It’ll be no surprise to readers of ThePaepae.com that I despise behind-the-scenes, subterfuge public relations and opinion shifting efforts, especially if they’re funded in a non-transparent way.
By coincidence, if you examine the tags dirty PR and dirty politics on this blog, the same cast of characters keeps on appearing. Over time that can make me appear… a bit fixated, I admit. But in reality, it’s just that I have an attention span, I’m interested, and these roosters just keep coming up. So I just run with it.
Here’s how Mediawatch reported an episode of dirty PR yesterday… Turning up the noise on an unlikely ‘teal deal’. You can read host Colin Peacock’s article there at Radio NZ and listen to the 11 minute segment, or the whole Mediawatch episode. I subscribe to the podcast, which is always good.
Let’s go shopping
Like the Mediawatch crew, I saw this interchange on Twitter: the revelation by NZ Listener political writer Jane Clifton that people were being paid to shop the idea of a National-Green coalition, as unlikely as it was…
As Mediawatch reported, vastly experienced political reporter Richard Harman also observed the campaign, and described it as having ‘sinister overtones’… and oops, look who he says was ‘at the forefront’. David Farrar and Matthew Hooton. What a coincidence.
Wouldn’t you like to know who was paying for this PR campaign? I would too. But for some reason telling us is not seen as a priority for savvy political reporters.
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