Will anyone call him on his hypocrisy?

February 9th, 2012 at 3:04 pm by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says John Key should also be referred to police over his hosting of a radio show, not just RadioLive. …

I’m staggered that Stuff have not reported on the of that statement by Peters.

You see in 2008, the Electoral Commission referred NewstalkZB to the Police, for a prohibited election programme. And what was that election programme? It was an talkback programme hosted by Winston Peters (and another one by Shane Jones).

So Winston in 2008, did exactly what the PM did in 2011.

Unless Winston is being a total hypocrite (which of course he is), one can only conclude that he thinks he should have been referred to the Police in 2008, not just NewstalkZB.

Unlike Key, who did not talk about politics, Peters said during his talkback hosting:

We don’t mind who you vote for in your first vote, but buy yourself some insurance and give New Zealand First your party vote, your second vote

The Electoral Commission concluded in 2008:

the talkback programmes hosted by Winston Peters MP and Shane Jones MP, and broadcast on NewsTalk ZB, were broadcast in circumstances amounting to the commission of offences for the purposes of section 80 of the Broadcasting Act 1989

So let’s not hold our breath waiting for Winston to demand that he also be referred to the Police. Hopefully though the media will at least mention the gross hypocrisy.

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27 Responses to “Will anyone call him on his hypocrisy?”

  1. Keeping Stock (9,791 comments) says:

    Winston Peters a hypocrite? Surely not ;-)

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  2. bhudson (4,720 comments) says:

    Winston’s Greek name is Hippocrites.

    Someone once tried creating an oath in his name, but it keep changing on them.

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  3. Batman (97 comments) says:

    Having watched winston for the last couple of days, I have reaffirmed by opinion that anybody who voted for NZfirst last November should be banned from voting for the remained of their natural lives, no ifs or buts. He is a dinosaur that belongs back in the eighties with Hunt, Lange, Muldoon etc etc.

    although I do like how he is not being tolerated by either Lockwood or any of the National MPs, very funny!

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  4. plebe (271 comments) says:

    Calm down Mr Farrar, nothing will happen.This is the NEW NZ under the smarly smiley THE PM JOHN KEY our beloved leader,NOTHING WILL HAPPEN hell the police dont chase up house robberies these days so a bit of election fraud is sweet with the police who are paid by the fraudsters ,the National party.

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  5. Pete George (21,828 comments) says:

    The media seem to be giving Peters a free pass on everything at the moment and lauding his ‘great skill’ in opposition, regardless of the fact that many of his attacks are based on blatant bullshit or deliberate ignorance.

    Can Peters keep up the pace for three years?

    Can the media fail to see through their own celebrity over integrity obsession for that long?

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  6. BeaB (1,958 comments) says:

    The media loves Winston because he saves them the trouble of atcually having to think of a proper political story.

    He has been confused, inept and blustering in the House this week and put soundly in his place by Lockwood but according to the Herald he is doing brilliantly with his attacks on the government.

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  7. flipper (3,274 comments) says:

    What concerns me DPF is the BS emanating from the paragons of virtue is the MSM – O’Herald, Fairfax, Newstalk ZB et al.
    They claim Key has been “found guilty” of breaking a provision of the ElectoraL Act.

    That is CRAP.There has been NO SUCH FINDING.

    The dillentantes in the EC have a view. But that does not mean they are correct. Onlky a Court can decide (ultimately the Supreme Court, which is possible in this case if JK is cited as a party) whether the law has been broken.

    One would expect a ” reporter” with a level 8 education to know and report that.

    Sadly, the W & W MSM (et al) let themselves down again.

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  8. m@tt (535 comments) says:

    “I’m staggered that Stuff have not reported on the hypocrisy of that statement by Peters.”
    Staggered? Really? Just a wild stab here but it’s probably not reported because the basis of the story is radio live and John Key. Not Winston.
    Sure Winston is a prize hypocrite, if only marginally more than most politicians, but that doesn’t mean he is wrong.
    A paragraph pointing it out wouldn’t really do much to the factual base of the story.

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  9. Yvette (2,591 comments) says:

    Winston does not stand alone on this issue of hypocrisy –

    The Labour Party complained to the Broadcasting Standards Authority (BSA) and the commission stating the show breached the Broadcasting Act and that it was unfair their leader at the time, Phil Goff, was not allocated equal time.

    If I remember correctly, at the time Labour was not showing their leader in releases nor on billboards and generally trying to play down the fact that he existed, such an embarrassment it was to have a figurehead that they were going to replace immediately after the Election, as they did, in a circus up and down the country. Who was being “unfair to their leader at the time”?

    How about a little bloody consistency, Labour? You wanted Radio Live to feature Goff while you pretended he didn’t exist?

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  10. fish_boy (152 comments) says:

    Bless, it is only February 9th and Winston has already got DPF looking like a prime candidate for some prescription tranquilizers.

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  11. Rick Rowling (776 comments) says:

    Winston’s followers and kiwi churnalists aren’t sophisticated enough to see any further than Winston’s soundbite, so no, he won’t be called out.

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  12. Rick Rowling (776 comments) says:

    Meanwhile Plebe has evidence of corruption by the police and the National Party.

    Either that or he’s just making up crap as he goes along.

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  13. joana (1,983 comments) says:

    Key sunk to a new low calling Winston a monkey in parliament. Thinly veiled racism…. Perhaps he should stop and think about all the names people are calling him.

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  14. adze (1,695 comments) says:

    joana,
    Key was out of line calling someone that. Besides which, Winston is more of a mosquito.

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  15. expat (4,048 comments) says:

    Perhaps he meant trained monkey, as in Winnie is a one or two trick wonder. Good at those tricks but none the less he has a limited repertoire that you could attribute to a trained lower primate.

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  16. side show bob (3,660 comments) says:

    Winnie really should stop pulling himself, he’ll go blind. Shit two days in parliament and enough scandal and bullshit for at least a month. Like the boy that continually cry’s wolf it will all wear a bit thin in the long run. Yeah keep the government honest Winnie but you have three years to fill up, you’ll be a raving lunatic if you keep this bs up.

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  17. expat (4,048 comments) says:

    On topic again, I believe Winnie has cut himself a deal with some Labour spins merchants who have softened up the news outlets, specifically RNZ, to have Winnie spread the smears leaving Labour HQ above the fray.

    I guess we’ll see how long the money lasts.

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  18. bhudson (4,720 comments) says:

    joana,

    Key sunk to a new low calling Winston a monkey in parliament. Thinly veiled racism…

    Racism? It was no such thing. Perhaps the PM was merely trying a line of enquiry to find out who was the ‘organ grinder’…

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  19. Keeping Stock (9,791 comments) says:

    joana said

    Key sunk to a new low calling Winston a monkey in parliament. Thinly veiled racism

    After Peters’ tirades against Asian immigrants over the last 20 years? You’re taking the piss aren’t you? Winston Peters is a serial racist of the worst possible kind.

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  20. Muzza M (286 comments) says:

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the “sucking on the tax payer tit” wanker has a heart attack at some stage.

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  21. hj (5,703 comments) says:

    Winston Peters is a serial racist of the worst possible kind.
    …..
    “Immigration and tax breaks for investment in residential property are being cited as the underlying causes of steep increases in the cost of housing over the past decade.

    New Zealand now boasts one of the highest rates of home unaffordability in the world as a result of prices rising far faster than incomes, and the government’s Savings Working Group blames that squarely on the policies of successive governments.

    Although “the favourable tax treatment of property investment” accounted for about 50% of house price increases between 2001 and 2007, the working group said, there was also strong evidence that rapid swings in immigration brought about price-rise “shocks”.

    There was a sharp spike in immigration in 2001, 2002 and 2003 and, said working group committee member Dr Andrew Coleman, it appeared that property prices did not fall anywhere near as greatly when immigration fell again.

    The report added that there was little evidence that immigration boosted local incomes. In fact, the need to build roads and schools meant that net migration contributed to the national deficit. ”
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/money/4622459/Government-policies-blamed-for-house-prices

    Among policy and analytical circles in New Zealand there is a pretty high degree of
    enthusiasm for high levels of immigration. Some of that stems from the insights of
    literature on increasing returns to scale. Whatever the general global story, the actual
    productivity track record here in the wake of very strong inward migration is poor.
    In an Australian context, the Productivity Commission – hardly a hot-bed of
    xenophobia or populism – concluded that any benefits from migration to Australia
    were captured by migrants and there were few or no discernible economic benefits to
    Australians.
    And that was in a country already rich and successful and with
    materially higher national saving and domestic investment rates than those in NZ.
    http://www.treasury.govt.nz/downloads/pdfs/mi-jarrett-comm.pdf

    the benefits accrue to the good old boys of property, eh what! :wink:

    Nationals never short of a bob???!

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  22. burt (7,091 comments) says:

    Just wait for Winston to once again start saying National have secret trusts and big business backers…. You know the reality is that the only way to actually know what Winston is doing is to listen to him and whatever he accuses others of doing – that’s what he is actually up to. Most sociopaths behave this way.

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  23. jackp (668 comments) says:

    “Unlike Key, who did not talk about politics, Peters said during his talkback hosting:”

    This is a rediculous statemnt, farrar. A major public figure, Prime Minister, hosting a radio show for an hour.. that’s not politics because they didn’t specifically talk politics?? The electoral commission thought otherwise. Incidentlyl, when are you going to prove that Peters is an illegal candidate?? Why stop after the elections?? You can’t replicate Carl Rove, you aren’t nearly as smart but you certainly are immoral enough.

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  24. Salacious Crumb (28 comments) says:

    Memory is the first thing to go in the chronically imbibed.

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  25. BeaB (1,958 comments) says:

    Had to laugh at someone on National Radio this morning saying there can’t be any programmes about the election in the months leading up to voting day. What a stupid country we can be sometimes.
    No wonder so few bother to vote. The elections are such a minefield of confusing and draconian rules that it’s easier to stay out of it altogether.
    What happened to free speech?
    And who really believes a radio show hosted by the PM in September had such a lasting effect right through the rugby world cup until the end of November?

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  26. Paulus (2,298 comments) says:

    Winston does not care a damn what he is called.
    As now Leader of the Opposition the so called media love a story, and he will give them whatever they want.
    The media depends on ratings and making money – nothing else and Winston is helping them.
    Did we not have a Labour Party or are they just resting still being in Parliament ? With Winston getting the headlines they have nothing to do.

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  27. hj (5,703 comments) says:

    Booooo Hooooo! Why didn’y Farraf knock out Winston before the electionn (that’s his job). Then we could get away with the same old crap! :cry:

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