I’m sorry, what?
There is evidence of it already in our online political discourse. Any criticism of the Government’s policies and measures is met with a wave of venom.
Even gentle questioning – by opponents, interest groups or the media – is seen as a personal attack on Ardern.
That’s because when people blindly align themselves to one party and their leader, they tend to overlook the negative effects of their decisions.
Those who seek to hold Ardern to account over flu vaccines, personal protective equipment in the health system, or confusion about restrictions, are villainised or strafed with ‘whataboutism.’
Social media enhances this by creating an echo chamber of us vs them.
…this is priceless on so many levels.
1 – This is the Journalist who insinuated (based on a bullshit whaleoil level piece of journalism on The Spinoff last year) that the Prime Minister not only knew about a serious sexual assault but actually covered it up. An insinuation Vance had to back peddle from after key parts of the Spinoff story proved to be false. Pulling leaders off pedestals is one thing, dragging them needlessly through the sewer another.
2 – The only reason Vance is pissed is because the woke lynch mob she normally appeals to have turned on her and her journalist mates. NZ Journalist are appalling on Twitter with all their chummy guffaws and inside joke backslapping. They love the wave of adoration from the woke their work produces, now that woke lynch mob have turned on them, suddenly it’s a problem.
3 – The reason people are feeling so passionate and fierce is because there is a wide spread belief amongst those who have experienced this shared moment that Jacinda saved us from a fate we are seeing play out in the UK and America. When an electorate feel you have actually saved their lives, they are grateful and criticism of that needs to be respectful.
Now – is Jacinda infallible? No. of course not, there have been screw ups, TDB who was first on the media scene in NZ pointing out that this mysterious Chinese virus was a serious event have detailed those screw ups and we’ve never pulled our punches in that criticism because TDB don’t give two shits what the woke say about us on Twitter.
You can be both appreciative of the job Jacinda has done WHILE also be scathing about parts of it that have been wrong. The difference is not caring what others say about you voicing your opinion.
TDB will always speak its mind regardless of what the alt-right or woke left say.
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