The Herald’s wide berth for Key

Despite the incredible blunders, back tracks, flip-flops (get a new phrase please) of the leader of the opposition over the last 36hrs or so, do you think we’d see any of this on the Herald’s online site (how the rest of the country reads the Herald). No neither did I, but I thought I’d look anyway, and was even shocked to see the absence of any of Key’s blunders. Well to be factually correct, not on the visible part of the front page. To find any mention of the horror run the poor man has had over the last few days requires scrolling down.

Herald sans key

The ‘damming’ headline for the government is of course somewhat inflammatory and inaccurate, as the majority of the losses are in fact paper write downs, and while the cash reserves aren’t as good as expected, the govt isn’t actually in the poo (despite the huge Herald headline). But where’s the golden boys guffs one wonders?

If the stories are true;

There’s been the odd spot of political interference in the media, resulting from statements, retractions and apparent denial of statement, with a spot of media bashing.
An inability to remember the parties line on Treaty settlements on telly, and further retractions and clarifications,
Reversal of intent and statement on the position on youth crime
Varying statements as to the parties line on Workers Rights
and of course the about track on foreign investment.

Now I don’t particularly care, agree or disagree on these issues, what I do care about it the supposed golden boy of NZ politics, the PM in waiting is a slippery bugger who can’t seem to nail down party position. Mind you this goes some way to showing us why National is too scared to release fixed policy (instead of policy statements) this far out from an election, for fear of wanting to be found out.

The day John Key went for a run (and the boys in the party went mountain biking), he managed to get right up there on the front page, top centre. But Guy Smiley manages to dodge the bullet on this series of blunders.

Fair and Balanced to be the next banner advert we see at the top of the Heralds web site?

To be fair, this doesn’t even rate a mention on the front section of the other main news media web site http://www.stuff.co.nz either, despite TV3’s news section having a piece on it, OneNews section of TVone has the related stories in their politics section.

In the end it’s not the end of the world if the poor man struggles why his top political advisor is on holiday, some media organisations ran with the story, some didn’t, but at least from the Herald a little consistent treatment of the political stories would be good.

It’s a giggle for us on the left and amazingly non existent on the right blogs, the rants of homophobic Dad4Justice seem to be a main issues of the day over there).

For any decent coverage of this affair jump on over to www.thestandard.org.nz/, they are figting the good fight on this one.

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