Some journos still promote Peters in his absence

Winston Peters chose to stay away from last night’s minor party leaders debate because Bill English and Jacinda Ardern weren’t taking part. Peters was subjected to a lot of criticism.

But even though he didn’t front up some journalists still promoted him.

From NZH  Minor Party leaders’ debate: The verdicts are in

Audrey Young:

Winston Peters’ boycott denied the public a chance to see that he is still well up to it and denied himself the chance to answers Shaw’s attacks.

Peters wasn’t up to participating in the debate, so this is a strange promotion of him in his absence.

Old school journalists seem to be obsessed with Peters and keeping his election chances alive.

A significantly younger Toby Manhire had a different view:

The NZ First leader might have wiped the floor, but he spurned the prime-time invitation, as he did in the last similar televised debate. He’s a “bad date”, said Shaw, in the funniest line of the night, but Peters wasn’t there to bite back.

Winner: James Shaw
Loser: Winston Peters

Soper and Young might try to vote for Peters even though he isn’t in their electorate.

They and others keep giving Peters a free media ride, including promoting him as ‘kingmaker’. Given that it’s possible that Peters ends up with far more power than he deserves from voting levels, where is the media examination of his key policies, and what he might demand in a coalition?

Peters has the worst reputation of reliability of any MP under MMP, but old journos perhaps with an eye to their own gold cards keep giving him disproportionate coverage and grossly inadequate holding to account.

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23 Comments

  1. PDB

     /  September 9, 2017

    Gower especially made himself look stupid by trying to inject Winston questions into the 2nd leaders TV debate.

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    • Gezza

       /  September 9, 2017

      To be fair, that’s only one of the many ways he pursues the ‘look stupid’ objective, from what I’ve seen of him.

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  2. sorethumb

     /  September 9, 2017

    Nice country, shame about the racism
    http://www.listener.co.nz/commentary/the-internaut/new-zealand-racism-immigration-tourism-blogger
    Another blogging visitor to New Zealand has expressed alarm at the current of casual racism in the country.
    By Toby Manhire In The Internaut

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  3. Corky

     /  September 9, 2017

    I guess Wiston didn’t want to be percieved as, or seen with, losers. As are most of these minor parties.

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    • PDB

       /  September 9, 2017

      He is running scared of David Seymore & doesn’t want to debate him.

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      • Blazer

         /  September 9, 2017

        Seymour is National’s….why bark yourself when you own….a dog.

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        • Are the Greens puppies of Labour?

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          • Blazer

             /  September 9, 2017

            No.

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            • Labour have a supposedly very close ‘favoured party’ relationship with the Greens. They are even taking on some of their policies already – ones they see no election risk in. How many are they saving for after the election?

            • Blazer

               /  September 9, 2017

              @Pete M.O.U expires election day.Maori have a ‘favoured’ relationship with National,but plenty of…differences….what sweeteners will the Govt offer before E day?

            • Th MP relationship with National is nothing like the MoU. And Ardern keeps reaffirming she will keep her word and talk to the greens first after the election, nothing like that between MP and National. Nor between ACT and National for that matter.

        • PDB

           /  September 9, 2017

          Apart from attacking Winston Seymour seems to attack National on a regular basis.

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    • There’s a good chance of three of the four leaders in the debate returning as MPs.

      Reply
  4. Gezza

     /  September 9, 2017

    Has anybody else noticed that whenever someone riles Winston up he gets all flustered, forgets their names, and ends up calling them all Sunshine? 😳

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  5. All those guys go on the piss with Winston, which is probably the one overriding reason he has survived so long. Never underestimate Green Parrot diplomacy in dealing with journos.

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