MEDIAWATCH: John Campbell’s devastating critique of Labour is Public Broadcasting at its greatest

If this latest brilliant work of journalism by John Campbell is the future of public broadcasting and investigative journalism in this country, we are safe.

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TRIGGER WARNING: The following journalism will trigger some. For National and ACT voters, John’s journalism will shatter your stupid neoliberal myths, for Labour voters, John’s journalism will shatter your tribalism for Jacinda, and for the woke, having to listen to a heteronormative white cis male drop truth bombs will trigger you, that said, the Wellington Feminist collective have made John an honorary women, so that should soften the intersectionalist wheel of grievance some what. 

If this latest brilliant work of journalism by John Campbell is the future of public broadcasting and investigative journalism in this country, we are safe.

From the beautiful design and lay out, to the clever use of imagery and just enough interaction to benefit the story rather than eclipse it, John’s damning indictment on the way Labour and National have left the poor to rot is angering, righteous journalism that does more to bring insight and oversight to the poorest parts of our community than 7 Sharp or The Project have ever managed to do collectively in the years they’ve both been running.

John is such a cultural treasure of a broadcaster, he forensically highlights all the things that everyone of us who have been fighting poverty have brought up, and that is Labour have failed us.

He goes further and highlights the legacy damage caused by National as well.

Labour have not implemented ANY of the 42 recommendations by WEAG to help the poorest amongst us and that’s because it doesn’t matter who is the Government, Labour or National – it just doesn’t matter because the neoliberal Wellington bureaucratic elite ensure there can never be any Bernie Sander’s left wing populism as welfare policy ever.

They will shut it down and claw it back and continue to treat the vulnerable as scum.

If the poor are too frightened to ask the State for help, then it saves us money, that’s their ideological position.

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John’s fearless journalism reminds us that Labour have failed the poor and that if Jacinda can’t show us real transformation then we must use the Greens and the Maori Party to force bottom lines for a Government post 2023 or start our own political party.

 

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17 COMMENTS

  1. Too little too late Johnny.

    What – you finally stopped drinking the Koolaid, sniffed the wind and guessed the majority are over the cult of Jacinda?

    For months you sat with your legs crossed in a submissive pose, gobbled down every narrative from the government and shilled for our Glorious Leader while being a woke, white middle class male and ignoring the building slow train wreck that is our country.

    In fairness Bomber called out shit on the left when he saw it. Campbell didn’t for 2 years. Fuck him and his newly discovered horse.

    • It’s been proven that John Campbell lost his job under both National and Labour so it’s questionable what kind of jobs programmes they’re running.

      NZs own border security has been picking up pandemic level disease at the borders for years. Why these national security risk alerts didn’t motivate action could not possible fall on a journalist.

    • ” In fairness Bomber called out shit on the left when he saw it. Campbell didn’t for 2 years. Fuck him and his newly discovered horse ”

      Yeah I think you may well be correct.

  2. well…. a usually reliable member of the nz media chorus line speaks up a bit…everything he says is spot on, can only assume it was approved in the expectation of a jacinda hit piece but he was remarkably even handed.

    one thing and it’s his style so nothing new but I don’t need to hear johns personal feel feels about seeing an empty fridge, I know it’s supposed to engage as personal interest..but john mate I’m not your therapist…justified anger beats folksy schmaltz everytime.

    all in all though give him his due best bit of nz journalism in a while.

  3. I can dig it. A close female friend of mine afforded me the title of honorary Lesbian.
    “John’s fearless journalism…” can’t be that fearless because he isn’t in jail or in exile with Edward Snowden and Julian Assange and he’s not dead like Shireen Abu Akleh.
    I’ve watched Aunty John for some years and what I see is a fellow highly allergic to bullseyes.
    Is this building up to be yet another of those times where accusations fly, dust is stirred but all that happens is that the deep state, beyond political reproach crooks emerge freshly laundered?
    I hope I’m wrong. Let’s see.

    • @CB or Steven Donziger, who was electronically tagged placed under ‘house arrest’ for two years then finally sentenced for 6 months on a trumped up misdemeanor charge. His crime? he helped win the historic $9.5 billion judgment against Chevron for deliberate pollution of the Ecuadorian Amazon.

      Credit to Campbell though, this might help burst a few woke bubbles and mobilise enough people, through concern or embarrassment into making a tangible difference.

  4. “if Jacinda can’t show us real transformation then we must use the Greens and the Maori Party to force bottom lines for a Government post 2023”

    Ah Martyn, you’re still trying to drink whisky from a bottle of kombucha. You’re going to love the Greens’ and MP’s bottom lines in any negociations with LINO:

    Greens: “We want a new Rainbow Ministry!”

    MP: “We want a special secret police unit to hunt down white supremacists!”

  5. I wasnt quite so impressed with this piece. Yes, it said the government had failed but it also really lay into the National party. Deservedly but the government got off comparatively lightly.

    To me, it felt more about John Campbell sound bites and a platform for him to show he’s still relevant and less about being as compelling as it should be. The Govt has hung these people out to dry. People desperately need help now and Jacinda said that would be their priority (Years ago). Where are the warm, dry low income homes? Where is the CPI linked accommodation supplements and tax bracket adjustments? Why are so many people having to go without food? $3 petrol and climbing. Climate change is important but I’m darn sure we are not going to be seeing GST off food (and if its such a bad idea, why do many other countries do it?) in the budget. Money for kerbside food waste infrastructure when kids go hungry. And as usual light targets for agriculture.

  6. It probably wasn’t the takeaway John Campbell intended but the lasting impression I got listening to his report was a countries economy, such as NZ’s, is completely out of kilter if it requires infusion of taxpayer money to citizens, just so they can survive. And that is people actually working. This dog chasing its tail can never win or fix anything.

    Anyone stuck on some form of income support like this is hooked on a insidious drug that means they can never be free to escape the rut they are slowly sinking into.

  7. If the National Party opposed raising the minimum wage on both occasions then their faux outrage about Kiwis suffering a financial crisis is nothing but pure bullshit.

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