Bi-election balls up

I know that the media treated the recent campaign as a two candidate contest but a bi-election?

There are many examples of poor use of words and poor editing in ‘mainstream media’ these days as resources are stretched due to shrinking revenues and the race to post news first online – ‘breaking news’ is usually a signal for ‘we rushed this story faster than other media’.

This story from 1 News wasn’t breaking but the editing seems to be broken.

Mt Roskill by-election victory ‘a pretty small bar for Andrew Little to get over’: John Key

The headline is too long but otherwise is ok.

Prime Minister John Key says Michael Wood’s victory in the Mt Roskill bi-election isn’t a “great celebration” for the Labour party.

It was spelt correctly in the headline but there’s the bi-election.

“No other political party other than Labour showed up. The Greens didn’t show up. New Zealand First didn’t show up and, actually, the voters didn’t show up,” he said.

“So you’ve had one of the lowest turn out we’ve really seen a mainstream bi-election.”

And repeated there, in a garbled sentence. Is John Key that incoherent? Not quite, the video accompanying the story reveals that he actually said “So you’ve had one of the lowest turn outs we’ve really seen in a mainstream bi-election.”

Iknow that Labour will want to say somehow this has been good for them. If it is, this is a pretty low bar for Andrew Little to get over,” says Mr Key.

Just a space missed there but prominently at the start of the sentence.

Meanwhile Labour leader Andrew Little says the win is proof that Labour can win a general election, despite poor showings in national polls.

Mr Little says polls “come and go” and voters who have moved away from Labour are there to be persuaded and convinced.

Can’t blame 1 News for Little’s odd logic and wishful thinking. The win is proof that Labour can win a by-election. Multiple recent polls suggest that Labour is something like 20% away from ‘winning’ a general election, and even a Labour+Greens win looks a long shot from here.

“And as we’ve seen in the local body elections and the Mt Roskill, when people hear a message, hear a clear message, a good message, have good contact with us, then we win their confidence and support. And we will go into 2017 with that,” he said.

That wasn’t in the video so I don’t know who’s mistake “and the Mt Roskill” was.

Mr Key says the Mt Roskill seat is a strong Labour seat so was not expecting win the Mt Roskill election.

Again this wasn’t a quote from the video so “was not expecting win the Mt Roskill election” could be anyone’s mistake, but well edited news items usually don’t show mistakes like this.

“If Andrew Little think victory is holding a seat they’ve held for 60 years thats good. But I don’t think that makes general election history,” says Mr Key.

Four editing errors in one sentence – what Key actually said was:  “If Andrew Little thinks victory is holding a seat they’ve held for 40 years that’s good. But I don’t think that makes a general election history”.

So in one short article I can count ten basic errors – more than just a bi-election balls up by 1 News.

 

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  1. duperez

     /  5th December 2016

    “So you’ve had one of the lowest turn out we’ve really seen a mainstream bi-election.”

    So there it is, you’ve got the Prime Minister speaking like Mike Hosking.

    Mike likes John becomes John Like Mike.

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  2. Zedd

     /  5th December 2016

    ‘no other political parties showed up’ just proves how out-of-touch KEY really is !

    btw; Dems-SC & ALCP also ‘showed up’ BUT were mostly ignored by msm 😦

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    • PDB

       /  5th December 2016

      ALCP ‘showed up’ but weren’t ‘all there’………..

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    • Gezza

       /  5th December 2016

      Dems need to drop the Social Credit bit from their party name & pull a few decent stunts to get on anyone’s radar.

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      • PDB

         /  5th December 2016

        Maybe with more media time ALCP can crack 100 votes? Then in a few centuries or so they can be a real political force.

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  3. Kitty Catkin

     /  5th December 2016

    Who called it a bi-election ?

    Breaking news is such a cliche; Breaking News ! There’s a new bridge over Auckland Harbour !

    The news about that awful, tragic accident in Auckland was terribly badly and insensitively handled, I thought. It was padded out with many irrelevancies, it showed little respect for the three victims….did we need to see so much ? For goodness sake, they showed us the driver ! Isn’t it bad enough without these intrusive ghouls with cameras ? Would it have been less terrible had it happened anywhere else ? 0/10 to 3 News.

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