The TVNZ Breakfast host gets his comeuppance.
ONLY A FEW DAYS after the Prime Minister had snidely suggested that Kim Dotcom was Laila Harre's 'sugar daddy', Harre was in no mood to politely brush aside John Key's new allegation that Internet Mana were responsible for the effigy burning video.
The Internet Party leader was invited on to TVNZ's Breakfast to respond to the allegation as if it might possibly be...true. No wonder Harre was exasperated.
A proper journalist should have been able to work out for himself that the allegation was without merit. After all the claim was first made on Cameron Slater's sleazy Whaleoil website - a notorious attack dog for the National Party.
But we're talking Rawdon Christie here.
Christie admitted he took the video from Whaleoil. But he never bothered to check out its credentials. Perhaps he had other more important things to do - like droning on again about his skiing adventures or cracking jokes with Sam the maniacal weather guy.
Laila Harre took him to task for his ineptitude.
"The Prime Minister cast a slur and told a lie on your programme yesterday," she told the increasingly rattled Breakfast host . "You presented that video to the Prime Minister and you knew from your research, or should have known from your research, that it had no relationship with the Internet Party."
Christie's pathetic defence was 'I didn't tell the PM that this was Dotcom's doing.'
No, having handed John Key the ammunition, you just sat there like a schmuck and allowed the Prime Minister to make the allegation unchallenged.
Of course none of this comes as any surprise. Christie doesn't interview Key in a proper journalistic sense - he chats to him in a 'I think you're great' sense.
After copping an earful from Harre, Rawdon tried to salvage something from the wreckage. It was pathetic - but strangely gripping - television. If I freeze frame the picture I can clearly see Rawdon's credibility disappearing out of the studio.
He talked about 'balance' and how 'the election wasn't about him'. Unfortunately for Christie he dug a deeper hole for himself when he read out a text that accused Breakfast of 'spinning the feedback its way'. Great stuff.