Trinder’s Key/Campbell conspiracy

Mana News editor Joe Trinder has made some ‘claims in Key: I want that left wing bastard gone:

Last year Prime Minister John Key and Mark Weldon had a phone conversation in regards to John Campbell.  Mr Key was overheard saying “I want that left wing bastard gone”. The prime minister had insidiously conspired with Mark Weldon to end John Campbell’s broadcasting career and have Campbell live taken off the air.

That someone overheard a phone conversation between between John Key and Mark Weldon is a bit of an odd claim. There must be some evidence. Or at least a credible witness.

Mark Weldon’s crony appointment as the CEO of media works was made by John Key.

That’s just as bizarre. Mediaworks is a privately owned company and I’m not aware of any evidence that Key has any financial or management connection.

After the Campbell live exposed the exploitative Zero Hours contracts a letter was sent from Burger King to Campbell live and Mark Weldon was mysteriously CC’d into the email.  The email was from someone at Burger King who obviously has a relationship with Mark Weldon. Burger King has used its influence to help terminate the  Campbell Live show.

Another weird claim with no evidence.

The decision was made by the National party caucus with strong influence from former radio works CEO MP Steven Joyce. This is another attempt by the National government to control the media and any criticism of its policies.

So the National caucus is ion the board of directors of Mediaworks? Yeah right.

So where is the evidence? Trinder appears to have been asked on Facebook:


This is one of the dumbest attempts at a political hit job I’ve seen. Winston Peters might get away with this sort of thing but Trinder’s trash talk has even been treated with dismay at The Standard – I want that left wing bastard gone – why ‘Notices and Features’ wanted to associate The Standard with this is, ah, interesting.

But maybe not surprising, given this comment from Te Reo Putake:

Well, this is rubbish, isn’t it? I’m reminded about the discussion here on the weekend about corruption. The takeaway from that chat is that whenever the left makes overblown and unprovable allegations like this, we look weak and it makes the right stronger.

I agree, it does look like rubbish, especially after Trinder’s ‘prove me wrong’ response. It’s ironic that Putake can see rubbish claims from others but is oblivious to his own – unless of course he does it deliberately.

I don’t agree that this makes ‘the right’ stronger.

But overblown and unprovable allegations that are rife on the left do make them look like wallies – in this instance at Mana News and at The Standard.

Trinder is a unionist and socialist who stood for Mana in Manukau East last election.

And is a wishful thinker.

 So, you’re the liberal equivalent of Whale Oil, and post whatever you want with no evidence or actual facts to support?

No I protect my sources I leave it to the Mainstream media to investigate to prove me wrong.

So far the media don’t appear to have picked up on Trinder’s lame attempt at dirty politics.

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  1. Sponge

     /  13th April 2015

    So if I was to suggest that someone had seen Joe Trinder fellaciating a goat it would be up to him to prove me wrong?

    • Yep, something like that.

    • Missy

       /  13th April 2015

      Don’t be silly Sponge, you would have to prove it right. Only the left get to make unsubstantiated claims and tell others to prove them wrong, the rest of us have to prove everything we say is true, and then they still don’t believe it!

  2. Missy

     /  13th April 2015

    I first saw this claim last week on facebook. It was made by some woman who kept responding to people to prove her claim that even though they didn’t know her that had to believe her as she was correct. It seems the MO of the left to make unsubstantiated claims, and then tell everyone to believe them because they are right, I don’t think they see that it makes them look like conspiracy theory nutters.

    Joe Trinder should be careful with that attitude, because one day he will make an unsubstantiated claim and get sued for defamation, and in that case it will be up to him to prove he is right, not the other person to prove he is wrong!

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  13th April 2015

      Actually, Missy, the MO of much of the Left is to make unsubstantiated claims and then to block anyone who challenges them. Intellectual and moral pygmies.

    • sleepdepriveddiva

       /  15th April 2015

      Hi Missy, can you please advise what group or page you say this on and a possible timeframe of when it appeared?

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  15th April 2015

        I didn’t see that comment but I did see a lot if frothing nonsense much of it from Greenpeace activists and when I challenged it in my usual polite but forceful way I was blocked from access.

  3. Traveller

     /  13th April 2015

    It’s pretty damn tragic that more than a few on the left entertain such bizarre fantasy like the Key/Weldon imaginary phone call. You wouldn’t think there’d be anyone outside of a withheld lithium state who’d dream it up but then, hellloooo you read your Facebook feed. There are the posts from Herald and Stuff on Saint John Campbell and I swear half the responders have been lobotomised on the spaceships the aliens picked them up from earth on. Hard to believe we’re fellow citizens to the numbnuts.

  4. Concerned Kiwi

     /  14th April 2015

    Take a look at the line-up of Fairfax scribes. There are very few who are not radical left-wing activists, who will say anything to try and gain traction for gutless Union Andy and his fiscally dyslexic lackeys. Time advertisers went the whole hog and pulled their support for this disgusting nest of socialist scum, and as for slimeball Campbell, let him rot in hell . . . he is an apology for a man, somewhat akin to Cunliffe.

  5. kittycatkin

     /  14th April 2015

    Yes, I believe that if a show was doing really well, having great ratings and making huge amounts of money for the network that they’d remove it because John Key or any other politician said so-I DON’T think. Get off the grass, conspiracy theorists.

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