Gerard Otto Facebook: Partisan National Media in Self Isolation for years

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I woke up this morning to hear a disturbing sound.

The jingle jangle of modern NZ media suggesting we blame Ashley for shit he could not do anything about – when Media had not raised the alarm themselves for years.

Can you recall Media like Stuff or NZME putting the issue of New Zealand’s EPIDEMIC CONTACT TRACING capability on page one at any time during the past decade?

“You’d better think” said Aretha

“You’d better think about the consequences of your actions”.

The Media are supposed to hold Governments to account – according to themselves ( snigger ) – but I’d bet four fried chickens and a coke – nobody can find any evidence of Media doing their fucking job on this point.

Instead they want to blame Ash.

The guy shouldering the effort to protect us all.

I hate Illinois Nazis.

But I hate a lazy media as well.

They have filthy mouths and bad attitudes.

Stuff wrote today how we should not be afraid to ask questions about Ashely’s performance when Stuff were themselves “back in five minutes” all through January and February.

How about not being afraid to ask Media about their own performance?

It’s only THIS week that Media have gotten around to raising issues that have been sitting in the corner for years.

Begging to be highlighted by a media that actually gets out from behind it’s 24 hour news cycle keyboard.

Yesterday Grant Robertson raised the point to the bespectacled ferret Goldsmith – that he would struggle to recall fighting for more contact tracing capability back in 2016.

Yes National, what did you do about it?

Crickets.

Infometrics told us National cut $1.7 Billion from the Health Budget between 2010 and July 2015.

“How often does the media train run by here?”

“So often you won’t even notice it”

That’s the other problem.

If it’s not a scandal it’s not a headline.

Professor Skegg told Simon Bridges he’d written a book about how successive governments have ignored Public Health concerns – trading them off – like economists do.

Fix the cigarette lighter.

Nobody in the media has gotten around to highlighting the issues in Professor Skegg’s book – even now.

Instead Simon Bridges has quarantined long term Public Health issues and focused solely upon the time it has taken to respond urgently to a situation National is partially responsible for.

Yesterday Bridges ( the most isolated figure in NZ politics ) told media his bogus petition garnered 50,000 so he is not worried about how 24,000 furious kiwis think he is a cock.

A petition pleading for policy already in action.

Bridge’s is hardly on a mission from God.

You can’t lie to the Penguin.

Yet again nobody in the Media said to Bridges :

“You miserable slug! You think you can talk your way out of this?”

Instead the folks at Newshub, Stuff and NZME did the usual job of leaving it up the public to decide – apart from Clare Trevett who had the good sense to write :

Comedians know they are in trouble when they find themselves explaining their punch lines.

Media should remember the situation Ash has been dropped into and how we’ve all been lucky to have such a great dude doing whatever it takes to get us through this.

There are 106 miles to Elimination, we have a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark and we’re wearing sunglasses.

Now is not the time for a lazy media to lash out at the driver.

Instead they should take a good look at themselves.

Media in Self Isolation for years

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