The so called honeymoon

April 12th, 2013 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

Media often talk about a new Government having a honeymoon, and it is pretty garbage journalism as it suggests that the Government’s support up until the end of the honeymoon isĀ artificialĀ or delusional, rather than earnt.

Toby Manhire has blogged how the media have declared the GCSB issue is the end of ’s media honeymoon, and then gives 12 previous references dating from 2007 to 2012 when various media or commentators also declared the honeymoon over.

It’s a cliche that should be buried. It has some validity in the first six months of a Government’s term, but after their first Budget, I think it is a near meaningless term.

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11 Responses to “The so called honeymoon”

  1. dime (10,212 comments) says:

    Agree. But its good to know that the media think they are smarter than everyone.

    “they dont understand. they just like the PM cause hes new” blah blah

    arrogant hacks

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  2. Bryce Edwards (228 comments) says:

    Mea culpa. I agree. I’ll try to never use that metaphor again!

    Bryce

    [DPF: Wasn’t aimed at you, but glad you agree]

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  3. Cunningham (846 comments) says:

    I wish my honeymoon lasted as long as Nationals has!

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  4. Mark (1,502 comments) says:

    GCSB will die a natural death as a story but Key should take a lesson from it that fudging the truth causes more problems than the so called miss deed. Ringing Fletcher, probably a bit unwise but not a biggie. Telling porkies about it gave a bit if a non issue wings to fly. Not his best moment but hardly a telling blow landed by the opposition either.

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  5. sparky (235 comments) says:

    I am very happy with the John Key/National government, and the GCSB carry on is just coming from a very inept Labour/Greens/Media who have nothing else to offer, so there out just to vindicate John Key. I say keep up the good work John Key, may your Honeymoon continue.

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  6. sbk (313 comments) says:

    gauging from s(hr)inking readership…would suggest that the public are divorcing the MSM…to many a Journo divorced from reality and “listing” to the left side.

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  7. Judith (8,534 comments) says:

    So John Key, Brownlee, Bennett and Collins have all been on a ‘honeymoon’. Damn those visuals are not good – thank goodness its almost over.

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  8. Paulus (2,707 comments) says:

    No its been going on since the last Election.
    In MSM terms it is “Ambrose Utu” whereby Key had the audacity to take legal action against Bradley Ambrose for “acidentally” bugging Key and Banks, then selling it to the media (who gave a hard copy to Winston).
    Whilst Ambrose apologied in writing to Key, which was accepted, the media have not forgiven him for the action in sueing one of the precious media.

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  9. Shazzadude (531 comments) says:

    I think it’s a legitimate political term, for me the honeymoon period is the time between first coming to power, and reaching your highest peak of support. Of course, by my reasoning that means talk of honeymoon periods should’ve ceased.

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  10. scrubone (3,097 comments) says:

    Labour’s honeymoon period lasted 7 years – that being the time that the media started to seriously call them to account. Stealing the best part of a million bucks tends to do that…

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  11. kyotolaw (48 comments) says:

    My honeymoon was over 5.5 years ago. I still love my wife…

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