wonder… what would be the response of the media if one of their own was accused of assaulting another person, and that person was sacked immediatly without natural justice? They’d be all over it like flies on fresh dogshit.

  3. Andrew says:

    “Right Wing Media”

    Really?

    I think you’ve lost your bearings Martyn.

    • bert says:

      Where were they on Todd Barclay and Judith Collins, O’Sullivan was still unwrapping her arms from around Key.

    • Trevor says:

      Its common knowledge in parliamentary circles that a previous National cabinet minister assaulted one of her staff. The staff member was paid a substantial sum of money.

      • Sam Sam says:

        The avatar known as Andrew can’t handle it when we drop one on him because he’s psychologically weak and confused, signalled by his over the top use of the humble question mark.

  4. Jack Ramaka says:

    Let’s go through the process and wait for the facts to come out ?

    Trial by media does not do anyone any good ?

    The Press leak nonsense without the facts especially if it damages the current Government ?

    Remember the NZ Press is owned by the Tories ?

    • Mjolnir says:

      +1

      The medua are BREATHLESS in their manic pursuit of a “gotcha” headline!! No wonder that narcissistic fool in the White House manages to get away with dismissing the msm as “enemies of the people”.

      The msm need to learn to exercise a measure of restraint.

  5. Michelle says:

    Oh! what short memories those national politicians have

  6. Nick Stone says:

    Strip away the politics in play, and the media spin.

    Occam’s razor.

    She did it.