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Thursday, September 08, 2005

Sean Plunkett suspended?

One News reported Sean Plunkett has been suspended for his interview yesterday morning with Green Party leader Jeanette Fitzsimons (Too Right has more details).

Adolf posted on the nature of the interview.

Posted by Antarctic Lemur | 9/08/2005 04:32:00 am


Blogger Craig Ranapia said...


I've posted e-mail links to Radio NZ over at NZPundit, and am recommending a flood of (polite) e-mails of protest and blog posts critical of the decision.

I'm no fan of Plunkett's style, but it looks like you only get suspended when you go hard on a lefty.

9/08/2005 06:18:00 am  
Blogger Chefen said...

Bad look I'd say. Can't imagine the Greens wanted this level of reaction!

9/08/2005 06:34:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd like to make quite clear that the Greens neither lodged a formal complaint nor asked that disciplinary action be taken against Mr Plunket. While we felt his treatment of the issue was unbalanced - he was much more aggressive with Jeanette than Gerry Brownlee - we would never have suggested that an interviewer should be benched during an election campaign as a result. I personally think RNZ's decision is a rather odd overreaction.

9/08/2005 06:52:00 am  
Blogger Chefen said...

Roveian tentacles extend round the globe...

9/08/2005 06:59:00 am  
Blogger Craig Ranapia said...

I heard that interview and, speaking as a critic of Plunkett's style, I think it's absolute nonsense to say he was any more agressive with Jeanette than he is with anyone else. And it's absurd to say he gave Gerry a easy ride.

And could it be that the "agression" flowed when Jeanette became highly evasive - and IMO outright dishonest - when she said she had never even implied that National was directly involved in the production, distribution and financing of the leaflets. That's a flat out lie, Frog - and Plunkett should have nailed her on it.

She also became evasive when asked if she had ANY evidence of ANY direct National Party involvement. Again, she tried to dodge and then denied every saying any such thing. Another lie, Frog.

9/08/2005 07:26:00 am  
Blogger Chefen said...

This certainly made Frog leap. Check out Kiwiblog and NZPundit and this thread here for a Frog being chased by Craig. Wouldn't it be easier to do this at Frogblog, Mr Frog?

9/08/2005 07:33:00 am  
Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

A dismally foolish decision which reinforces the widely held perception that Radio New Zealand's news department is a tool of the political Left.

Will the Chairman now suspend the executive who suspended Plunkett?

9/08/2005 07:47:00 am  
Blogger Berend de Boer said...

What? I heard that interview, and finally a leftie didn't get away with stupid allegations. He was even rather quite gentle I must say, I would have treated her allegations, for which she didn't have any proof, a bit different.

What an idiots.

9/08/2005 07:50:00 am  
Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Did Helen Clark put a quick call in to the CEO of RNZ to give her mate Genetix a hand? Yesterday a pilot, today and interviewer? Goodness me, is anyone safe from interference in this country? Muldoon was very good at this sort of thing in his day. The malignant 'old boys network' stretched everywhere in private industry. Helen MulClark has perfected the art.

9/08/2005 07:53:00 am  
Blogger Berend de Boer said...

Ok guys, listen for yourself:


I've included both the Jeanette Fitzsimons and Gerry Brownlee part.

9/08/2005 08:16:00 am  
Blogger coge said...

I never imagined they would get to this. Next they'll be shipping us off to the Sinkiang for re-education.

Blatant media censorship, & it proves what we have been saying about RNZ's agenda all along.

I hope Sean sticks to his principles as I'm sure he will.

9/08/2005 09:06:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is simple, really, isn't it? I've just listened to the MP3. (Thanks Berend) The Greens are making unsubstantiated rumours seem like fact. Gerry is highlighting something which is known to be true. (The PSA pamphlets, etc.) Sean came down on the side of truth. It's as simple as that. Jeanette was backpedalling on unsubstantiated accusations she had made. Of course he is going to be more agressive with that.

But truth does not necessarily fit the viewpoint of smear politics.

9/08/2005 11:13:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

um...anyone hear the midday news..?

y'know..where brash admitted he knew about the exclusive brethren pamphlets about a month ago..?

so..given his other statments on this..is he a liar or does he just have not much of a head for detail..as we've seen when he's been asked about the costs/contents/implications of national party policies..

cor..!..i wonder how the polls will react to this little turn up for the books..

btw..adolf...i'd get some money on clark at centrebet quick smart if i was you..y'know..to cut your losses..


9/08/2005 01:21:00 pm  
Blogger Lucia Maria said...

I just heard it on the 2pm news, Phil.

What they said was that Don had previously refused to answer whether or not he'd known about the pamphlets. He's also not seen the pamphlets. Neither have I, btw.

He did know the EB were going to attack the government by doing something, but when the pamphlets came out he didn't know it was them. Neither did anyone else.

9/08/2005 02:16:00 pm  
Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Well phil, they must be misreporting again.. No matter how hard you try, you just aint going to get this one to stick.

9/08/2005 02:17:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's already been a gleeful cackling and clapping of hands at Just Left as Jordan peered into his simmering brew.

9/08/2005 02:26:00 pm  
Blogger Cathy Odgers said...

I blame the Bretherens for this.

9/08/2005 02:53:00 pm  
Blogger Craig Ranapia said...

Which ones Cathy? The Open, Closed, Slightly Ajar or Bangs In A High Wind Bretheren?

9/08/2005 04:01:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lucyna and adolf..there is just the embarrasing matter of the reported quotes on holmes...etc...

then the revelation this afternoon he has had several meetings with the brethren recently..cor..!

and brownlee and key denying all..cor...!

his/their credibility is in tatters..

(and wasn't fitzsimons' quote when asked if she believed brashs' denials prescient..?..she said she would believe the denial if it was said in parliament...good one jeanette..nailed him..)

dosen't look good..eh..?

what with everything else..and the bloodbath of a debate coming up tonight...

and adolf..it's sticking like glue...

i reckon this is nationals' corngate...

and adolf..i'm serious about putting some money on clark to cut your losses..
(you don't want 'her indoors' getting angry now..do you..?.y'know..holiday funds and all that..)


9/08/2005 05:33:00 pm  
Blogger Lucia Maria said...

Holmes, etc.

What are you talking about, Phil?

I hardly ever watch TV. This week so far it's only been Angel at sometime after 11pm on Tuesday. Two weeks ago, I think, for a week straight I watched the begining of Campbell Live at blogged it here. That was enough for me.

When and where is the bloodbath debate? I might plug the TV in for it.

9/08/2005 05:54:00 pm  

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