Q+A and The Nation review
Bizarre show this week with an extreme claim by The Nation that Clayton Cosgrove of all people is corrupt for taking a donation and writing policy that benefitted that donor.
The claim borders on defamation, Cosgrove declared the donation so it's not clear what the actual issue here is. When there are so many other blatant corruptions like the Sky City deal, killing off the regulator that suggested Sky TV be investigated and anything Steven Joyce does on roading, why the Nation are blowing their credibility by making an accusation when there are so many other glaring examples of political corruption would be amusing if it weren't so galling.
Groser is on. You would think that with so much to attack on the free trade deal this would be like shooting ducks in a barrel. Where as The Nation are happy enough to claim Cosgrove is corrupt, not a whimper out of them on what wikileaks revealed about this free trade deal, no focus on Grosers admission that we will lose sovereignty, no mention on the secrecy. Fascinating isn't it, Groser's 'trust me' line over signing a free trade deal with vast wide ranging ramifications is good enough for The Nation, but when Cosgrove says 'trust me' over a declared donation it's accusation and insinuation of corruption.
I suppose the $43 million loan and giving Mediaworks Kiwi FM for another 6 months buys the Government a lot of editorial complacency on TV3. It sure as hell does on Radio Live!
Good piece challenging Penny Hulse on this V8 madness. One would have thought with the absolute fiasco this became in Hamilton that the SuperCity wouldn't have touched this with a barge poll.
Penny does a good job of keeping a stiff upper lip but when you read the report into Hamilton it's hard to keep a straight face. I fear the V8s will be another clusterfuck.
Bill and Brian are on speculating about speculation. Yawn. Bit of a waste of their talents.
Terrible show this week.
Folic Acid in bread, Peter Dunne 'live' and some wanly stuff about the Olympics. God I hate it when sports elbows into the news.
That awful Dr whatsherface from the National Party are on the Panel - the one who calls herself 'Professor Spin' as her twitter name, Heather Roy and Matt McCarten.
Funny monologue, well done Damien Christie.
Seeing as Q+A were so instrumental in killing the folic acid in bread idea off with their 'it's mass medication in food' interview with Holmes last time, perhaps the staff are feeling guilty about all those kids born with defects since then?
Greg Boyd is the host, and he's actually very good. I like him on the late night bulletins, he's a very good interviewer. The science boffin is on pointing out that Folic Acid in bread won't be the end of western civilization and that it's actually a very good idea.
The pointlessness of Peter Dunne is on. There is a special place in hell for politicians like Dunne.
Won't bother with the sports story, American Dad is on Comedy Central. A cartoon with an alien and talking fish is preferable.