Tea Party recordings - what is a blogger to do?
So John Key has been caught saying something that won't look too good and the HoS Editor is putting his reputation on the line.
The media feeding frenzy John Key and John Banks brought upon themselves has bitten them in the arse and now all of a sudden it's the Police brought into gag the media.
Shutting down the media because of secret recordings? That's Nanny State on steroids with a submachine gun.
John Key brings in the Police to shut down the medias right to publish in the public interest? What Key said to Banks IS important, yes it was recorded secretly, but so are most things that show the truth.
The laws protecting our privacy are important, but so too are the principles of Journalism that demand public interest and holding the powerful to account. Key and Banks aren't just citizens needing protection from a surveillance state, they are political leaders who have been caught out saying things they don't want you to hear.
How long before a blogger puts the transcript up if the mainstream media are too intimidated to do so?
Surely during an election, we should hear what our Political leaders really think?
That said, who plans Machiavellian strategy over a cup of tea while the media are meters away? This is the NZ Parliament, not the bloody Sopranos.
A week is a very long time in politics.