The Dim-Post

June 14, 2013


Filed under: blogging — danylmc @ 8:29 am

National’s new comms strategy is very smart. Normally if a party has a minor story about someone in an opposing party – like the half-wit Labour MPs in the Sky City corporate box – they shop it around the press gallery or raise it in Parliament, but often-as-not the story just dies or ends up in a side-bar.

But if National gives it to DPF who publishes it as a rumour on his blog then suddenly the press gallery are competing with each other to track down the story behind the rumour! And when they do it’s a big scoop that they’ve uncovered through the awesome power of journalism, not a trivial political attack.


  1. David was in the Air NZ BOX and saw them. Stop crediting National with more smarts than they have.

    Sent from my iPhone

    Comment by barnsleybill — June 14, 2013 @ 8:43 am

  2. I’m not sure how ‘new’ this is.

    Comment by Ben — June 14, 2013 @ 8:52 am

  3. True, but it helps if you don’t all start swimming in a barrel before you give DPF the gun.

    Comment by Sanctuary — June 14, 2013 @ 8:52 am

  4. Sorry, but totally wrong. I saw Clayton Cosgrove leaving the Sky City box and tweeted it immediately (well once out of the lift I shared with him) that a Labour MP had been in their box. The real story here is Labour’s political incompetence at making the story last an entire week, rather than fessing up who was there within a day,

    Comment by dpf — June 14, 2013 @ 9:15 am

  5. dpf, focusing on the big issues, as always…

    Comment by mike — June 14, 2013 @ 9:43 am

  6. I’d like to hear the right’s excuse for why it’s okay for National MPs to accept Sky City’s hospitality, but not for Labour. The Labour muppets deserve all they’re getting from their own side, but dpf’s criticism makes him a hypocrite (although we already knew that).

    Comment by pete — June 14, 2013 @ 9:52 am

  7. Pete. I don’t think it okay for any politicians to accept corporate hospitality. National wouldn’t have been hypocritical if they had accepted sky city hospitality but still doesn’t make gift taking acceptable. I noticed however that john key was sitting in the stands with the crowd so it was only labour members who were caught at the trough.

    Comment by Bruce — June 14, 2013 @ 10:40 am

  8. I’d like to hear the right’s excuse for why it’s okay for National MPs to accept Sky City’s hospitality, but not for Labour.

    It’s a matter of moral standards. National MPs with their snouts in the Sky City trough have provided Sky City with a valuable quid pro quo in the form of additional poker machines and a serious attempt to bind future govts to protect Sky City’s profits from said pokies. They’ve earned their place at the trough. Labour MPs are turning up in the corporate box without having bent over and spread ’em for Sky City in any way, which is apparently just low (if you’re DPF or a 3News reporter).

    Comment by Psycho Milt — June 14, 2013 @ 10:47 am

  9. Much squealing from gweebour little piggies.

    Comment by Darren — June 14, 2013 @ 12:03 pm

  10. What dpf did is understandable: He spotted an inconsistency between a party’s public comments and the actions of two of its members then posted about it with a pretty unvarnished article. But I really dislike how the MSM jumps on unimportant quibbles like this instead of putting the hard word on politicians about issues that are actually important – such as how do we change our immigration policies to improve the recruiting pool of the Black Caps? (Or about child hunger – take your pick.)

    Comment by Ataahua — June 14, 2013 @ 12:31 pm

  11. Can anyone translate what Darren just said?

    Comment by Alex Braae — June 14, 2013 @ 12:36 pm

  12. Possibly, Alex, but I doubt that anyone _should_.

    Comment by pete — June 14, 2013 @ 12:37 pm

  13. You are just flailing for purchase boys.

    Comment by Darren — June 14, 2013 @ 1:16 pm

  14. What are purchase boys? Like rent boys, but with a longer service commitment?

    Comment by Psycho Milt — June 14, 2013 @ 1:33 pm

  15. “…You are just flailing for purchase boys…”

    When apostrophes attack.

    Comment by Sanctuary — June 14, 2013 @ 1:41 pm

  16. David was in the Air NZ box

    Ah, so another way taxpayers money gets slushed to government supporters – they buy a box at the rugby (how exactly does that make people choose to fly on their airline?) and invite NACTs friends along.

    Comment by rich — June 14, 2013 @ 1:43 pm

  17. I’m sorry, Tim, Darren is just such a fuck-knuckle name!

    And I think it is as much a desertion of commas, as an attack of apostrophes. Dar’s comment certainly left me flailing for the keyboard.

    Comment by Clunking Fist — June 14, 2013 @ 1:55 pm

  18. @ Ataahua – fair point. No problem with a Nat exposing Labour hypocrisy, but it would be nice if the MSM focused on little trivia, like rampant US govt spying on everyone, etc.

    It is also noticeable that National have used Danyl’s outlined spin method since they came to power, but it really has worked for them in the last two years. Labour & Greens have failed to emulate this because their blog feeds to the MSM are Red Alert and FrogBlog, and their liberal MPs and activists pounce on any commenter dissent with the party line, which kills interest in the blog, and hence MSM interest in the blog as ‘representative’ of public opinion (Waitakere man, etc). Heck, Mallard & co. actively censor anyone who strays from pure Rogernomics.

    P.S. The Black Caps should perhaps recruit a rain dancer – it worked against the Ozzies 😉

    @ Sanctuary #3 – best. comment. ever. 🙂

    Comment by bob — June 14, 2013 @ 2:57 pm

  19. Ah yes the usual underemployed trio of sancy, psycho and fist manage to slip in some rent boy humour, who would have guessed.

    Comment by Darren — June 14, 2013 @ 4:52 pm

  20. So DPF you admit that you knew the identity of at least one of the Labour MP’s, but chose not to reveal this in your blog. Thus you have just proved Danyl’s assertion correct. Thank you.

    Comment by Warren — June 14, 2013 @ 5:56 pm

  21. Darren,

    I don’t think you are permitted to comment on a post titled “clever”.

    And can you be Tim again? He had class (comparatively speaking, of course).

    Comment by Flashing Light — June 14, 2013 @ 6:53 pm

  22. And making up the box of useful idiots is our wee lad flash bless.

    Comment by Darren — June 14, 2013 @ 7:18 pm

  23. YAWN!

    Comment by peterlepaysan — June 14, 2013 @ 8:05 pm

  24. I heard about this but, for some reason, a few days later, I thought it was all a dream. Probably because I’m still too optimistic a person and didn’t think National would try to diminsh their 35 year compensation clause by a story so pathetic and weak.

    Comment by Daniel Lang — June 15, 2013 @ 11:15 am

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