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Waiting for Gower’s Twittering of indignation…

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20-september

 

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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;

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Deals show contempt, says Labour

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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;

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Patrick gower - twitter - laila harre - mana internet party alliance

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Patrick gower - twitter - laila harre - mana internet party alliance (2)

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Will Gower make the same expressions of outrage at National?

What are the odds?

Postscript

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.

Why?

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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References

Radio NZ:  Deals show contempt, says Labour

TV3: Opinion – Dotcom does Key a Winston favour

Previous related blogposts

Patrick Gower – losing his rag and the plot

 


 

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david cunliffe stood up on the issue of domestic violence

Above image acknowledgment: Francis Owen/Lurch Left Memes

This blogpost was first published on The Daily Blog on 29 July 2014.

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  1. Emilio
    6 August 2014 at 9:55 am

    I thought journalists were supposed to report the news, not get involved and pass judgement? Silly me.

    Well, Mr Gower, I’ll vote for whomever I damn well like and if you want to enter the political foray, then stand as a candidate. Until then, kindly STFU.

  2. Ms X
    7 August 2014 at 1:00 pm

    I work with Gower. He’s a self-opinionated little creep. And his BO leaves a lot to be desired as well. EEEEEW!

  1. 24 September 2014 at 6:26 am
  2. 29 September 2014 at 8:01 am

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