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What a gutless wanker you are, Paul Henry…!


paul henry matt mccarten tv3 26 february 2014


Our household watched the Paul Henry Show on Thursday night (26 February). Henry’s guest was Matt McCarten – freshly appointed as David Cunliffe’s Chief of Staff.

McCarten’s reputation was such that there was intense media interest in the appointment, and quite rightly so. Matt McCarten is a shrewd, experienced, clever political activist, tactician, and (when necessary) butt-kicker.

Henry put questions to Matt McCarten. Matt McCarten answered each and every one very well. Watch the interview here.

What followed the conclusion of the interview absolutely astounded and disgusted us. After Henry had thanked McCarten for appearing on his show, and the link to the  Wellington studio was closed, Henry turned to another camera and read out this statement,

“Matt McCarten who once said “I can’t escape the feeling that he” – meaning David Cunliffe – “has the same phoniness as the Republican  US presidential nominee, Mitt Romney. His every nuance and action seems calculated.” You be the judge. We’ll watch and see him change.”

What a vile, cowardly thing to do; to read out an editorial statement  after closing the interview, and not saying it straight to McCarten’s face. It was a shocking, shabby,  way to treat a guest on his show.






TV3: The Paul Henry Show – 26 Feb 2014?




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  1. Andre Capper
    27 February 2014 at 6:43 am

    Gutless alright. No wonder the Aussies got rid of him.

  2. 27 February 2014 at 9:54 am

    I will never forget Maggie Barry doing the same thing to Helen Clark back when Barry had the Nine-to-Noon show. Rude, cowardly and revolting.

    • 27 February 2014 at 8:52 pm

      Indeed, Alma.

      And Maggie Barry subsequently became a National MP. Talk about conflict of interest! (But critics of Shane Taurima forget that little bit of history!)

  3. 27 February 2014 at 12:58 pm

    I get so sick of these far right main stream media people using dirty tactics like this to try and override the end of a perfectly good interview that finished strong and showed good moves and solidarity for Labour.

  4. Deb Kean
    27 February 2014 at 4:43 pm

    Yes, and 3 News made a meal out of Paul Henry’s statement, reporting it as sober fact, with the lamentable Tober O’Brien making a full Labour meltdown out of it.

  5. 3 March 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Barry, Henry, and their like are of the same ilk. Highly paid ego trippers; goldfish trapped in a cocktail glass, seeing and caring nothing for the world beyond their own tiny little globe.

  6. Dr Manhatten
    4 December 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Considering that Henry has stood as a NATIONAL PARTY candidate, I’m hardly surprised at his openly partisan stance. TVNZ and TV3 should have nothing more to do with him. Especially when it comes to current affairs interviews. He has shown his bias.

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