The Dim-Post

April 7, 2010

Every Breath Chris Carter Takes

Filed under: media,Politics — danylmc @ 1:51 pm

I agree with Brian Edwards: Duncan Garner’s obsession with Chris Carter has wandered into dark and uncharted psychological terrain.  I think you could make a strong public interest argument if Garner were to stalk, say Jacinda Ardern or maybe even Simon Bridges, but someone needs to tell TV3’s political editor that his unhealthy fascination for Carter is one story the rest of the country does not want live updates on.

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  1. firstly, the comment I am about to type about Carter should in no way lead anybody to the conclusion that I agree with anything Garner ever does. His continued use of the “Angelina Jolie” picture when reporting on Clark during the last election was sickening.
    Right then.
    Chris Carter is the architect of this problem. We all know he is a weapons grade travel trougher and has been for over a decade. Two days work in the carribean for a three week trip was the last jolly and actually this year in direct contrast to the claim that this is his first trip this year. Why a soon to retire worn out shadow spokesman would need to go witness a British election is hard to fathom allthough I note it is happening just prior to the release of the last govts ministerial expenses report. Getting a last trip in before the balloon goes up perhaps?

    We need a complete revamp of Mp’s expenses, remuneration and travel/ accomodation expenditure. It needs to be placed within the parameters of OIA and it needs to happen soon. Allowing the piggies decide how much they can eat is a disgrace. Sunlight will see millions wiped off expenditure.

    Comment by Barnsley Bill — April 7, 2010 @ 2:00 pm

  2. You should bury the hatchet with Garner – I’m sure he’d pay you good money for some of Carter’s undergarments.

    Comment by danylmc — April 7, 2010 @ 2:23 pm

  3. Fun thread at Edwards’ blog. I liked this:

    “Surprising that Goff would sign off on this when Labour appear to be getting some traction on various issues knowing full well Garner would launch into him. Could he not sacrifice a holiday for the good of the party for once.”

    Yup, if you ignore the quite reasonable and stated reason for Carter’s travel, and replace it with the ‘another free holiday’ blogmeme version which at this stage is completely unsupported by any facts, then certainly Goff’s decision to sign off on the travel at this stage would be surprising. People’s decisions tend to be surprising when you’ve just mentally chucked the most obvious and sensible rationale for said decision out the window.

    Comment by Sam Finnemore — April 7, 2010 @ 2:39 pm

  4. Saw the story signposted last night, anticipated moderate scandal, got ‘i’m completely paying for everything except the discounted air travel, which i’m entitled to’. Cue deflation.

    Yup, if you ignore the quite reasonable and stated reason for Carter’s travel

    Not quite sure how ‘reasonable’ this is, but if that’s how an opposition MP wants to spend their time rather than holding the government to account that’s up to’im.

    Comment by StephenR — April 7, 2010 @ 3:13 pm

  5. Of course its a scandal, imagine organising a trip at the tax payers expense around a few pointless meetings and discussions with ideological pals.

    Oops, Rodney is no teh gay, so Dunc looks the other way!

    Comment by andy (the other one) — April 7, 2010 @ 3:34 pm

  6. Oh and a wedding too, forgot that bit. Hope we the taxpayer bought Rodders bit on the sides brother a nice pressie…

    Comment by andy (the other one) — April 7, 2010 @ 3:35 pm

  7. Yeah, surely any story is that Carter is no longer wildly squandering taxpayer money when he goes on these trips.

    Comment by danylmc — April 7, 2010 @ 3:39 pm

  8. Look, I am against all of these pricks having a lend of us. Hide, Carter et al. But Carter is the worst of the lot.
    Until we are permitted to see what they spend our money on without hiding it this will continue each and every time one of them gets to have another business class jolly.
    Toaday we have a chinese migrant in court who was “helped” by numerous labour members and even ministers who refused to hede the advice of their departments and granted the man with five names a shiny new citizenship ceremony.
    We are all waiting to see what fun will ensue after the previous mobs ministerial expense claims are released. No doubt disappointment will follow after they have been redacted to death.
    And i am not that green that I think the current lot are not just as bad.

    Comment by Barnsley Bill — April 7, 2010 @ 3:52 pm

  9. Actually if “observing elections” is party business then DPF’s take is pretty good.

    Comment by StephenR — April 7, 2010 @ 4:00 pm

  10. Actually if “observing elections” is party business then DPF’s take is pretty good.

    Surely if it’s a story then Bennett going to the US to study for five weeks is an even bigger story, since she’s paid twice as much as Carter and has huge responsibilities in country.

    Comment by danylmc — April 7, 2010 @ 4:14 pm

  11. Carter’s probably doing job interviews there as he looks for the next trough.

    Comment by Captain Crab — April 7, 2010 @ 4:29 pm

  12. Danyl, spot on. As is captain crab.

    Comment by Barnsley Bill — April 7, 2010 @ 4:31 pm

  13. Can someone remind me which team is running the show at present, I seem to remember a year or so ago we had an election and Labour LOST, so they are in opposition.

    So by my rekoning the winning team with the smiley guy run the show and make the rules, so the gay guy who was on the LOSING team is being held to a standard that smiley guy sets.

    When will the media (Garner) wake up to the fact that smiley guy is in charge and relaxed about it. And Labour are in the weeds and not news.

    Waking up to the dulcet tones of morning report every morning it is becoming ever more repetitive that ‘the minister declined to come on the show/comment’. We have a government that is not very willing to explain itself to the media and a media with a 2008 mindset that Labour is still running the shop and needs to be questioned on everything.

    /rant

    Comment by andy (the other one) — April 7, 2010 @ 4:48 pm

  14. Waking up to the dulcet tones of morning report every morning it is becoming ever more repetitive that ‘the minister declined to come on the show/comment’.

    Oh come on. Ministers aren’t actually responsible for anything, are they?

    Comment by George Darroch — April 7, 2010 @ 5:36 pm

  15. Surely if it’s a story then Bennett going to the US to study for five weeks is an even bigger story, since she’s paid twice as much as Carter and has huge responsibilities in country.

    I agree. It was picked up on, but we haven’t heard much since, why is that? Surely it had a bit more mileage than that. Maybe Labour are using it but the media isn’t reporting it?!

    Comment by StephenR — April 7, 2010 @ 6:55 pm

  16. Ummm … Carter going as an “observer” for the British election? Why? And why are we having to pay for his airfare, when this isn’t any sort of business of our government or our opposition?

    Bennett … won a Fulbright Fellowship. Isn’t that a bit different? And I presume her expenses are covered, so we aren’t paying for it.

    That said, as noted, she _does_ have ministerial responsibilities. Maybe someone takes over while she’s away, like some places do when someone takes a sabbatical?

    Comment by David in Chch — April 7, 2010 @ 8:02 pm

  17. Carter deserves it all. Go fatty Garner.

    Comment by xpat — April 7, 2010 @ 8:57 pm

  18. Garner could have focused on the more obvious issue of Carter’s lying over the whaling issue. But then that escaped Edwards as well.

    I’d quite like it if prominent Labour stalwarts such as Edwards took Labour to task over some of the obnoxious things to have come out of Labour such as the FSA and the current stupidity in that issue.

    Comment by Neil — April 7, 2010 @ 10:58 pm

  19. Not sure why a discussion of Garner’s ineptitude should lead to a satirical suggestion of stalking Ardern or Bridges. What evil hath they wrought? Apols if there’s a joke in there that I’m missing, thickly.

    Comment by Ethan Tucker — April 8, 2010 @ 1:10 am

  20. “Not sure why a discussion of Garner’s ineptitude should lead to a satirical suggestion of stalking Ardern or Bridges.”

    my only guess is that Danyl considers those two more sexually attractive, and thinks Garner should stalk people for that reason. After all, that’s what real gutter press do.

    Comment by kahikatea — April 8, 2010 @ 8:21 am

  21. are you kidding me neil? the fsa is a completely legitimate response to a massive problem of iwi taking questionable freehold title over imporant resources then fucking it up for everyone. national have fucked up again by even touching it (or going into govt. with the maori party)

    Comment by chris — April 8, 2010 @ 8:23 am

  22. I think Edwards missed the larger pathology here. I’ve long said Garner is so desperate for another “gone by lunchtime” sin-sational scoop, that he’s become prone to rather weird “gotcha!” non-stories that are over-hyped and don’t deliver at all. (And just to add insult to injury, there are often legitimate stories that have been buried under the nonsense.) The only kind thing you can say about them is that Garner is at least an entirely non-partisan dickhead.

    Comment by Craig Ranapia — April 8, 2010 @ 8:28 am

  23. andy (the other one):

    Sorry for the reality check, but under the previous government Ministers were perfectly happy not tell Morning Report to bugger off. Might want to open both eyes there. I do find it enormously frustrating too, but let’s not pretend that it’s anything new.

    Comment by Craig Ranapia — April 8, 2010 @ 8:30 am

  24. @craig

    I do find it enormously frustrating too, but let’s not pretend that it’s anything new.

    Never claimed that Labour didn’t do it too and your correct it is not new, but right her right know our government in our name are floating some big direction changes and not even fronting to spin in the positive (which is what I expect). This is creating a media vacuum in which falls stories about how shit labour are as current opposition and shock horror some of the opposition are girly men who complain about kids on planes and take their partner on holidays with them. Well news flash we can all see that.

    As for opening both eyes I try but in the end we all fail at it, I suppose my frustration comes from this government having a good long period to define its policies in opposition, not really having to explain them during the last election and not really having to explain why some of them have been such a balls up at implementation when they should have been ready to go from the start of parliamentary urgency.

    Once again this serves none of us well.

    /rant v2.0

    Comment by andy (the other one) — April 8, 2010 @ 8:52 am

  25. “…right her right know…”

    Are you singing the World Cup theme song in some stange accent?

    Comment by Pat — April 8, 2010 @ 9:19 am

  26. Are you singing the World Cup theme song in some stange accent?

    Aaaarrrrrggghh! its already infected my brain, pass the bleach please. Accent based on bad typing and proof reading skillz, my spoken accent is pure ‘outrageous fortune’ bro!

    Comment by andy (the other one) — April 8, 2010 @ 10:03 am

  27. What about Nikki Kaye? Would her stalking by Duncan Garner be an item of national interest?

    Comment by LucyJH — April 8, 2010 @ 10:19 am

  28. “This is creating a media vacuum in which falls stories about how shit labour are as current opposition and shock horror some of the opposition are girly men who complain about kids on planes and take their partner on holidays with them.”

    because of course difficulty in coping with young children is a ‘girly’ thing. Males are always much better in coping with young children ;-)

    Comment by kahikatea — April 8, 2010 @ 11:06 am

  29. Bennett … won a Fulbright Fellowship. Isn’t that a bit different? And I presume her expenses are covered, so we aren’t paying for it.

    That said, as noted, she _does_ have ministerial responsibilities. Maybe someone takes over while she’s away, like some places do when someone takes a sabbatical?

    Comment by David in Chch

    Eisenhower Fellowship. For the Women’s Leadership Programme. Because we know National just love gender-based programmes and institutions, like the Ministry of Women’s Affairs.

    “I believe New Zealand has much to learn from the way the US harnesses the innovations and entrepreneurship of corporate leaders to work with communities and Government to create real gains for the social sector.”

    You did raise a good question though – what happens to her portfolio while she’s away studying… er… successful models of corporate social responsibility in the US. However related that is to her actual job. She goes in October/November, too – one of the busiest periods in Parliament.

    Comment by dontsurf — April 8, 2010 @ 3:23 pm

  30. She goes in October/November, too – one of the busiest periods in Parliament.

    And right in the middle of the benefit reform/crack downs, hard to defend a policy from a place called sabbatical.

    Super Joyce to the rescue maybe.

    Comment by andy (the other one) — April 8, 2010 @ 3:35 pm

  31. @dontsurf

    Thank you. Putting Bennett and Fulbright in the same sentence made me shudder.

    Comment by Dav — April 8, 2010 @ 4:40 pm

  32. Thank you. Putting Bennett and Fulbright in the same sentence made me shudder.

    Comment by Dav

    Yes, I sicked up a little in my mouth, too.

    Comment by dontsurf — April 8, 2010 @ 5:08 pm

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