3News cute girly... er, reporter, Rebecca Wright covers Phil Goff supposedly heaping praise on the PM in an intervew Wright found "strange" and "spectacularly off-message." What praise was Phil offering? Key is
"a very good politician"
"very good at photo opportunities"
"says what the public wants to hear"
To Wright, this is apparently not sticking the knife in and twisting it, it's "talking up the Prime Minister." At this point the phrase "The stupid! The stupid! It burns!" was passing through my mind, but on reflection it all makes perfect sense.
To the juvenile airheads reporting for TV news, Goff's statements genuinely were expressions of praise. It's not that they're stupid, it's just that for them, creating good photo opportunities and saying what the public wants to hear are the acme of excellence in politics - there is nothing more.
All of which is good reason not to get your political news from the TV...