The reviews of politics in 2014 continue in holiday fillers. Today NZ Herald has The year of speaking dangerously: the worst gaffe’s of 2014.
Their number one gaffe (and “quote of the year”) is Pam Corkery’s “puffed-up little shit” tirade.
Hot on the heels of the Dirty Politics scandal, Ms Corkery was steaming after a TV One reporter grew indignant when told Kim Dotcom would not give interviews at the party’s official campaign launch.
That’s a Herald gaffe. It was TV3’s Brook Sabin.
“You puffed-up little shit,” Ms Corkery said. “He doesn’t want to. He said three times, ‘I don’t want to give you an interview.’ He’s not a candidate. He doesn’t owe you anything.”
‘He’ is Kim Dotcom. He doesn’t owe the media anything. But he was a prominent part of the Internet-Mana campaign, so avoiding awkward media questions was not a good look.
And Corkery’s outburst was a worse look. She was Laila Harre’s media manager. This was major mis-management.
Media commentator Russell Brown called the Corkery outburst “ruinous and unprofessional”.
It was certainly very unprofessional. Corkery was obviously annoyed and frustrated but having been an MP and in media she knows how it all works. She lost her cool.
Was it ruinous? It certainly didn’t help the Internet-Mana campaign, but Dotcom’s omnipresence was a major turnoff as well, and Harre’s willingness to dump principles to become a paid promoter of Dotcom’s vanity/revenge campaign didn’t help either. Nor did Mana and Hone Harawira’s bizarre alliance with Dotcom.
In the One News coverage of Corkery’s outburst they included the reason for wanting to interview Dotcom from comments he made at his party’s campaign launch:
And I hacked out German credit rating system, and put our Prime Minister’s credit rating to zero because I didn’t like the guy.
And you have all figured by now there’s another Prime Minister I don’t like.
He had been saying that at meetings around the country. Promoting his hacking because “I didn’t like the guy” on it’s own was ill-advised. But this was just after the Whaledump release of hacked data so it hardly surprising media would have an interest in possible connections between Dotcom and the hacking news of the day.
There were obvious tensions within Internet-Mana, with Harawira not speaking at the launch.
The pressure of the campaign and lack of control of the media narrative resulted in Corkery’s comment.
But Internet-Mana’s main problem was how voters saw who was willing to dish out shit but tried to avoid being held to account.
“Puffed up little shit” was a reaction but highlighted bigger problems. It backfired badly, drawing more negative attention to the perception of Internet-Mana’s own puffed up big shit.