NZ Heralds hate of MANA Party
The NZ Herald's bias against MANA over the weekend is becoming the sort of redneck dribble you expect from that North Shore Uncle you only put up with once a year at Christmas. That's tolerable for alcoholic family members who spend far too much time listening to ZB, it's not really excusable for the only daily nationwide newspaper in the country.
The terribly tedious John Roughan opened up yesterday slagging MANA off for having the temerity to protest on Waitangi Day, (this is the same man who infamously couldn't work out why the Muslim world didn't like the West in the wake of the 9/11 attacks). Roughan has become the tiresome voice of rich white elites of NZ who take moments from their groaning table of privilege to lecture anyone complaining about injustice.
If you or I imagined we were plugged into the deepest yearnings of the people, raised our flag, stood for election and collected a miserable few votes, we'd probably fold our tent, slip away and revise our view of the world.
But we're not that special breed of human life known as the protester. Votes don't count for much in the protesters' idea of democracy. The Mana Party came to Waitangi last weekend as though the election had never happened, or perhaps to say it didn't matter.
... hilarious isn't it? MANA got more votes than ACT, (who are in the Government propping up a one set majority), yet MANA shouldn't be allowed to voice their opinions at the on going social injustice of poverty in the face of a Government hell bent on removing Section 9 of the SoE ACT.
John tell's MANA to go home and condescendingly tells Maori they have to behave and protest nicely so as not to upset his precious pretensions.
Maori will 'protest nicely' when the Crown lives up to their obligations under the treaty, but Roughan's opinion piece is more the dreary roar of yesteryear akin to Garth George than the second example of the Herald's bias against MANA which is a genuine muck racking case of gutter journalism.
Mana Party worker hurt in head-on road crash
Joanne Carroll and Kate Shuttleworth should be ashamed of themselves and the sub editor should never have allowed such a long list of insinuations to become a 'news story'. The first thing to note is how old this story is, the crash occurred on January 19th, the date today is February 12th - how on earth could a car accident almost one month old be news? Is it only news because MANA pissed the deputy editor Roughan off so much at Waitangi? The identification of Joseph "Reti" Nathan as a MANA Party 'worker' (he's actually a volunteer) is aimed at smearing MANA and the insinuation of Nathan as drunk when his blood tests returned negative is more smearing.
Thankfully I stopped buying the Herald a long time ago.