I like Ryan Bridges as an interviewer because he has that unique talent of being intelligent enough to listen to the answer and then ask a real time critical question to that answer.
It makes for interviews where you actually learn something.
No one likes to wake up sad each day and with TVNZ Breakfast still in mourning over the loss of John Campbell, AM Show ratings have surged and that jump in audience share has unleashed Ryan’s passions which seem to be:
- The National Party
- Real estate
- Christopher Luxon
- His suits
- No capital gains tax ever
- How great our farmers are and why it’s mean to pick on them
- Mortgage repayments
- and comments about women that only gay men can get away with.
He’s the whole sponsorship package for TV 3 Breakfast advertisers.
Watching his smug chops get smacked into next weekend by Chloe on today’s must watch AM Show panel was upsetting and I spilled my tea!
One of the best TV events each week in NZ is the David Seymour/Chloe Swarbrick weekly AM Show panel debate and todays episode was bruising even for their usual standard of argument.
I thought watching David try to calmly explain how many dead rats he is prepared to swallow for NZ First and whether Winston demands that he says, “Thank you for the candy master”, after swallowing each dead rat would be the most entertaining part of todays panel.
I was wrong.
Chloe smashed Ryan Bridges and David Seymour in the debate on Palestine.
With as many as 20 000 Palestinian dead so far, a number far in excess of all the civilians Russia has killed in almost 2 years of war in the Ukraine, Ryan and David wanted to play the ‘it’s-all-the-fault-of Hamas-nothing-to-do-with-innocent-Israel’ game but Chloe wasn’t having any of that!
Ryan told her not to raise her voice.
She said he was being condescending.
She pointed out that demanding a ceasefire first before calling for the release of the hostages is an imbecilic argument because the IDF are killing tens of the thousands of people right now, 65% of whom are children and women!
This is a technical war crime happening in real time and David and Ryan want to conflate the hostage release on par with halting immediate and technical war crimes?
The IDF are committing an ongoing war crime, up to 20 000 Palestinians have been killed, that’s more in 6 weeks than Russia has managed in almost 2 years!
You can’t justify ongoing war crimes as a response to war crimes committed against you!
What Hamas did was barbaric, but more barbarism isn’t a justification!
The response has to be proportional and what the IDF are doing in Gaza is a technical war crime!
That’s not proportional by any sense of the imagination.
Chloe showed why she is an intellectual power house, why she has true political courage and why she should be the next co leader of the Greens!
Meanwhile the National/ACT/NZF hustle is still frozen in time doing nothing but playing to their venal self interests and egos.
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