Waiting for Gower’s Twittering of indignation…
Key has made his call; deals with ACT and Peter Dunne are in – a deal with the CCCP (Colin Craig’s Conservative Party), is out;
Now we can look forward to TV3’s political commentator, Patrick Gower, posting tweets of outrage at Key’s machinations – just as he did two months ago. On 29 May, Gower was scathing at the alliance between Mana and the Internet Party;
Will Gower make the same expressions of outrage at National?
What are the odds?
It seems obvious that Gower has a personal thing against Mana and Kim Dotcom.
His most recent utterances on 29 July made that perfectly clear, when he has again stated,
“And David Cunliffe has repeatedly and pointedly refused to rule out working with Internet-Mana to form a Government.”
At every opportunity, Gower has repeatedly demanded Cunliffe rule out working with Mana-Internet.
When a journalist demands that a political party make a definitive policy statement to rule out a potential coalition partner is not reporting the news – it is a naked attempt to influence it.
It is one thing to ask a party leader who they will/won’t deal with, post-election. That is a perfectly legitimate question to ask.
But to pressure a party leader to rule out a potential coalition partner?
Gower has stepped beyond the bounds of what is acceptable journalism. It is not his job to dictate to any party leader who they should/shouldn’t coalesce with. His job is simply to report their decisions.
The rest is up to us, the people to evaluate that information.
Pull your head in, Paddy.
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This blogpost was first published on The Daily Blog on 29 July 2014.
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