Ardern mania a self fulfilling media prophecy?

A gushy Barry Soper writes about whether journalists will keep writing gushy stories about Jacinda Ardern.

Also from NZ Herald in the weekend:

When Woman’s Weekly won over the Parliamentary Gallery, or the Herald at least.

30 Comments

  1. Blazer

     /  February 12, 2018

    it reminds me of the medias love affair…with ‘honest John’.

  2. David

     /  February 12, 2018

    Same thing happened to Hilary, wall to wall adulation except for Fox. The silver lining is that while she gets on with nesting and taking it easy her dafter policies are being shelved so we just carry on with National lite.

  3. Gerrit

     /  February 12, 2018

    Is Soper past his used by date as an independent political commentator? National will not have anything to do with him so his ability to report both sides of the ledger is null.

    All he has left is adulation prose for Jacinda Ardern and Winston Peters.

    Would he, for example, do an in depth commentary on how Kelvin Davis and Willie Jackson are feeling about Chris Hipkins and his charter school closures?

    No, he is down to writing fluff like a royal court reporter. A waning influence for independent thoughts.

    • PartisanZ

       /  February 12, 2018

      Great wake-me-up amusement … “an independent political commentator?” … [guffaw!]

      Like who? Sir Bob Jones? Don Brash? Someone anti-Jacinda? Anyone who confirms my bias?

      But wait … there’s more …. “in depth commentary” …. [belly laugh!]

      Perfect with a second cuppa coffee this fine mornin’.

      I used to love the “independent” and “in depth” commentary about John Key. Mind you, ya know, Jacinda hasn’t started having cups-a-tea, pulling pony-tails, doing slippery-soap radio shows and appointing nepotistic ‘my overblown legocy*’ Flag-change panels … yet …

      I wonder what goof-ball stuff Jacinda has in store for us …. I just can’t wait!

      *Legocy – a legacy with way too much ego … new word #142

      • Gerrit

         /  February 12, 2018

        PartizanZ just proved the point I was making. Barry Soper is no longer a journalist.

        He is a partisan (;-) commentator like Sir Bob Jones or Don Brash.

        A front piece for the political ideology he supports. And no problems with that.

        But a journalist he no longer is

  4. robertguyton

     /  February 12, 2018

    Jacinda reigns! Key’s sycophants swooned at everything the media served up on their hero, but have gone all puckery now that he’s scarpered and Jacinda’s on the covers of the womens’ mags where once Key smarmed.

    • Gezza

       /  February 12, 2018

      On the whole my recollection is the msm wrote a (very) few puff pieces on Key from time to time & mostly just reported what he said & did & what the opposition or protestors said & did, & the rest of us interpreted how they presented him according to our biases.

      Jacinda’s getting more puff pieces.

      • High Flying Duck

         /  February 12, 2018

        If they didn’t do the puff pieces Gezza, she wouldn’t get any coverage at all…

      • robertguyton

         /  February 12, 2018

        Puff pieces it is then! And babies. I pity the Right; they have no chance at all of breaking that charming enchantment. Settle in, Righties, for a long, long spell.

        • Gezza

           /  February 12, 2018

          Too early to say that. The msm might cooperate with her excellent promotion of herself via the selfie/celebrity culture but the signs are there she & her Ministers will get asked some hard questions & will have to produce results. Celebrity or not, the msm love the smell of blood in the water & will even put some in themselves if there’s not enuf shit being stirred up to keep them busy.

        • PDB

           /  February 12, 2018

          Ardern is but a friendly, smiley front for the real PM of New Zealand – Winston.

    • artcroft

       /  February 12, 2018

      I see the communists are still trying to rewrite history.

      • PartisanZ

         /  February 12, 2018

        But no-one rewrites or rebrands ‘news’ like corporate-capitalism!

      • phantom snowflake

         /  February 12, 2018

        Dear god yet another Neo-McCarthyist!

  5. Kitty Catkin

     /  February 12, 2018

    Call me a sceptic, but I have trouble believing that the baby was that much of a surprise. At 37, someone should have some idea of what causes them. There seems to be some disingenuousness here. I think that the baby is being used, poor thing, before it’s even born. That gushing girlishness is out of place for a PM who should have a little dignity and not act as if they are still in the fifth form.

    • robertguyton

       /  February 12, 2018

      Or in Key’s case, kindergarten.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  February 12, 2018

        I don’t remember John Key babbling boyishly and acting like a teenager.Like most of our other PMs, he acted with dignity in public.

        • robertguyton

           /  February 12, 2018

          Of course you don’t, Kitty, you were smitten at the time. You do though, remember the catwalk-walk?

          • robertguyton

             /  February 12, 2018

            Dignified, didn’t ya think! Prime Ministerial to the max!
            Aye!

            • He was very dignified he had the universal touch and a sense of occasion. He could slum it when he had to, chug a Heine when needed and always spoke off the cuff. Ardern otoh reads entirely from speeches written for her and checked by H1 and H2

            • Gezza

               /  February 12, 2018

              She fronts reporters unscripted & answers off the cuff & she actually does ok from my observations. Some people may not like or believe some of what she says, but the same was true of John Key.

            • Blazer

               /  February 12, 2018

              Key was popular ,he could remember his daily Crosby Textor briefs and had mastered the art of …fake sincerity.

  6. Blazer, Crosby Textor is so last century