Monday, May 16, 2016

On The Panama Papers Debacle

So the Labour Party stumbles on to its next frustrating episode in the long running comedy Road Runner, in which - as if you didn't know - Andrew Little is the for ever falling flat on his face, Wile E Coyote.

However, enough of the fools in the Labour Party who deserve all the derision they get.

What of the journalists?  That's what I'm interested in today.

From afar, I'm not sure who they are, so I hope someone will enlighten me in comments.  How odd that TVNZ wouldn't even name them.

"the investigation into the Panama Papers New Zealand is a journalistic collaboration by reporters from ONE News, RNZ News and investigative journalist Nicky Hager.
It has been carried out with the assistance of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and the German newspaper Süddeutshe Zeitung."

 Meanwhile, a couple of points.

How far do they have to go before they are deemed to bring their employers into disrepute?  They seem to have done a pretty good job in this case.

What does it tell you about their lack of street smarts when they embark on a major political hit job which Blind Freddie could have told them was doomed from the start?  Do they not understand that the market for journalists is about to contract in a big way and the employment prospects for their ilk will be particularly bleak?

When will they recognize Hagar for the fraud he is?  Nothing he has claimed has ever turned out to be true, as far as I can recall.  Not even his outbursts against Helen Clark.

Why are these journalists so possessed by Key Derangement Syndrome?  Do they not know that John Key could shoot dead a dozen pseudo journalists in Courtney Place and middle New Zealand would say 'Well done, John.  Great job you're doing with the economy.  Keep it up.'  It's as if their Holy Grail is some piece of dirt on the PM.   Why is this so?  Do they want bragging rights to laud it over Mike Williams?

Of one thing you can be sure.  If anyone of these characters floated ashore in Australia, he or she wouldn't last five minutes in a country where most real journalists do real journalism.  The good ones don't run around with media studies degrees. Most of them have Masters degrees at least in specialist fields.  Of course, the exceptions are the luvvies at the ABC.


Johno said...

The reporters are Patrick O'Meara, Lee Taylor, Jessica Mutch, Gyles Beckford, Jane Patterson, Andrea Vance.

A rather shabby bunch.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Good God! It took six of them PLUS Hagar to come up with nothing?

pdm said...

While I have never met Jessica Mutch she is a long time friend of very good friends of mrspdm and I. Our friends have known her from childhood as she grew up with their children and was in and out of their house regularly. They only have good things to say about her and on that basis I am surprised to see her name included with that `rag tag' group and mixed up with Hager.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Silly girl. Ruined her career.


Yes but how mutch was Jessica told by her bosses to look into it?
Reporters must do what editors tell them to. I used to be an editor myself.
All the same, it is clear that Hagar the Horrible has delivered nothing.
I remember meeting him many years ago at the home of Jeanette Fitzsimmons, the then Green MP for the Coromandel peninsular.
Hagar and others said disparaging things about the Americans.
But the Americans are our friends, I told them.
I had grown up in Europe during the Cold War, and it was all right for various Kiwis to have their heads in the sand when a million Soviet troops and their missiles were pointing at you.
It made it clear to me that there was more to the Green Party than a love of the planet, but something far more sinister.
Either way, I do hope Jessica gets over the Hagar debacle.
And rather than journalists suffering for having to work with Hagar the Horrible, it is Hagar that suffers himself by the surviving Kiwi media realising he has zero credibility.