Without Gantt Guy’s permission, I’ve used his excellent comment on General Debate section as a post. I hope he doesn’t mind.
So, I just watched Episode 3 of Perigo here. The only reason I did is because his guest is the brilliant Muriel Newman.
Having seen the interview, I can say one good thing about it: at least it wasn’t your typical leftist stitch-up.
That said, I have to ask myself: are Perigo and ‘Pete George’ the same person? A series of questions either inane in nature, or specifically designed to ‘trap’ the interlocutee.
Within the first 5 minutes he was on the Libertarianz favourite sacred cow of sodomites. He neatly followed that up with a dog-whistle about democracy (the Nazis were brought to power on a popular vote). He then moved on to asking a series of Pete George style questions about the Coastal Coalition and the opposition to the Marine & Coastal Area Act in which he basically repeated Tinkerbell’s lies and half-truths.
The propaganda continued when he moved on to implying the NZCPR is an ACT outreach, despite Newman saying she isn’t involved with, or even a member of ACT any longer. Not satisfied with that he tried to get her into a corner asking her to rule in or out her involvement with a new ‘right wing’ party, and the interrogation closed with a discussion of the constitutional review and Perigo shamelessly stating the right constitution for NZ is the Constitution for New Freeland that he himself wrote!
The NZ political discourse is an inherently better place with Newman and the NZCPR in it. Perigo is a condescending and shamelessly agenda-driven partisan interviewer, but remains among the best New Zealand has to offer, so despite my rant above, I’m glad I saw the show. I’d rather watch Perigo interview someone than pretty much any other media ‘talent’. Someone like Campbell, for example, is undeserving of sharing a stage with someone like Newman.