The manner in which Todd Muller seems to have purposely misled the NZ public needs to be examined, exposed and compared.
Muller KNEW on Tuesday that Boag was lying when she said she had only sent information to Walker because Woodhouse had told him that he had also been sent emails by Boag.
Woodhouse destroys the emails on Monday when the inquiry is announced and here is what Muller says two days AFTER knowing Woodhouse had been contacted…
JOURNALIST: Was Michelle Boag a source for Michael Woodhouse? Have you spoken to him?
MULLER: Ah no I look again I don’t really understand where you’re going with this.
JOURNALIST: Have you checked with Woodhouse specifically whether he received that same information from Boag?
MULLER: Ah no.
…what Muller is trying to say now after he was caught out misleading here is that the information wasn’t exactly the same as Boag had sent Walker, but you can all see how outrageous a misrepresentation that is!
Muller KNEW Boag had sent Woodhouse similar information two days before he’s assuring Journalists that Woodhouse wasn’t sent anything by Boag.
Check around the media today and you’ll see a couple of opinion pieces tsk taking Muller and that’s it. No headlines demanding Muller resigns, no headlines demanding accountability, no real pointing out that the leader of the Opposition openly deceived us.
Now just pause and consider what the mainstream media would be doing if Jacinda had been caught out lying about David clark. Let’s say she knew when he admitted his bike race that there had been the second event as well and then got caught out knowing that so that she was in the exact same hole Muller has dug himself.
Under this scenario, the NZ Herald would be demanding Jacinda’s immediate resignation while declaring civil war, Tova O’Brien would start a hunger strike outside Jacinda’s electoral office until she stepped down as PM and Mike Hosking would be threatening an on air suicide unless Jacinda accepted life inside prison for 10 years.
Think I’m being hyperbolic?
Consider this Al Jazeera opinion piece that has looked at the incredible success NZ had had in keeping the virus out of NZ, yet compares that with the blood screaming of the NZ mainstream media…
The New Zealand government’s COVID-19 response was a success story, national media’s coverage of it was not.
New Zealand’s health minister, David Clark, has been forced to resign and the nation’s hyperactive media have claimed their latest scalp. In the middle of a pandemic, no less.
Unseemly as the media’s months-long hit on Clark was – a classic example of trial by media – it was consistent with the borderline misconduct that has defined much of the reporting throughout the COVID-19 crisis.
While the response to the pandemic threat from the national capital, Wellington, can be held aloft, for now, as a rare success story in a world of disarray, the machinations of much of the nation’s media leaves much to be desired.
Taken over time, New Zealand’s reporters have appeared focused on managing perceptions, berating and cajoling a fearful public on numerous fronts. In doing so, and from the earliest stages of a four-level alert system, public health concerns have been eclipsed by a clamouring commentariat, all seeking to score political points and undermine the government’s health-first priorities.
A case can be made that the nation’s media, laundering many of the opposition’s attack lines and big business talking points, have repeatedly endangered public health.
This was driven not only by the country’s clutch of prominent Fox News-style commentators – Mike Hosking, Heather du Plessis-Allan and Duncan Garner – each of whom hawks anger and division to drive ratings, but by senior reporters and editors.
…we’ve had 3 people abscond in quarantine and that gets all the focus and we never acknowledge the 30 000 we have successfully processed with no community transmission breaking out.
We get angry at the Covid Karen’s magical mystery tour of the North Island, but our truth is still no community transmission.
Michael Woodhouse lies about a homeless man getting 5 star hotel treatment yet the media still carry the lie.
The media all reported the criticisms National made about the latest security bungled until it became obvious that Boag had leaked that information.
Time and time and time again the very mainstream media begging you constantly for donations to keep their ‘journalism’ alive have misled and fed your fear for click bait advertising.
To use a Covid analogy, National are the virus but the mainstream media are the super spreaders.
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