“Some idiotic female reporter” versus Winston Peters

From Gezza:


I posted a comment yesterday evening about watching the last minute or two of Winston Peters’ final Monday post-Cabinet Press briefing via Lurchy’s live link. And that all I managed to catch was some idiotic female reporter loudly asking him if whisky should be swilled or swallowed – & his frustrated response.

I thought it was such a pathetic, vacuous question I mentally switched off remembering how it ended & just wondered who the “bimbo” was.

Looks like the “bimbo” might have been a senior Herald poltical reporter, Claire Trevett? And that the whole point of the question was to manufacture a situation where she could provoke him into commenting on Peter Goodfellow’s anti-Peters remarks at the weekend’s National Party conference.

Because she’s chosen to make his response – threatening that if Goodfellow cared to repeat his remarks outside of the party conference he, Winston, would tell everyone why Goodfellow shouldn’t even be the President of the National Party – the highlight of her report from the Press briefing.

It was a classic Winston threat – a ‘hint’ that there might be some dodgy doings or dirt that he will reveal. But which, if it came to it, might in fact turn out to be nothing more than a smart arse personal attack on his abilities.

It still irritates me, though, that this is what a senior reporter for the Herald set up to create a sensationalist headline & makes me despair about how low the bar for the standard of political reporting has dropped.

Has it always been this low – or was he fair game on this this one? Was this really something of political importance we needed to know?

Interested in others’ thoughts.

Claire Trevett: Winston Peters scores himself E for Everything is Awesome

 

24 Comments

  1. Blazer

     /  July 31, 2018

    Trevett is gardly an impartial journo.Blue through and through.

    • PartisanZ

       /  July 31, 2018

      No … Surely not … I’ve been hearing for years from Righties far-and-wide that Te Heraldo is a totally Loony Leftie dominated Red Rag …

      Have they been lying?

      • Corky

         /  July 31, 2018

        No. She knows her place in the office.

    • High Flying Duck

       /  July 31, 2018

      Slater calls her “Red Claire”. Can’t say I’ve seen any blue bias in her reporting to date.

      • Blazer

         /  July 31, 2018

        hell, case closed then if the slug says she’s red…well…!!

        • High Flying Duck

           /  July 31, 2018

          Your down the middle commentary is so much more reliable Blazer.

        • Corky

           /  July 31, 2018

          That slug and Bill English stepped into the ring for charity. Both took a beat. Righties are the real deal, Blazer. Their word is kosher.

          • Blazer

             /  July 31, 2018

            English was great…the slug should be made to hand in his ‘mancard’..SB would’ve done better.
            Lucky she had a stock of…napisan!

            • High Flying Duck

               /  July 31, 2018

              I’ll give Slater credit for the boxing – that does take some guts. For everything else he does…just PR & propaganda.

            • Blazer

               /  July 31, 2018

              if you call putting on boxing attire leading with your chin and collapsing like a big girls blouse without throwing a punch…. ,taking guts…well…

            • Gezza

               /  July 31, 2018

              Hmm. Reading that, it sounds like it was more of technique or a strategy issue?

            • Gezza

               /  July 31, 2018

              Eg. Leading with your chin has never been a good technique. Who was his bloody trainer?

            • Corky

               /  July 31, 2018

              Some trainer called ” Union Bob.” That should have been the first warning bell.

          • High Flying Duck

             /  July 31, 2018

            I think Bill English’s boxing did as much for Right Wing machismo as John Key hammering a nail.
            Less said the better…
            But kudos for putting himself out there for charity.

            • Blazer

               /  July 31, 2018

              I thought the best part was when Key said ‘Bronagh usually gets a …man in’!Onya honky tonks.

            • Corky

               /  July 31, 2018

              ”But kudos for putting himself out there for charity.”

              But that’s the thing, High Flyer. A Rightie stands and dies with his own effort. A Leftie sniffs the air, looks and sees what others are doing and thinking…AND NEVER COMMITS! That way the can weasel out of any situation without taking their lumps or losing mana. In other words they are gutless snivelers apart from a few hard bastards. Righties aren’t necessarily harder..but they know how to front up, take a beat and learn from the experience…and come back better.

              I encounter this situation on blogs when I call someone out to make a prediction. That’s a real treat. It makes my day reading the excuses for not committing after these bloggers have written chapter and verse about a given situation.

  2. Ray

     /  July 31, 2018

    Well on one hand you have Winston acting as if he doesn’t know the law about defamation.
    Hint, National Part Conferences do not give the immunity against defamation that Parliament gives.
    So Winston saying that Goodfellow better not say that outside the Conference just about proves the point.
    The statement “was “he is a whisky-swilling, cigarette-smoking, double-breasted and irrational bullet”
    All demonstratively true.

    • High Flying Duck

       /  July 31, 2018

      He wasn’t talking defamation. He just said it was an unworthy comment and if he said it again outside the blue bubble of the conference he would impart the reasons Goodfellow is not exactly Mr pure-as-driven-snow himself.
      It was definitely a threat, but not a legal one.

  3. I must admit that the swilling/swallowing remark fell flat on me, it seemed pointless.One can’t swill without swallowing.

    Whisky should be sipped, anyway. Not that I do, even the smell makes me feel sick.

    • Gezza

       /  July 31, 2018

      I never saw any self-respecting cowboy or gunslinger in the Westerns do anything other than chuck it straight down their throat, bang the glass down on the bar, & say: “Bartender! Another one!

      So that’s what I used to do. And I was always mildly disappointed no barman ever just slid the bottle straight down the bar top for me to pour it myself, like they often did in the movies.

      • That may be Wild West way, and it’s possible that they were downing rotgut and didn’t want to taste it, like someone downing a foul tasting medicine to get it over.

        But nobody who knows good whisky would do that to it, It’s an insult to it.

  4. Gezza

     /  July 31, 2018

    I remember thinking after seeing the whole scene played out how very Trump-like Peters was that time. But, driving up to the Rua to get some more pook wheat late this morning, I realised that Peters has reacted like this for decades – his whole political life in fact. And when I think about it, actually, Trump is very Peters-like.

    So … back to my main point in my post – does anyone here think that silly setup by Trevett, just to rark Peters up & try and get a scanadalous reaction – is in any way journalistically or politically useful, justifiable, or valuable to readers?

    • No. I wonder how many people it fell flat on.

      Peters is a Claytons Trump.

      • Gezza

         /  July 31, 2018

        Well done Kitty. You passed with a B+.
        F’s for everyone else.