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Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Bray - The Noise Donkeys Make

Here's how the very best of TVNZ's current affairs programmes allows it's reporters to prepare for an interview with Murray McCully.

GARTH By limitations you're talking about the nuclear free legislation there or are there other things.

MURRAY Oh no, I just think we'll have a top to bottom review of most of the things we put out there in the campaign and foreign policy and particularly some of the defence issues will come into that arrangement as well.

GARTH But you're not the defence spokesman are you?

MURRAY Oh yes I am.

GARTH Oh shit! (No, I made that bit up)

The most bizarre comment of the lot was right at the end when Bray brayed to his guest commentators "We didn't manage to pin him down on how long Dr Brash has got to run.' Oh the originality of it all. The scintillating insight. The penetrating intellect. How long is it since the election doubled the size of the National causus?

If this is 'top quality current affairs' then give me The Simpsons. (Not to mention the nauseous repetition of that new Manglish word 'gonna.')

The sooner TVNZ is consigned to the scrap heap the better.

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Posted by Adolf Fiinkensein | 11/01/2005 01:28:00 PM

3 Comments:

Blogger francis said...

You're right, that was a terrible interview. As if he'd just wandered into the studio and caught Garth by surprise. I miss Simon.

11/01/2005 02:30:00 PM  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Do you think they look at themselves in the mirror sometimes and wonder if their default position of disbelief regarding anything a rightwing politician says is useful to the viewers.

11/01/2005 02:34:00 PM  
Blogger francis said...

Well, you're supposed to be able to distinguish between spin and fact, discard the spin (with wit) and question the fact. But before you can question the fact, it helps to know the brief of the person you're interviewing. Sometimes, even worse, if you believe the spin, you never notice the fact is shaky. As in:

I hate Bush.
Oh, I do, too.
He murdered a million babies in Iraq, you know.
Oh, I can just imagine. I've heard it was TWO million.

11/03/2005 12:59:00 AM  

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