Lew at Kiwipolitico breaks down Bill English’s propaganda spot on TVNZ:
the factor which makes this more a political advertisement than anything else, is that Bill English is the connection between the two narratives: if you accept the narrative line, he is the key to turning the dream into reality. This is essentially an overarching ‘hope’ narrative, a most powerful sort in troubled times, as Barack Obama realised
The Standard gets an invite to the show’s breakfast launch. Up until now I’ve felt that TVNZs marketing department were using English to promote their show the same way they’d use any celebrity and that they genuinely were too stupid to understand concepts like balance of views and objectivity in political programming. So I was a bit surprised to see that their political editor – who is very smart and understands these issues very well – is fronting the debate.