Campbell Live have been running a week long jihad against the GCSB Bill. I’m actually fine with that. Media are allowed to take stands on issues, and I prefer media to be upfront about their leanings, than pretend they are neutral when they are not. It is no secret that John Campbell’s politics, and the show, lean far to the left of Labour.
As I said that’s fine, just as NBR leans to the right.
But considering Campbell Live is clearly crusading against the bill, it is was quite remarkable that the PM agreed to go on the show. But he did so last night, you can watch the video at this link.
I thought the PM did an excellent job of calmly explaining the bill, to fairly frenzied questions or statements from John Campbell. The PM is much better when he is the “explainer-in-chief” than when he is swiping at people who disagree on the bill.
As for John, I leave the commentary to his biggest fan:
@JohnJCampbell Raving is not interviewing, John. A graceless and embarrassing performance. This from your greatest fan. Brian
— Brian Edwards (@DrBrianEdwards) August 14, 2013
Again, I recommend people take the time to watch the video. Here’s Wallace Chapman on it:
— wallacechapman (@wallacelchapman) August 14, 2013
I agree with Wallace that the PM was superb. Cool, calm, collected, factual and reassuring.
If I was in the Labour Party, I’d be getting quite worried about next year’s election debates.