Rupert Murdoch does a better job of 50 year TV history than our own bloody 'public broadcaster'
Oh the irony! Oh the irony! Oh the irony! I feel a Len Brown head slapping and chest pounder coming on. Rupert Murdochs Prime TV's 50 year history of NZ TV was a trillion, billion light years ahead of the abomination TVNZ shat up earlier this month. How could Rupert do a better job of public broadcasting than our very own fucking public broadcaster??? I suppose TVNZ handing over all our public archives in the form of the Heartland channel to Rupert helped, but still, how horrifically embarrassing.
It was incredible watching Prime's 50 year history of some of the most important issues our country has faced and the impact TV had over those issues. The legalization of homosexuality, nuclear testing, Bastion Point, how evil Robert Muldoon was and the fascist NZ Police beating protesters at the Springbok tour. Normally NZers have polite amnesia about our recent political past (John Key can't even remember of he was pro or anti the Springbok tour) but this intelligent, thoughtful documentary didn't flinch about discussing ideas and politics and philosophy. This is what TV should do, this was a triumph of a doco!
Watching that evil Robert Muldoon attempt to destroy our nation for him and his National Party's political gain, watching those pro Springbok redneck tour maggots screaming for the rugby to start, watching the cops who all volunteered to bash protesters (did you know the NZ cops actually have a plaque congratulating themselves for their actions during the Springbok tour - the wankers), watching Maori dragged away from Bastion Point, watching those dirty filthy Christian fundies screaming against gay rights (in the exact same way they screamed for their right to bash their kids recently) - liberal NZers have allowed our redneck fellow countrymen off the hook far too often and it was amazing to see a NZ doco brave enough to show out redneck fellow countrymen up.
The public broadcasting ethos that was still alive in NZ TV was shown in this Prime doco to have such an immense impact on public discourse in a way that the sparkle encrusted turd of todays TVNZ can't muster.
Such a joy to see Alister Barry, Geoff Murphey, Tom Scott, Sean Duffey and the director of Patu get the recognition they so richly deserve.
Congratulations John Bates, Irene Gardiner and Cream Media! Why can't we have this type of public broadcasting rather than the pap we get currently served up and why must we look to Rupert for it rather than our own TVNZ?
(Please, please, please don't tell me TVNZ that your next 50 year news celebration programme you have scheduled won't just be a lazy compilation of 75 odd events that you will even more lazily decide based on online voters, please tell me it's not just that? Please, please, please.)