Keys actual comments on the media

May 15th, 2012 at 3:55 pm by David Farrar

Do you recall before the election when the reported that “stormed” out of a press conference refusing to answer any more questions, and then the video showed it was a total beatup. He just called an end to questions and calmly exited.

Likewise we are now seeing reports that John Key “slammed” the media in his comments on . Luckily they videoed the show, so you can judge for yourself whether this was a “slamming” or in fact a reasonable critical analysis.

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33 Responses to “Keys actual comments on the media”

  1. Michaels (1,318 comments) says:

    But where’s the interest in the truth of the matter?

    (anyone else get ads for penguins while watching?)

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  2. virtualmark (1,514 comments) says:

    So NZ Herald goes with “Key denies slamming NZ media” … which puts an unreasonable and negative spin on Key’s manner & words.

    And Stuff goes with “Key bemoans ‘hostile’ media” … which makes me wonder if their definition of bemoans lines up with the dictionary.

    But, interestingly, neither media outlet had the self-awareness to figure both headlines just prove his point.

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  3. Ryan Sproull (7,060 comments) says:

    Uh, that’s about the most calm and composed I’ve ever heard John Key. Not even remotely moaning.

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  4. Ryan Sproull (7,060 comments) says:

    STOP PRESS! John Key makes calm, chilled-out observation in shock chilled-out observation frenzy!

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  5. Keeping Stock (10,177 comments) says:

    STOP STOP PRESS: We came to that conclusion after an in-depth interview with our typewriters…

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  6. m@tt (610 comments) says:

    STOP STOP STOP PRESS: Press treat John Key the same as every other politician.

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  7. Sam Hill (37 comments) says:

    So Key admits:

    They’re going to rush through policy as fast as possible.

    He’s been tired and needs more sleep.

    He thinks the media is aggressive and hostile towards National.

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  8. david (2,553 comments) says:

    Soper spent several minutes on ZB just before 4:30 defending the media and talking up their attitude. Seems like it must be a really, really, really slow news day, but then if all you have is Hone hariwira accusing the government of killing Maori kids and Winston having a zenophobic rant about shop signage, a throwaway by the PM about the Press acting exactly as he expected them to warrants major attention. The more I see the more I appreciate how much better off I am to have cancelled my Herald subscription.

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  9. labrator (1,846 comments) says:

    So Key admits:

    They’re going to rush through policy as fast as possible.

    He’s been tired and needs more sleep.

    He thinks the media is aggressive and hostile towards National.

    I hope the Herald have your number, that’s exactly the sort of reporting they need.

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  10. Cunningham (828 comments) says:

    The sad thing is this will probably be the headline story in the TV news. Really shows how poor journalism is in this country. It would be interesting to hear what most people think of his comments. I expect alot of them would agree with him and hate the MSM media!

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  11. Keeping Stock (10,177 comments) says:

    @ David – I heard Soper; FFS, if anyone was having a moan it was him. Fancy that nasty Prime Minister telling the truth about the small-minded media. I feel sorry for Ms du Plessis-Allen; her hubby’ll be in a mood most foul tonight!

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  12. RF (1,343 comments) says:

    John Key… is da man. Go John.

    The Shearer / Silent T nasty left infighting will keep them in the opposition benches for ages.

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  13. flipper (3,843 comments) says:

    It’s Key’s body language as much as the words. Relaxed, low key “no probs….”.

    Soper, Tabby Herald and greenfax are pissed because he called it like it is.

    The video is compulsory viewing for anyone with an interest in the currernt political situation.

    The media would be very, very silly to try and beat him over the head with his comments. But then, sadly, they are silly people.

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  14. Fisiani (993 comments) says:

    John Key said it was raining in Wellington. The Media claimed he was alleging a deluge of Biblical proportions.
    The Tall Poppy Syndrome is alive and well in NZ.

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  15. Dave Mann (1,187 comments) says:

    …. apostrophe ‘s’….

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  16. Dick Prebble (60 comments) says:

    What a psycho, it looks like he just has to take those jabs at the Herald and how about that moment when he dug into Guyon Espiner, what’s he got against him anyway? He looks like a Christian frothing at the mouth at gay marriage.

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  17. RightNow (6,841 comments) says:

    hehe … dick

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  18. berend (1,673 comments) says:

    John Key, can’t even slam the media.

    Are we already at my predicted $30 billion shortfall in revenue? Still borrowing $240 million a week last time I checked.

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  19. barry (1,317 comments) says:

    I see Gillard also blamed the media today which addressing the Ausy Unuion annual conference.

    Coincidence maybe. Are both parties in trouble?

    I always remind myself of the Nazis when this sort of blame is passed around. When things started to go wrong in germany what did Hitler and followers do? they found it necessary to blame some body for all the problems rather than address them.

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  20. BeaB (2,082 comments) says:

    Barry – you always remind yourself of the nazis, do you? Is that helpful or just totally irrelevant. And dumb.

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  21. Nostalgia-NZ (5,044 comments) says:

    I noted he mentioned Helen Clark who was also patronising about Key’s lack of experience before National tipped the previous Labour Government out. He seemed to be adopting the same tone, rather than deal with the issues raised in the media he gave a ‘sort of holier’ than thou overview and analysis of the Herald and other media. Personally, I couldn’t give a stuff what he thinks of the media, I want to see him deal with the issues that are hanging around him like a bad smell – John Banks for example or the more relevant news of the day prescription charges. We got the whitewash earlier that it was actually ‘better’ for the impoverished to pay more for prescriptions, I wanted to know why pensioners for example, or the long termed infirm, poor etc weren’t exempted from the increase. I think he missed a beat, showing that he has the idea that the public will simply dismiss issues because the Prime Minister knows who the various editors of papers are and their market volume.

    Everybody in the world knows that papers circulation numbers are in trouble, but that doesn’t mean they’re no longer relevant because JK says so.

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  22. tvb (4,254 comments) says:

    Print media is crap and blogs are exposing its weaknesses. It is a dying business. Rupert Murdoch is very gloomy about its future.

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  23. UpandComer (523 comments) says:

    Yeah fuck the MSM, they don’t even report the news anymore, they just filter it and slant it so that fat unintelligent fucks who sucked on helens tits for years can bloviate about rubish. The interenet is where the news is to be found. I hope the Herald and the dominion post in wellington completely die out.

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  24. David Garrett (6,774 comments) says:

    Dick Prebble: did you listen to a different audio from me? I heard him praising the reptilian prick Espiner…” A big loss to TV I…” “he’s pretty good…”

    How you got the impression he was criticising the prick is beyond me…

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  25. Mr Mistoffelees (1 comment) says:

    It’s clear the NZ herald editorial staff don’t realise their new target interest audience is more enamoured by Kim Kardashian allegedly having cellulite/surgery/cuddles than John Key farting.

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  26. Seán (397 comments) says:

    This video clip only proves John Key is definitely evil…he never said thanks for the cuppa brought to him…

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  27. Grendel (972 comments) says:

    sadly its working though. othewise intelligent people i know (though not that intelligent, becuase if they get the lefty green govt they keep pining for, they are going to be taxed out the ass as thanks for their hard work) are already calling JK a whiner and have taken the headline as gospel.

    hell some of them are even trying to claim that the media got national elected!

    the cognitive dissonance of some people when its the side they do not like is actually quite scary, makes you realise how easy it is for cults to hook people in, as people will accept almost anything if it vaguely fits with their own biases.
    So they dont like JK, so anything that makes him look bad they beleive even when its clearly bullshit.

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  28. wreck1080 (3,807 comments) says:

    TV3 late night news is disgraceful.

    To quote TV3….

    ‘now hes gone on radio moaning that the media is against him’

    I listened to Key on ZB this morning, and not once did he moan. In fact, he seemed rather amused by what was being reported.

    These wannabe NZ journalists have no standards or ethics.

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  29. Bogusnews (460 comments) says:

    Yep. And quite frankly, if he did complain the media were unnecessarily antagonistic towards him he would have been right. I still can’t get over the absolutely ridiculous teapot saga.

    One thing though that hugely impressed me was that he said NZ is now only borrowing $100Mil a week. If that’s right then bloody marvelous. Because of the complete train wreck left by Labour NZ was facing a decade of deficits, if that can be cut in half then I’m wrapped.

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  30. Mark (1,431 comments) says:

    FFS what politician doesn’t have a whine about the media at some point in their career. It’s in their job description so why does the media get in such a frenzy about it. Compared to Muldoon’s battles with the media this is not even a ripple. Pathetic!

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  31. Paulus (2,562 comments) says:

    Cancelled the Harold (and SST) some time ago so do not know what its all about.
    Do like a morning paper though but will wait until something more sensible comes along – if ever.
    Cancelled after the Ambrose affair got out of hand – not the “accidental” taping, but why did he sell it to the newspapers, and then why did he write an apology to JK.

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  32. KevinH (1,158 comments) says:

    Both TV1 and TV3 carried the “Key slams the media” story which was a total misrepresentation of the interview John Key had with Leighton Smith and a perfect example of the type of sensationalised headlines that John Key was referring to in his interview.
    The commercial reality is that increasingly the media’s job is not to entertain and inform, but to sell advertising.

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  33. flipper (3,843 comments) says:

    As I write this (12.26pm, 5.16.2012), Obama is “attacking” the US media in terms that make John Key’s observations on NZ media sound more like the admonition of an errant child by an OPA.

    Obama says there is “corruption, money, ideology, negative and sensationised presentation of inconsequential matters as “news”, in a manner that is demoralising the nation”.

    One await, in vain I suspect (with held breath), for the New York/Washington media elite to round on Obama as the NZ hacks And their biased producers/editors have on Key.

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