The Dim-Post

April 8, 2013

Do not meddle in the affairs of knuckleheads, for they are quick to anger and not remotely subtle

Filed under: Politics — danylmc @ 8:16 am

Prime Minister John Key is a forward-looking leader who is interested in outcomes, not processes. But even he will be watching the outcome of his first press conference from China – in which he’s been lit and shot to appear as if he is an eighty-year old with luminous yellow skin, and questioned and edited to sound like he’s just declared war on North Korea – and wonder if blaming his current domestic problems on the media while referring to them as ‘knuckleheads’ was a very robust process.


  1. Which all kind of paints the NZ media in a pale yellow light as well I would have thought but hey what do I know I’m just a semi-disinterested voter who doesn’t watch TV news because it’s always pretty shit anyway.

    Comment by TransportationDevice A7-98.1 — April 8, 2013 @ 8:24 am

  2. Yep, politicians tamper with the worlds most sensitive organ, the journalistic ego, at their peril.

    Comment by Roger — April 8, 2013 @ 8:36 am

  3. John key is saying he was mis-quoted by the NZ media, who “twisted” his press release. In the interests of accuracy, I reproduce the PM’s words below (as translated by my Chinese friend).

    “We are now in a state of war with North Korea. They are not the only ones with merciless rage. Unlike the South Korean weaklings and the cowards in the Pentagon I am unafraid to strike first! I also ignore the Sino-North Korean Mutual Aid and Cooperation Friendship Treaty – the Chinese will wilt in fear of our military might if they stand in our way! After this I will come after the shadowy EU Iluminati dictator pirates and the socialist traitor Obama! They may be sly and cunning but they have no honour or backbone, they will feel the pain of our mighty Kiwi host!”

    After his press release, John Key also announced he had appointed a recently retired Merrill-lynch currency trader supreme commander of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force.

    As Pete George points out over at Kiwiblog, it is clear the PM is the victim of monstrous media beat up – PG, quite rightly, demands to know why Grant Robertson wasn’t arrested sooner after he played politics with this serious issue and declared he thought the PM was insane.

    Comment by Sanctuary — April 8, 2013 @ 9:00 am

  4. I think Paddy’s revenge is somewhat justified. These trips are maybe 60% PR stunt, mostly because trade and foreign affairs are bilateral so the opposition can’t really attack you for anything. You don’t get to throw a temper tantrum at the media and then take them overseas with you and expect them to make you look good back home.

    Comment by danylmc — April 8, 2013 @ 9:11 am

  5. I can’t see how the interview painted Key in a bad light literally or figuratively.

    The questions were slightly leading but relatively straight and relevant.

    There seems to be a lot people wanting to make out what Key said about North Korea was somehow outrageous whe it wasn’t.

    God knows what they would say about Obama I’d he they were in the US. War monger or something.

    Comment by NeilM — April 8, 2013 @ 10:14 am

  6. Every time Key is in trouble he can rely on Labour to race to his assistance.

    Shearer and Goff’s hysterical response is just what he would have wanted.

    It’s really odd how every time there’s any hint of military involvement with the US Goff is off ranting about how National are selling off our sovereignty.

    He who sent troops to assist Bush now has a big problem with National working with Obama.

    Comment by NeilM — April 8, 2013 @ 10:31 am

  7. Actually I think the media has been believing a bit too much of its own sanctimony lately.

    It came across quite clearly that Key would not commit to helping South Korea, but also not commit to doing nothing either- what else could he say? Everything else has been beaten up.

    As for Paddy Gower trying to get Key to admit on TV that “China” is cyber attacking NZ companies, that was just an unsubtle attempt to create news.

    Gower getting arrested for using twitter against specific Chinese government orders, now that would hilarious news of his own making. I guess Key would put in a quiet good word to the Chinese on his behalf, explain how he didnt really mean to treat them with contempt, and that he’s just a knucklehead…

    Comment by Grant — April 8, 2013 @ 11:08 am

  8. Hasn’t our great leader ever heard of the UN??

    Comment by Northshoreguynz — April 8, 2013 @ 12:03 pm

  9. The UN is still at war with North Korea, no peace accord was ever reached.

    So maybe Key and Obama have heard of the UN.

    Comment by NeilM — April 8, 2013 @ 12:16 pm

  10. Hasn’t our great leader ever heard of the UN??

    The UN was a belligerent in the Korean War, and fought against North Korea.

    Comment by Graeme Edgeler — April 8, 2013 @ 12:21 pm

  11. If really thought we shouldn’t get involved in a war protecting South Korea we would have to withdraw from the UN.

    The thought that the Chinese and North Korean leadership are now lying awake at night because Key said the obvious is truly bizarre.

    They’re more likely to be wondering where those B2 bombers might be.

    Comment by NeilM — April 8, 2013 @ 12:27 pm

  12. They’re more likely to be wondering where those B2 bombers might be.

    Conveniently, two were re-based in Guam in late January.

    Comment by Gregor W — April 8, 2013 @ 1:13 pm

  13. Key’s troubles are of his own making.

    He acts like a third-rate comedian in Parliament. His favourite interviews are about gay red tops and who he’d do. He lives the glib. He is to statesmanship what Seven Sharp is to current affairs.

    Key’s legacy will be a major contribution to the decline of public discourse. Patrick Gower and the knuckleheads are creatures he has nurtured, and like all sci-fi baddies, they are turning on their human creator.

    Comment by sammy 2.0 — April 8, 2013 @ 1:17 pm

  14. Gower and Co are becoming very adept at being knuckleheads or maybe they have forgotten the old news adage about reporting the story not being the story.

    Comment by TransportationDevice A7-98.1 — April 8, 2013 @ 1:22 pm

  15. Another day another scandal. They rush by so quickly.

    At this rate Goddard’s latest, “Goodbye to Language” may cheer me up.

    Comment by NeilM — April 8, 2013 @ 1:28 pm

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