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Dear Leader – shoots from the lip. Again.

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Once again, Dear Leader has passed judgement on an issue;

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Jeers for Governor-General at Waitangi

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At 3.33pm, The NZ Herald reported Key as saying,

Having a few protesters or radicals effectively jostling the Governor-General is undignified, it’s unwarranted and, frankly, outright wrong.”

That’s despite  Governor-General, Sir Jerry Mateparae, stating via Twitter that he had not been jostled. Note the time;

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governor general - waitangi day - john key

Source: Twitter – Governor General of NZ

Hat Tip: The Daily Blog: Will msm grill Key over misleading Waitangi comments the way they did Cunliffe’s Best Start?

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Finally, by late afternoon, Key was forced to admit that his condemnation was  based on incorrect information;

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PM backs away from Waitangi comments

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The damage, though,  was done and many New Zealanders will have heard only the words “Waitangi”, “Governor General”; “jostled”; and “protestors” and reaffirmed their preconceived prejudices.

Racists and other right-wing nutjobs will be feasting on the carcass of this media-beat-up and Key’s ill-considered, rush-to-judgement. But then, the media love Waitangi Day for the headline-generating stories and advertising it sells, and for politicians – it’s Election Year.

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References

The Daily Blog: Will msm grill Key over misleading Waitangi comments the way they did Cunliffe’s Best Start?

Radio NZ: Jeers for Governor-General at Waitangi

NZ Herald: Waitangi celebrations start with scuffle

Radio NZ: PM backs away from Waitangi comments

Twitter – Governor General of NZ

Additional

Fairfax media: PM’s comments called overblown

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Above image acknowledgment: Francis Owen

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  1. Mooloo magic
    4 February 2014 at 8:46 pm

    If David Cunliffe, Russell Norman, Metira Turei told such outrageous lies; the likes of Gower, Garner, Williams, Hoskings, Hooten, Farrier, Slater, O’Sullivan, Armstrong, Watkins, Plunkett would be beside themselves with outrage. When it’s Dear Leader it is conveniently ignored and these hacks have the audacity to call themselves journalists. Key and the Nats do get such an easy ride from the MSM it’s just a shame middle New Zealand seems not to notice.

  2. 4 February 2014 at 9:42 pm

    The proof of that, Mooloo, was Cunliffe’s mistake over entitlements for Labour’s “Best Start” policy-release.

    The media were all over him like flies on a fresh cow-patty for that mistake.

    Key get’s a free ride our of shit-city.

  1. 5 February 2014 at 7:50 am
  2. 7 February 2014 at 7:11 pm

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