Wellington Central’s new MP Tamatha Paul has revealed why she wouldn’t talk to Mike Hosking during his election night coverage.
The Green candidate won the seat convincingly over the weekend, however refused to be interviewed by Newstalk ZB’s Breakfast Host when asked.
Tamatha was right to deny Hosking an interview. He isn’t a broadcaster, he’s an Alpha Right Wing Troll who is out for gotchas and the one of chance to maul her.
Where she is wrong in how she turned it down because there is strategic advantage here.
Hosking doesn’t have Willie Jackson or Chloe on regularly because he’s intimidated at being proven wrong in his echo chamber. He only invites on people he can dominate and humiliate.
He also has the largest radio audience in the country.
As the Greens new role as the Leader of the Opposition starts to formulate in the wake of Labour’s meltdown, they will need to start planning right now how they maximise that.
Tamatha should have said, “Kia ora Mike, thank you for the invitation but I will turn it down because in the past you have shown yourself to be more interested in creating heat than light on any issue and the Greens aren’t interested in pointless arguments. We want to have conversations so if you are open to real ongoing debate I will accept a weekly slot with you on ZB to facilitate a conversation rather than a one off argument. If you are prepared for that, let me know’.
Gaining a foothold into the right wing media empire of NZME to successfully run circles around Hosking weekly is the kind of strategic thinking the Greens need to step up with as they become the new Leader of the Opposition because cancelling media works for the Wellington Woke on Twitter (aren’t they all on Mastodon now?) but woke cancellation doesn’t work in the real world.
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