We now we see these unelected journalists for what they really are?

This is remarkable commentary from Newshub’s ‘national reporter’ Patrick Gower: Simon Bridges is finished

I don’t think that it’s his call to make. It is the business of the National caucus. And if Bridges survives through to the next election, it will be up to voters.

It’s been 62 days since Newshub Political Editor Tova O’Brien got that excellent scoop of Simon Bridges’ limousine expenses.

An excellent scoop? It was a leak of expense information that was die to be released publicly in several days time. The story was not the expenses, which were high but explainable.

The story was the attempt to undermine Bridges by an MP who, later at least, suffers from bad enough mental health problems to seek several months leave from Parliament, and to be committed into mental care with claims of a suicide attempt (that was claimed by Cameron Slater so should be viewed with caution).

Tova O’Brien was effectively aiding and abetting a political hit job – and Gower appears to be doing likewise now.

This was a sophisticated hit from the leaker, setting in motion a political train wreck that’s now at bullet-speed – full-scale political carnage.

I guess it could be called ‘sophisticated’ as the political hit job was done with the collusion of a journalist and a media organisation.

Gower seems to see glee in setting in motion a political train wreck and precipitating ‘full-scale political carnage’ – except that he is over-egging a rotten pudding.

We now we see these elected representatives for what they really are; concerns over possible mental health issues have been tossed aside in the rush to the kill or be killed.

There is no humanity.

What we actually saw was non-elected journalists tossing aside mental health concerns as they shilled for a political kill – and now Gower seems to be ecstatic over the thrill of the kill.

This is alarming from a major media organisation. Is Newshub alarmed about what they have been used for?

Meanwhile, National isn’t addressing the important issues. There are not enough teachers for our classrooms and there’s not enough money in our wallets to pay for petrol.

Actually that’s bullshit. National have been accused more of the opposite – of criticising too many things. They have certainly been trying to address teachers and petrol prices.

The only thing in Bridges’ favour here is that National is short of contenders.

More bullshit. There may be one less contender in National, but they still have 54 MPs as alternatives to Bridges. Ity’;s just that now would be a stupid time to contest the leadership, which would reward the maverick MP and activist journalists for their hit job.

But back to Simon Bridges – this is about him and how he’s not handling the job – or connecting with the public.

This was obvious enough to political observers for months. It didn’t need an attempt to force Bridges out of the leadership role to point that out.

Ironically Bridges has probably strengthened his leadership after Newshub’s collusion in trying to have him dumped.

The only chance National has to get back in power is a deal with Peters.

More bullshit. That’s not the only way for National to get back into power. Currently their coalition options look grim, but under MMP there are a range of options, including:

  • Act could make a miraculous resurgence
  • Greens could support a National led government (unlikely at this stage but it can’t be ruled out)
  • Labour and National could form a grand coalition
  • the Maori Party could return and support a National-led government
  • a new party could emerge and beat the threshold
  • National could split and get enough votes between two parties to form a government
  • National could get enough votes to form a government on their own (they have come close in the past)

Last term Gower often obsessed over National needing NZ First to stay in government. Until the Little/Ardern switch it looked very unlikely Labour would have been able to form a government, so National were in the box seat.

And the way Winston keeps burning Bridges, that will never happen.

That’s why Simon Bridges is finished.

Winston burns anyone when it suits him – and then forgets all his rants and promises and flip flops if it suits him.

It may actually be more likely that Winston will be finished after the next election. There’s certainly a bigger chance that NZ First will crash and burn than National.

It doesn’t matter how many days are left, Simon Bridges, because there is no chance National can win in 2020.

That’s a pathetic claim from someone who remarkably used to be Newshub’s political editor.

And it hardly even makes sense – he implies that National has no chance regardless of Bridges leading them or not.

This is very poor commentary from Gower.

Worse – it seems that he supports and is ecstatic about collusion between an MP with mental health problems and journalists and media in a concocted coup attempt.

Gower can be dismissed as out of touch and irrelevant, but Newshub look very poor here and have seriously diminished their credibility as politically neutral media.

Bridges and National have problems – that’s normal for any political party. But National at least are likely to survive, and are likely to eventually get back into Government, with or without Bridges.

Newshub have a bigger challenge trying to survive. While the Jami-Lee Ross headlines may have given them a temporary boost to ratings and clicks, it has seriously damaged their already struggling reputation.

Gower hasn’t helped – he has emphasised how low they have stooped on this.

 

56 Comments

  1. “I don’t think that his his call to make. It is the business of the National caucus”
    It’s his opinion.

    • But it’s the opinion of someone in a position of power in media to influence public opinion. And here he seems to be revelling in a political hit job as he tries to further damage a party leader.

      It looks more like political activism than opinion to me.

      • robertguyton

         /  November 13, 2018

        So what if he influences public opinion in the case of Bridges? As you say, it’s the business of the National caucus to oust him. The public can’t. In any case, I agree with your proposal that journalists influence public thinking.

        • “So what if he influences public opinion in the case of Bridges? ”

          The idealist theory is that media hold power to account, not get actively involved in dirty politics.

          • robertguyton

             /  November 13, 2018

            “So what if he influences public opinion in the case of Bridges? As you say, it’s the business of the National caucus to oust him.
            You wrote, “I don’t think that it’s his call to make. It is the business of the National caucus.”
            I’m making the point that Gower can’t make the call; that is, remove Bridges from the leadership, the National Party caucus will do that.

    • Gezza

       /  November 13, 2018

      @ robert: It’s his opinion.

      It’s my opinion that Patrick gower is an arsehole, and that Tova O’brien seems to have come out of it.

      Some msm journos and tv “reporters” have been all but instructing National to sack Bridges for months – even before JLR did his political suicide act, ably assisted by the execrable Tova. (Does anyone know who she’s bonking, btw – just out of curisosity? Is it anyone interesting or compromising?)

      Even at his most devastating of poll dives, I can’t remember journos ever being so activist in articles stating that Andrew Little had to go. I think one day I counted 4 articles in stuff and the herald stating, basically, National had to sack Bridges.

      • robertguyton

         /  November 13, 2018

        Gezza; why is it, do you think, that “journos” are “being so activist” stating that “National had to sack Bridges”, if in fact, they didn’t do similarly with Andrew Little?

        • Gezza

           /  November 13, 2018

          Most of them have identified themselves as basically left-leaning I understand, in a survey done by Massy’s journalism school. Beyond that I dunno.

          • robertguyton

             /  November 13, 2018

            Not a very convincing explanation, Gezza, for the behaviour you claim.

            • Gezza

               /  November 13, 2018

              No worries. It’s all good, robert. I think in this particular case tv3’s political reporters are just sensation-mongers.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  November 13, 2018

        Anyone who had an affair with dear little Tova would be a damned fool, Gezza, if he knew anything about politics.

  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  November 13, 2018

    Gower is a self-important megaphone sans brain or conscience. Stopped listening to him years ago – soon after I first heard him bellowing his sensationalist drivel.

  3. robertguyton

     /  November 13, 2018

    “This was a sophisticated hit from the leaker, setting in motion a political train wreck that’s now at bullet-speed – full-scale political carnage.”
    I reckon Gower’s right about that.

    • It wasn’t sophisticated. Nor is Gower very accurate. Do you remember the outcome for Ross? His political career is now a train wreck, if that’s what you mean.

      • robertguyton

         /  November 13, 2018

        I think the National Party has been damaged far more severely than is readily apparent. In that way, whoever is behind the series of events is likely regarding the outcomes as very successful indeed. In my view, the process is far from over and the harm to the party due to deepen.

        • Gezza

           /  November 13, 2018

          Well, the next published poll will tell. I think Bridges will possibly go up in the poll a little and I’m not detecting any signs of any great harm to the National Party from folk I yack to. You seem to have such a visceral hatred for the National Party you possibly could just be seeing what you want to see and hearing what you want to hear from FemGreen type people, robert?

          • robertguyton

             /  November 13, 2018

            That’s not the case, Gazza; I don’t hate the Nat’s at all though I do believe their decent into dirty politicking is appalling. For me, it’s more about helping to re-jig perceptions; for a very long time the minor players, such as The Greens, have been subject to oppression by the larger players, National in particular; demeaned and dismissed by the Nat MPs (others too) and now it’s time to throw off the shackles thus created and play with the new situation we find ourselves in; influence and a voice. The Green MPs are to circumspect to make much noise but supporters like me aren’t so bound. Seeing the Nat’s crumble like this and whooping it up at each stumble isn’t the result of hatred, it’s more behaviour I learned from them 🙂 In any case, I seek to tell the truth, as I see it. Is “FemGreen” intended as an insult and if so, why do you use it?

            • Gezza

               /  November 13, 2018

              No, FemGreen is not intended as an insult, robert – it’s my description of that party – which now has a strong feminist bent (so to speak); possibly the result of having a female co-leader, a radfem quota freak as Minister for Female Persons (but not intersexuals – discriminatory?) and a male co-leader with two mums. But, hey – it’s not a biggie. 😐

            • robertguyton

               /  November 13, 2018

              If I called the Opposition the “CommyNats, given the presence and soon to be presence of Chinese in their ranks, would you feel the need to balance the argument by slagging the Greens off some more?

            • Gezza

               /  November 13, 2018

              Seeing the Nat’s crumble like this and whooping it up at each stumble isn’t the result of hatred, it’s more behaviour I learned from them 🙂

              No it isn’t, robert. It’s hatred. You just don’t like to admit that to yourself because it doesn’t fit your preferred internal and external image. Cognitive dissonance is uncomfortable. Far better to pretend it’s something else. Others can see it quite clearly, though. I can. 😐

            • Gezza

               /  November 13, 2018

              If I called the Opposition the “CommyNats … would you feel the need to balance the argument by slagging the Greens off some more?

              Possibly …. Would you like me to? o_O

            • robertguyton

               /  November 13, 2018

              Clearly, you Gezza, hate Metiria Turei; I can see it quite clearly. You’ve repeatedly expressed your hatred for her, behaviour I find very unbecoming in a grown man.

        • High Flying Duck

           /  November 13, 2018

          Martyn Bradbury is going on about the “big release” on December 13th that will blow everything else out of the water.
          Sounds a bit “moment of truth” to me – if it requires parliamentary privilege to say it, there can’t be much if any corroboration.
          But I guess we’ll see if anything else comes around. I think JLR has become a damp squib who will fade into ignominy.

      • slinkypress

         /  November 13, 2018

        Gower certainly isn’t sympathetic to the mental health issue or he would cease from pushing the story and keeping JLR in the news, can’t be good for JLR’s mental health, or was that just a story.

    • duperez

       /  November 13, 2018

      “This was a sophisticated hit from the leaker, setting in motion a political train wreck that’s now at bullet-speed – full-scale political carnage.”

      The florid language is meant to give events drama. Making things a drama and using extravagant language is his style.

      The description used in this case would be a classic to use with bright high school English or Media Studies kids. Necessarily that would mean needing to look at the events which elicited that summary. I can imagine a student then describing events with that sentence drawing a dismissive editorial, “Aww, fuck off.”

    • Trevors_Elbow

       /  November 13, 2018

      I like how you support USING a mentally unstable person, how else can JLR be described, to achieve political ends you agree with Robert.

      Have a look at yourself sunshine – I suspect you won’t see what you truly are as self delusion seems to be a strong pre-req to be a hard out Greenie, but try anyway and see if there is a shred of human decency in your make up…

      And this is the height of unintentional humour “I do believe their decent into dirty politicking is appalling”… given the JLR saga is almost the epitome of Dirty Politics and has been backed to the hilt by the Left/NZF

      • robertguyton

         /  November 13, 2018

        The JLR saga certainly does reek of Dirty Politics, Trevors-Elbow, but you’re drawing a very long bow suggesting that “the Left/NZF” have any involvement at all, other than as an appreciative audience. JLR’s actions had their genesis in the Dirty Politics so beloved by National and now they are enjoying it’s full-flowering.

        • Trevors_Elbow

           /  November 13, 2018

          Follow the NZF path via Lusk, Robert….follow the NZF path…

          • robertguyton

             /  November 13, 2018

            Pfffffftttttt!!

            • Trevors_Elbow

               /  November 13, 2018

              Ahhh cute……. Your beloved Greens are in bed with a Party that supposedly represents everything you party is against… and pfffttt is the best you can manage….

            • robertguyton

               /  November 13, 2018

              May I quote you, Trevors_Elbow?
              “supposedly”

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  November 13, 2018

              167 downticks….and the winner is…..

  4. artcroft

     /  November 13, 2018

    Huh? The only person who is finished is Gower. He’s completely irrelevant since being tossed from his job.

    • Corky

       /  November 13, 2018

      Remember that flash slinger called Johhny Angst, Arty? He thought he was the king of Dodge City until he was knee capped with hot lead. Poor Johnny wound up playing piano to the faithful in some second rate salon. This hombre Gower obviously don’t believes he’s got anything to learn from history. Dang fool.

      • artcroft

         /  November 13, 2018

        Damn straight Corky.

      • Gezza

         /  November 13, 2018

        I’ve always thought Gower looks like a gopher.

        Looks like he’s decided to gofer poor ol’ Simon. Unfortunately Paddy’s more of a dickhead than Simon, imo. Who listens to this prat? I’ll never forget the bastard faking that news item that purported to show there were men in the Pike River drift with a robot. What a dirty little shit sensationalist trick that was.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  November 13, 2018

        In amongst that 3rd rate imitation of a cut-price Western is the information that a flash slinger (who knows what that is; slinging flashes sounds most peculiar) we learn that the flasher, er, slinger ends up playing the piano in a salon.

        Hair salon? Nail salon? Dog grooming salon?

        • robertguyton

           /  November 13, 2018

          Why would there be a piano in a dog-grooming salon???

          • Corky

             /  November 13, 2018

            To piss Kitty off.😁🙄😁

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  November 14, 2018

            Why not ? It’s as likely as it would be in any other salon, in other words, not at all.

            I wonder if Corks doesn’t know the difference between a salon and a saloon.

  5. Gerrit

     /  November 13, 2018

    In one instance Robert is right. This is far from over. Not for National but NZ First. More to come out regarding NZ First involvement in this tawdry affair that is for sure.

    Lot of denying regarding the Lusk (and by extension Slater) NZ First connection but they move in the same circles.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12156891

    • duperez

       /  November 13, 2018

      I’ve heard NZ First had a secret meeting with Lusk at Comet Ping Pong. (Hillary wasn’t present.) Don’t tell anyone I told you. 🤣

  6. “… a sophisticated hit from the leaker…” it’s interesting to note that the in one of the original contexts for a sophisticate, he may well have been described as dishonest, fraudulent, pretender, upstart, inauthentic.

  7. Speaking of mental health issues and here comes Paddy. He’s demonstrated his singular lack of skill earlier this year when Southern and Molyneaux silenced him. He lacks intellect and he’s been seen at all his most inglorious Homer Simpson worst. Career wise he is effectively in the wildernesss. He’s ( at best ) an advocacy journalist shilling for the celebrity PM. I was embarrassed for him the manner in which he said that “Neve was the best thing to happen to NZ”. He couldn’t and didn’t explain this absolute madness. He’s lost the plot and therefore it’s almost impossible to take him seriously.

    Simon Brides will not lead Nats into the next election, but burying him before he’s dead only makes Paddy a ghoul. They did this to all the Labour leaders before Kardashian fever overtook their leadership decision and they installed Ms Smile, Wave, make us all a cuppa.

    I can’t say who Nats will appoint, but there’s far more depth and talent in their caucus than you can shake a stick at. Sadly, it seems Kaye doesn’t want a shot. That’s a pity as she’s proven she can beat Ardern and on less than a level playing field – an inner city electorate.

    Whoever takes over needs to be able to front foot it with Ardern. They need to engage and charm the Kiwi birds out of the trees.

    However, that said a week is along time in politics and there are many reasons Ardern may not even be the leader for the election.

    Changing leaders simply to entertain the frustrated “national “ editor Paddy won’t happen. Get back to the provinces Paddy and better report on Jones’ ineptness and possible corruption that’s been indicated by his 61 unrecorded, undeclared meetings.

  8. Sunny

     /  November 13, 2018

    Good summary P George. What a biased and bizarre empty piece of journalism. While Gower desperately tries to turn media attention back to National by reviving the disappointing Newshub hit job with no real hit or hold National to account for the teachers salaries?. Meanwhile he’s not holding the government of the day to account for the the growing Sroubek Lees -Galloway coverup scandal, the kiwibuild fizzer, the billion dollar trees fizzer, Primary teachers strike, Midwives Strike, PSU strike, Intermediate schools having half day today to talk with their unions about what will inevitably be another strike, and an energy crisis looming and an energy plan that will see jobs and industry lost and coal imported into NZ.

  9. PartisanZ

     /  November 13, 2018

    Lost in translation: Electoral finance and Chinese political influence …

    Yet another fabulous opportunity to ‘clean house’ … avoided …

  10. Conspiracy theory – its not a media hit job to hurt national, but considering Simon’s support base, its a media hit to HELP National by cleaning out the lack of charisma at the top, cleaning up the internal corruption RE donations for list positions, and the crazies near the top…..

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  November 13, 2018

      Don’t be silly. It’s just Gower and the media being entirely self-serving as usual.

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