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Sparks fly with yet more shocking right wing nuttery…

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It’s a funny old world we live in…

On the one hand,  the likes of Karl du Fresne  denounce Radio NZ as a left-wing organisation;  journalists are branded “leftist”; and  media pundits  feel the need to defend journos from being labelled as “left wing partisans” – whilst at the same time openly partisan, right-wing columnists like John Armstrong and  Fran O’sullivan are (mostly) unchallenged as  they spread their pro-National messages.

Armstrong’s recent column was nothing more or less than an unpaid Party political broadcast (for National, in case there was any doubt),

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Get-tough Greens preparing for battle

Acknowledgment: NZ Herald -Get-tough Greens preparing for battle

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Out of 31 paragraphs, Armstrong dripped political diarrhoea from nearly every one. Even the Greens’ democratic process took a hammering,

“So much for democracy. Not that too many at the conference seemed to mind. By all accounts, the motion to streamline the party’s antiquated remit system easily obtained the required 75 per cent backing to effect a change to the party’s standing orders.”

Pardon moi?! WTF?!

The Greens “easily obtained the required 75 per cent backing to effect a change to the party’s standing orders” – and Armstrong still derides the process with a curt “So much for democracy”? He thinks that a  75% acceptance of a remit isn’t democractic?!

I think if the Nats had won 75% of the vote in 2011, Armstrong would be spinning a completely different story. He would’ve wet his incontinence-knickers at such a result.

It’s fairly self-evident that  Armstrong’s pro-National leanings have clouded his judgement to such a degree that he no longer recognises when his diatribes are  bizarre, biased – and quite frankly – bullshit. He isn’t the Herald’s “chief political commentator” – he’s National’s media-liaison/spin doctor.

It’s a wonder that his salary isn’t paid directly by National Party Head Office.

Armstrong also commented,

“National Party-aligned bloggers were not the only people asking in the wake of that attack who was being Muldoonist now.”

Well, actually, Mr Armstrong, not many people were asking that. Only you and your pals, the National Party-aligned bloggers.

Perhaps Mr Armstrong and the National Party-aligned bloggers should be a little less thin-skinned. If John Key can throw muck at Russell Norman and the Greens, I’m sure that our smile-and-wave Dear Leader John Key can take a few jibes thrown back at him. Or is the Prime Minister so weakened by constant criticism from the media, public, and Left that he desperately needs shielding from those Big Bad Bolshie Greens?!

Oh, the poor wee flower.

This next bit by Armstrong illustrates the desperation of the Right wing and their venal, lapdog journos,

Norman appeared to offer further evidence of that later in the week when he rounded on the chairman of the Electricity Authority, Brent Layton.”

“Rounded”?!

Good lord, did Russell actually bite that poor man, Brent Layton?! Russell by name, Russell by breed?!

Whatever did Layton do to deserve such a “rounding”?!

Oh yeah. This,

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Power authority head attacks Greens-Labour electricity plan

Acknowledgment: NBR -Power authority head attacks Greens-Labour electricity plan

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Aside from the curious situation of a State sector CEO making political comments which are outside his purview, it seems clear that far from being the innocent injured party in an unprovoked political attack – Russell Norman was responding to an under-handed, well-planned, partisan assault on the Greens and Labour from Mr Layton himself.

As Norman said – and with considerable truth, I might add,

“Dr Layton’s extraordinary foray into political debate is nothing more than a National Party-appointed civil servant who has failed to do his job and is now trying to protect his patch.”

Perhaps if Layton can’t stand the political heat, he should stick to his role as a civil servant running a government department. Being a well paid civil servant for the Electricity Authority, he should be over-seeing lower power prices for all New Zealanders – but instead has  done the bidding of powercos and stood by as electricity prices continue their inexorable climb.

After the 2014 election, this may not be a problem for Mr Layton. He will no doubt be “persuaded” to seek employment elsewhere.

So basically, what we have with Armstrong’s “column” is National Party propaganda spin with a bit of Green-bashing thrown in . Simon Lusk, Cameron Slater, and David Farrar  couldn’t have organised it better. (Or, maybe they did?)

The only question that remains to be answered: why is the NZ Herald paying John Armstrong’s salary?

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  1. di\
    26 June 2013 at 9:00 am

    Any well informed citizen watching question time would know that National treats opposition parties with disdain and contempt. Insults are hurled rather than questions answered and the Speaker facilitates the destruction of democracy. Which is why John Armstrong et al perform the important task of misleading, misinforming and obfuscating. Well informed citizens are a threat nipped in the bud.

  2. Gosman
    26 June 2013 at 9:04 am

    “Only you and your pals, the National Party-aligned bloggers.”

    Not quite Frank.

    BTW did you catch the latest poll?

    • Strawberry Paddocks
      26 June 2013 at 11:34 am

      “Only you and your pals, the National Party-aligned bloggers.”

      “Not quite Frank.”

      Who else was there? Seems to me it was a beat-up by Tories and their media lap-dogs. If anyone else commented, let us know, Gosman, because I missed it.

      • Gosman
        26 June 2013 at 1:29 pm

        http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/opinion/editorials/8750233/Editorial-Muldoon-echo-in-Green-attack

        Unless you are arguing The Christchurch Press is a National Party aligned blog in disguise.

        • Theodore
          27 June 2013 at 12:31 pm

          Their editorial positions are so right wing, they might as well be National blogs. They sure aren’t pro-Labour or pro-Green.

      • Gosman
        26 June 2013 at 1:36 pm

        Here’s one from The Dompost

        http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/comment/editorials/8754749/Editorial-Off-key-attack-revealing-of-Greens

        This bit is especially pertinent I think.

        “The curious thing about Dr Norman’s attack is that it is he who has resorted to the Muldoonist tactic of attacking the man and Mr Key who has responded by playing the issue.”

        • Theodore
          27 June 2013 at 12:34 pm

          So what? Fairfax is known to be pro-National and hostile to Labour and the Greens. All you’re doing is proving it. Doing a good job to.

          After all, I sure as hell didn’t see anyone at Fairfax condemning Key for calling the Greens “dopey”. Or did I mess that, Gosman?

          C’mon, Gos, you have to do better than that. They’ve been kicking your butt over at The Daily Blog, so don’t expect to get away with your shit here.

          • Gosman
            27 June 2013 at 3:41 pm

            I think the quote was made in context of only being relevant to John Armstrong and the National aligned blogs. Of course you could take the view that two if the three major metropolitan dailies in the country are also included in this. It is curious then that Frank seems fine with reposting articles from these supposedly partisan news organisations, (as evidence for the National led Governments failures), on a regular basis.

            • 28 June 2013 at 12:43 pm

              It is curious then that Frank seems fine with reposting articles from these supposedly partisan news organisations, (as evidence for the National led Governments failures), on a regular basis.

              Nothing “curious” about it at all. I source my information from a wide variety of sources.

        • Priss
          27 June 2013 at 2:49 pm

          I think you’ve proven Frank’s point very well!! LOL!!! 😀

  3. Theodore
    27 June 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Typo; ‘mess’ should be “miss”

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