Media and pundits dread

Something media and political pundits seem to dread is a bland election campaign.

Some seem to think it would be calamitous for our democracy if the competing parties and leaders debated policies and outlined what they would do to improve things for the people and the country.

That would be too boring for the sensation addicted pundits.

It may also mean they would have to do some in depth analysis rather than relying on trivia on twitter for their stories.

Some of the biggest threats to a decent democracy are attention seeking politicians given disproportionate publicity by click seeking media, and making media mountains out of molehills.

Good government should be mostly boring and bland, but that doesn’t sell advertising.


  1. Gezza

     /  June 19, 2017

    Andy’s got the best strategy for getting attention – still barking at every passing car.
    But it’s the wrong kind of attention.

    Bill should use that wry smile & dry wit a bit more outside The House.

  2. Blazer

     /  June 19, 2017

    focus group driven policy ,vague promises for the future and…dirty politics have served the Natz ..well so far.

  3. PDB

     /  June 19, 2017

    Everything has to be ‘entertainment’ now hence why some in the media are pushing a nut in Morgan and an old bull-shitter in Winston. Even the Greens have got too boring for the MSM.

    • Gezza

       /  June 19, 2017

      No good trying to do anything politically serious on the teev, PDB. Just goes right over Katie Bradford’s head & she misses it.

  4. Gezza

     /  June 19, 2017

    One thing I remember in my first election or two was that as the campaigns got underway at some the Domion or Evening Post put out a lift-out with short summaries of all the policies of the main parties at that time under headings of what were generally considered the main issues at the time. National, Labour, Social Credit – might’ve been one or two more, can’t remember. They also listed miscellaneous policies of each party that the others didn’t have.

    That scan-at-glance lift-out was really useful. These days I find clicking through party websites to get the same sort of information difficult to aggregate & remember when trying to make comparisons.

    • PDB

       /  June 19, 2017

      Under MMP too many parties are given a soft ride by the MSM, including the Greens who never seem to have their policies looked at in any detail, independently costed and critiqued. Instead we are just meant to believe the Greens will magically provide an idyllic country free of crime & hardship with prosperity for all.

      Apparently Winston’s populist rantings are good enough for people to give him a vote so maybe we shouldn’t expect any detailed analysis?