MIKE HOSKING PLUNGED to a new low on Seven Sharp with a blatant attempt to discredit Nicky Hager and his book Dirty Politics. There was no pretence of anything resembling journalism - this was an exercise in defending a government that Hosking wants to see re-elected.
After he had allowed National's campaign manager Steven Joyce to take a few free swipes at Hager, Hosking himself weighed in. He was not interested in talking about the substantive issues raised in Hager's book because he had already decided that there was 'no smoking gun'. But as ex-Listener editor Finlay MacDonald tweeted, 'Mike Hosking wouldn't recognise a 'smoking gun' if it was presented to him on a plate in book form'.
Instead Hosking was intent on portraying Hager as someone who had 'stolen' data from the computer of Cameron Slater and, anyway, Hager had not proved a thing because 'everyone' ( the government) had denied all his allegations. Case closed. So let's talk about something else then, shall we?
This little rant from Hosking was simply a continuation of a rancorous interview Hosking conducted with Hager on his Newstalk ZB show this morning. While this sort of thing is par for the course on the right wing talkback station it is unacceptable that TVNZ continues to allow Hosking to use Seven Sharp as a platform not only to parade his support for the Key government but attempt to shut down an issue that is embarrassing and potentially fatal for John Key.
At one point Hager accused Hosking of not having an 'open' mind on the book which I think was being far too polite. I think Laila Harre's demolition job on another National Party cheerleader, Rawdon Christie, earlier this week is a useful guide on how to treat Hosking. Challenge him. Call him out for his blatant political favouritism. He is contemptible and he should be treated with contempt.
Hager was also not happy with Heather du Plessis-Allan and her facile item on Dirty Politics. She avoided all the main issues too and highlighted the fact that Judith Collins called a few people a few names. It was all just one big joke for the woman who was also responsible for the awful sycophantic profile of Cameron Slater that screened on Seven Sharp several weeks ago. Slater will be delighted to know that he can continue to count on her support.
If Mike Hosking was working in the United States he'd be working for Fox News and berating Edward Snowden for being a traitor to America. That's how bad this guy is. We deserve a whole lot better than this ignorant right wing hack.
The good thing is that no one is listening to Hosking. The first edition of the book has already sold out and a second printing has been ordered. And you can get it on Kindle via Amazon.