What the fuck is this new madness?
Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters continued his war on the media today, blaming it for allowing the long Auckland Covid-19 lockdown.
What the Zombie Jesus is this madness now?
He’s gone from falsely claiming the entire media were bribed by the $55million Journalism Fund to falsely claiming the media were somehow complicit in the Auckland lockdown???
In the conspiracy theory swamp Winston now calls home…
…QAnon feral antivaxx conspiracy theorists believe Jacinda bribed the Media to buy into the vaccine so everyone would be tricked into being vaccinated for some weird shadowy one world government run by a cabal of satanic child molesters to take over NZ.
It’s like the conspiracy allegation that Jacinda knew about the Christchurch shooting which she secretly engineered to allow so she could ban guns.
It’s like Winston’s conspiracy theory that Harry Tam took a covid infected prostitute through Auckland checkpoints.
It’s like Winston’s claim of bribing the media. 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.
To now claim that it was the media’s fault we had the second lockdown is utterly disconnected from reality!
On the pandemic, Peters said: “If they [the media] are so concerned about the state of the economy with respect to their industry, why did they allow the second dramatic lockdown with only one case in Auckland of our biggest commercial sector in the country in terms of volume and number?”
The decision to lock dow nAuckland was based on the best medical and scientific advice we had, it wasn’t a conspiracy with the media to trick Auckland into a lockdown, for Winston to suggest this is actual senility!
Chris Luxon is the weakest Political Leader of the National Party since Todd Muller.
This madness can’t last 3 years.
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