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Karl Du Fresne has a public baby waa-waa cry-session – part rua


Continued from: Karl Du Fresne has a public baby waa-waa cry-session

On 27 march, Karl Du Fresne had a bit of a public melt-down over Radio NZ, complaining,


RNZ's bias needs to be tackled

Acknowledgement: Fairfax Media – RNZ’s bias needs to be tackled


He accused Radio NZ on being a left wing organisation;

But on some programmes, a stubborn Left-wing bias persists.

Kim Hill is the worst offender. This is a problem for whoever runs RNZ, because she’s also its biggest name.

Chris Laidlaw lists to the Left too, as does Jeremy Rose, a journalist who frequently crops up on Laidlaw’s Sunday morning show. Rose appears to be on a lifelong mission to convince people that there are humane alternatives to nasty, heartless capitalism.

Acknowledgement: IBID

Part of the problem is that National Ministers regularly refuse to front on Radio NZ to explain government policy.  An example this morning was typical of National ministers ducking for cover whenever negative stories hit the media.

The Salvation Army will be closing services and making staff redundant, as government funding is cut for critical  social services;


Salvation Army warns of cuts to budgeting services

Acknowledgement: Radio NZ – Salvation Army warns of cuts to budgeting services


Cuts to services – such as provided by the Salvation Army – will hit the poorest; most down-trodden; people and their families, in our society. It would be like stealing coins from a blind beggar on the footpath.

All the while, National spends-up large on Tim Groser’s job-hunt at the WTO;


NZ First calls on Groser to refund travel costs

Acknowledgement: Radio NZ – NZ First calls on Groser to refund travel costs


And National’s colossal spend-up on consultants and witch-hunts is now legendary;


Consultancy culture' cost $525m last year - Labour

Acknowledgement: Radio NZ – ‘Consultancy culture’ cost $525m last year – Labour

PM defends money spent on MFAT leak

Acknowledgement: Radio NZ – PM defends money spent on MFAT leak


The above stories all reflect badly on National. But is it the fault of state-owned, Radio NZ? Is the broadcaster “left-leaning”, as Du Fresne charges?

Or, is the reason somewhat more prosaic?

So, Minister for Social Development, Paula Bennett, was invited to appear on Radio NZ’s “Checkpoint” this morning (29 April) to explain why funding for social services for organisations such as the Salvation Army, will be cut.

When Bennett was invited to front on “Checkpoint” – she refused. Instead she provided a written statement. (Well, wasn’t that ‘big’ of her?)

Hear: Radio NZ – Checkpoint – Labour speaks out against recession funding cuts


Paula Bennett - not prepared to front on RNZ.

Paula Bennett – too un-nerved to front on Radio NZ?


This is not the first (nor last) time that National Ministers have refused to front on Radio NZ. It happens with annoying regularity (with Dear Leader John Key being the worst offender).

On the other hand, Labour’s spokesperson on social issues, Jacinda Ardern, accepted an invitation to take part in the story.


Jacinda Ardern - accepted RNZ's invitation to take part in interview.

Jacinda Ardern – accepted Radio NZ’s invitation to take part in interview.


If Ministers like Bennett, Ket, et al, – whose salaries are paid by taxpayers – do not have the courage of their convictions to appear on TV, radio, or other media to explain their policies – then they are not worthy of our electoral support nor attention. They are a waste of space.

And right wing munters like Karl Du Fresne should have nothing to whinge about.



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  1. 29 April 2013 at 2:58 pm

    Nice post, but you may want to add another ‘o’ on Paula Bennet’s caption.

    • 29 April 2013 at 3:49 pm

      Thanks, Louis!

      It’s like having a hundred proof-readers assisting… 😀

  2. Elaine
    29 April 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Thats because most of the national Politicians are shit scared of Mary Wilson.The only Nat politician that can handle her is Steven Joyce,much to my annoyance.

  3. 29 April 2013 at 4:10 pm

    I call that a typing error Louis M – like thinking faster than ones typing ! It happens.
    $58b of gov debt I have moaned about in the past, from an inherited $10b govt debt from Labour, is now $68b and still growing…..what the hell are they spending it on besides Key and Grosser’s “Global Cocktail Circuit” chasing fame and fortune and hanging out with royalty and other nonsensical big whigs over the past 4-5 years. Now “spoilt rich boy” Bridges is threatening to pass a law to allow employers to drop “tea breaks” for their employees ! Isn’t life in parliament one long “tea break” if you judge by the number of MP’s NOT in the chamber during debates, coming together only during Q Time ? Do we have a time sheet on what they do over say, 1week,1 month for starters. How many holidays/breaks do they take ? I could go on but I would be starting to sound like those miserable wretches I am complaining about with a pinched ducks arse mouth!
    As for Bennett, she is the Irma Grese (google) of the Natz party…..hmmm? Collins? Parata? much of a mutchness.
    Tired of hearing about recession causing cuts – we were spared thanks to the strength of our OZ/China trade. Earthquake ? For every home policy holder a % of the monies goes into the Earthquake fund – since Napier Quake 1931 – there must be billions in there by now – in State Insurance – privatised of course – so what happened to the missing billions ? Re-insured with the global insurers ? Doubt it. Have yet to fathom the Official Information Act to find answers only to find large portions blocked out.
    Consultants – telling us what we already know and paid to know ! Add the PR – paid liars – spin doctors, Keys 4 Spooks 24/7 who surround him when in public and on holiday – that must add up. Small cheese when it comes to the big theft which is GST they used to help pay for the tax cuts for the wealthy. I would hate to see their spread sheets. My rave for today ! Cheers.

    • Priss
      29 April 2013 at 11:41 pm


      Keep up the raving mcclairy. It’s what most of us feel. At the next election my partner and I will both be going leaflet-delivering (me for the Greens, him for Labour). We’ll probably offer our front lawn for a billboard. (Wonder if we can have one of each?)

      Re, Karl du Fresne, he has a right cheek calling Radio NZ “biased”. He’s obviously a National supporter himself. So stuff him. Why should we take him seriously?

  4. K
    1 May 2013 at 12:28 pm

    Did anyone else think the first quote from Du Fresne sounded like a threat to RNZ, as in RNZ are depending on the gov to fund them so they had better watch what they say?

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