I usually try my best to miss the TVNZ One News bulletin because it invariably annoys the hell out of me and I start arguing with the TV. This is when my wife tells me to go away and don’t come back until I can think of something positive and uplifting to say. Sometimes, the best I can dream up, desperate as it is, is to point out that things could be much worse if we had a Greens majority government. This doesn’t impress her much.
Anyway, last night I inadvertently wandered into the lounge and saw the pink-haired lady telling everyone at home what the Covid rules were and how important it was that we ALL follow them. There was nothing new in what she was telling us. In fact, it’s the same warnings that we get ad nauseum from the media news channels every evening in lockdown.
That got me thinking. Why give Siouxsie Wiles her own personal slot on the 6 o’clock news when Wendy or Simon could just as easily have told us the same thing? I was about to give the 43” a piece of my mind when I got a very hard stare from the sofa. So, I decided to retire to the cupboard under the stairs and take out my frustration on the computer.
Just recently, the story broke of Siouxsie being photographed in Level 4 :-
- meeting her “friend” on an Auckland beach, which is about 5km away from where she lives, so not her local area
- wearing no face masks
- sitting in close proximity
- then one of them going swimming
Now, Ms Wiles is an approved government "expert" and New Zealander of the Year to boot so surely she should be setting the rest of us a sterling example of how to behave. Such an obvious case of double standards would normally see our media in a mad rush to indulge in headline celebrity shaming.
Bearing in mind her recent transgressions and, some might say, her blatant hypocrisy, would she be the first choice as poster girl for the Covid campaign? Well, TVNZ certainly thinks so.
It so happens that last night TVNZ also ran a story about Judith Collins and Shane Reti being filmed buying ice cream in a shop, without wearing face masks, in a Level 2 area. As high ranking MPs they should have known better, when every member of the public can shoot a video of you and post it to social media in seconds. However, unlike the more glaringly pink example of lockdown rule-breaking, the media were very keen on this story and made Collins squirm for a suitable explanation.
A couple of weeks back, Judith had publicly criticised Siouxsie and called her out over her beach antics but the MSM was noticeably unsupportive and instead picked on a particular phrase she used to deflect attention away from the real issue. It does seem a massive coincidence that on the same night the Collins story is aired, Siouxsie does her piece to camera, just after, reminding us of the rules. This appears to be a classic case of “in your face, girlfriend!”
If we were in any doubt that our MSM was leaning heavily to the Left and running stories which supported the government and their “independent experts” then last night’s TVNZ bulletin puts those doubts to rest. This is unconcealed partisan news coverage. No, sorry...it’s not news at all. It’s a flagrant “up yours” by the country’s leading TV station to the main opposition party and a depressing illustration of how low journalistic standards have dropped on our flagship news programme. Their main role now is to act as cheerleader to the government and use every opportunity to denigrate their opponents.
Siouxsie clearly has friends in very high places - not just the media - who are happy to ignore her own rule breaking, restore her public image and then use her as a willing stick to poke her most prominent political critic in the eye.
Needless to say, I’ll be in time out for quite a while trying to come up with something positive and uplifting after this!
Derek Mackie is a geologist with a keen interest in current affairs.