Mydeology has done a comparison of how four blogs covered the Worth scandal in 2009 and the Highes scandal of 2011, by counting up the number of posts they made over the first two days on the scandal. Their findings:
- The Standard – 11 posts on Worth, 1 on Hughes
- Tumeke – 6 posts on Worth, 1 on Hughes
- Kiwiblog – 5 posts on Worth, 5 on Hughes
- Whale Oil – 6 posts on Worth, 11 on Hughes
- Pro-Labour blogs will comment heavily (5 or more articles) when a scandal is anti-National, but very lightly (less than two articles) in comparison when it is an anti-Labour scandal.
- Right-wing blogs will comment heavily when a scandal is anti-National, and heavily when it is anti-Labour.
- Pro-Labour blogs produce around 10 anti-National scandal articles to every one anti-Labour scandal article.
- Right-wing blogs produce between 1-2 anti-Labour scandal articles to every one anti-National scandal article.
Their post made me wonder what was my first reaction to the Worth scandal. It was:
Now this is just ridicolous. You can’t have a secret resignation – or a resignation for undisclosed reasons. The Government is bonkers if they think the reasons won’t come out, let alone that they do not have a duty to disclose them. And refusing to state the reasons will keep it as a story for days and weeks, instead of a three day wonder.
If you resign as a Minister, you need to say why you are resigning. Not the full details, but at least some reason.
So I was actually pretty harsh on the Government’s initial response. I followed up saying:
The more I think about this, the more stupid it is not to state why he has resigned. As in majorly stupid. The public will wonder what the Government is hiding, the Opposition will assume the worst, the media will dig up dirt until they find the reason, and the Governments looks shifty. Before it is too late, the Government should arrange for either Key or Worth to explain why Worth resigned – the public have a right to know.