Peters, who has repeatedly complained about reporters not paying him enough attention, was asked to comment for this story. However, he did not respond to Stuff’s request for an interview.
He did speak to The Platform on Tuesday. During the interview, he agreed he was “at war” with the press gallery and mainstream media.
“We’re going to keep on going. We’ll see who wins,” he said.
After screaming conspiracy theories for his new conspiracy theory supporters regarding the Journalism Fund used to bribe all media, Winston is now on Culture War Media declaring ‘war’ against the media.
Let’s be clear, I wrote last year that there absolutely were problems with the way NZ on Air handed out money in this fund and blogged that the cultural guidelines acted as an editorial policy, but NZ on Air’s attempt to ensure public money wasn’t spent on anything racist did not amount to bribery as Winston claims and the public broadcasting content generated never amounted to editorial control.
Sure, there was an enormous amount of woke wank generated…
This woke cavalcade of poorly viewed taxpayer funded content created with all the same intellectual rigor of your average suburban Wellington mommy blogger trigger thresholds has produced an editorial team who are in a daily struggle session to prove who hates heteronormative white cis males the most.
…but to pretend that mediocrity amounts to bribery is not a critical evaluation of how NZ on Air spent that money, it is a move out of Trumps ‘fake news’ playbook and that is why we should all recoil in horror at what Winston is truly trying to do here.
You want a debate about the woke wank NZ on Air has funded? Let’s do that!
You want a debate about how we fund public broadcasting journalism and its fundamental fourth estate obligations? Let’s do that!
You want to a debate about journalistic standards? Let’s do that!
But to falsely claim the entire media were bribed into carrying Jacinda’s dark vaccination message is a conspiracy theory only believed by fuckwits.
Winston is starting a war with the media for the exact same reason Trump did, to challenge objective truth and twist it into whatever Winston wants it to be.
That is vastly more dangerous to the political culture than poorly viewed publicly funded woke content from NZ on Air.
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