Dom runs Nats damage control after Key’s “incredible” Pike River flip-flop
Fairfax lead with National’s spin after yet another clanger from Key
With the Opposition jumping on the Prime Minister’s “unbelievable about-face” over mine safety, Fairfax once again twist the real story into a shameless piece of National Party propaganda to lead page two today. http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/politics/5174566/Mine-rules-to-change-after-Pike-River-Key
Key got himself into hot water during his visit to Australia this week when he admitted to The Australian newspaper that New Zealand’s “mine safety laws were deficient”. During the exclusive interview, Key told The Australian that “the Pike River mine would have been illegal in Australia”
The Australian was also quick to note that: “Last month the president of New Zealand’s Council of Trade Unions, Helen Kelly, told the Labour Party Congress that although Pike River had “failed in its fundamental duty to provide a safe workplace”, its actions were not properly investigated.
At the time Mr Key attacked Ms Kelly for making such claims when the royal commission had yet to begin full hearings.
Making mileage out of this interchange, Mr Goff said: “This sudden change in his position is quite incredible given just a month ago he publicly condemned a union representative for questioning safety at the mine, accusing her of being ‘churlish and insensitive’.” http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/key-attacked-over-nz-mine-safety-concerns/story-e6frg6so-1226079493982
However, we can always count on the one-sided coverage from Fairfax Media to ignore the obvious newsworthy angle and instead spin a little something positive for their mates in the National-led Government. So, today’s politics lead runs with the bold page-wide headline “Mine rules to change after Pike River – Key”. This carefully-spun piece is basically telling us that that nice Mr Key is going to make things safer now ‘cos he’s such a good bloke, when clearly, the real news angle here is his abrupt flip-flop.
Even the New Zealand Herald – not known for their overt criticism of the political Right – got this story spot on, with a balanced account starting from the most newsworthy entry point, and under the headline “Key accused of flip-flop on Pike River safety”. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10733672
Also this week, Fairfax continue their one-eyed reporting of the hacking of the Labour Party’s database by Right-wing blogger Cameron ‘Whaleoil’ Slater. In both a page two story on Monday, and an editorial on Tuesday, The Dom Post present a carefully calculated account of the facts that puts all the blame on the Labour Party, and ignores other inconvenient truths; such as, the fact that postcards addressed to the Prime Minister protesting early childhood education cuts ended up with Labour MP Sue Maroney, but without any mention of the reason they ended up with Maroney….because a certain arrogant and out-of-touch National Prime Minister twice refused to accept them!
Political ‘reporter’ Tracy Watkins once again gives us only the National Party-friendly version of events, and once again uses the word “appears” to make unsubstantiated allegations about the Labour Party, as she did when first reporting on the hacking of the database, which she claimed “appeared” to be unprotected.