In a Radio NZ interview Winston Peters has criticised Nicky Hager’s release of ‘Dirty Politics’.
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has criticised the way in which investigative journalist Nicky Hager released his book Dirty Politics so close to September’s general election.
Mr Peters told Radio New Zealand’s Sunday Morning the book was devastating for the Government but the information should have been drip-fed in small, consumable amounts to the public.
Mr Peters said he was not criticising Mr Hager’s integrity but the naivety of the launch timing.
If Rawshark had chosen Peters as his disseminator of illegally hacked data then we would probably have had the details drip fed for ten years with promises of back-up evidence that is never produced.
What I made of it though was, when Nicky Hager released it in the way he did, was that that was a very very silly way of going about it.
If you have this information, if it was as devastating as I believe it still is, then the way to let it go was to handle it in what you might [chuckles] what you might call a a consumable amounts instead of throwing the whole lot in front of somebody to devour and expecting to get a result.
That would have allowed Slater and National to refute each claim bit by bit.
Winston Peters: That’s what he did, he dropped it before as you recall the six o’clock news one night and he gave his opponents time to fudge the issue, ah you know to do the, sort of, the classic, the squid approach of cloudy, murky the waters so people will start to believe their defences.
So it was all there and he blew it.
Hager did the opposite to what Peters claims, he deliberately launched the book and promoted key points to deny the media and those accused time to examine or defend anything.
I’m criticising the enormous naievity of someone who surely wanted to get an impact as a result and to have this sort of behaviour stopped by going about it the way he did. He should have, surely he should have taken some better advice than that.
Hager is a shock jock author, not a question time by question time MP.
Hager failed at trying to swing the election, and he has modest and mixed success in the past with his books.
But Peters also failed to swing the election his way. And his drip fed scandals over decades have not often been very successful.
If Peters had been given the Rawshark material and drip fed it he would have had the same problem he often has – a lack of supporting evidence.
Why would the public have been interested in Winston drips when they were hardly moved let alone devastated by the Hager flood treatment?
Winston accusing others of murkying the waters is like the mudpool accusing the pigsty of being dirty.
Hager did blow his main aim, of swinging the election.
Peters has long blown smoke and failed to fire.
Listen to the full interview with Winston Peters ( 9 min 14 sec )