There are certainly things about which the media should be attacking John Key. (Me, I’ve been doing it for years.) But attacking him for attacking them? Well, I heard Key’s interview on Leighton Smith’s show—heard it at the time—and I heard no attack. No whining. No slamming of the media. None at all. Just comments about how the media seemed to have ended their love-fest with him, and a few (accurate) remarks about how the Herald and Sunday Star Slime have gone tabloid.
So subsequent stories and press suggesting there was a tantrum looks like a clear case of Key Derangement Syndrome.
And it leaves me in the uncomfortable position of agreeing with Bill Ralston.*
Mind you, it’s not a bad thing that the media’s rose-tinted Smile and Wave glasses have receded if it means we’ll now see honest criticism of the man instead of the hagiography we’ve been served up over the last four years.
Because there is so much to criticise--and you do not need to make it up.
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* Mind you, Ralston is completely wrong in that same post in defending Murray McCully. Not just because he’s defending a turd like McCully (something that should revolt every human being). But, well, what exactly would be wrong with Foreign Ministers having meetings on Skype? Eh?