Why do NZ newspapers get extremists to write like McCarten and Minto
Good question Tim, I’d probably read these “left” and “right” type columns if firstly,those writing had some idea of what they were writing about and secondly could actually put up an argument with something to back it up rather than just make unproven/ unprovable infantile statements
Uncle Matt’s crap was there on 25th November. He wrote some bullshit about Labour conference and Shearer being the next best thing to sliced bread. Now that Labour and Shearer have won the latest opinion polls, he will write more bullshit as how John Key has been found out by Kiwi public etc very soon. Don’t you worry about it.
McCarten does produce some pretty wild stuff – but I suspect that hes not ‘way out’ enough for modern media who seem to insist upon darnright crazy stories to try to get head lines – like the story over the weekend that it was the police fault that a P manufacturer obtained the Darwin award by using a generator in the confined space of an old mine.
Thats seriously twisted thinking and you have to be a bit sick to think like that. McCarten isnt that sick.
I suspect the public loves unproven/ unprovable infantile statements.
that way average joe can read it to agree with it (and be amazed at how smart they and the writer are), or read it to go “what a moron!” and either way get their preconceptions reinforced and feel good about themself.
Newspapers love people like John Minto, and McCarten to a slightly lesser degree, because they can be relied upon to say something that is extreme and polarising. And that sells papers. Simple.
I have no issue with them writing. Despite what many people might say, we do live in a democracy and if someone is willing to publish Mad Minto then good for him. Also, it’s always helpful to know how these people think, their plans and ambitions – that’s extremely important in John Minto’s case, being the vice-president of a political party. People need to know his plans if they want to vote for Mana. So they need to know, for example, that John Minto hates the idea that anybody should be successful and make a load of money, and that Mana Party draft policy includes a maximum wage of $250,000. Nobody will be *allowed* to earn more than $250,000 under Mana.
Keep them writing. The more they write, the more we get to know exactly what sort of people they are.
I sincerely hope Matt is well, although we all know his prognosis wasn’t a happy one. If he had been dropped, I’m sure we would have heard about it! I would rather hear he was dropped than that he is unwell, though.
He always seemed to me to be of the hard left. If they are going to have him and people like him, then they need people of the right to make the newspaper “fair and balanced” to coin a phrase. The difficultly is there are very few well known commentators of the right, most of them might be slightly right on economic issues but in lockstep with the left on most social issues. DPF would fit that category.
We need principled writers who will make the case for smaller government and stronger families and communities. Individual responsibility, not government responsibility. Matt McCarten was always for bigger government and more wealth redistribution. I cannot say I will miss his contribution to the HOS.