Jacinda’s cynical use of Pacifica community
Jacinda Ardern should apologise to the Pacifica community again, for using them to massage the news cycle. Ms Ardern’s apology on Sunday was designed only to distract public attention from her very bad results in this weekend’s Reid Research poll, where the Labour party dropped 10%.
The main business of govt for Jacinda Ardern is massaging the media. Ardern has four press secretaries and other Ministers have two each. Almost every govt dept has experienced an explosion in spin doctor numbers since Ardern became PM. A “senior journalist” revealed that Ardern holds a regular Monday morning meeting with the leaders of all major news outlets.
The apology for the so called “Dawn Raids” was originally scheduled to be held weeks ago, but postponed ostensibly for reasons associated with Covid19. It was also about time the Roy Morgan poll came out showing a savage drop in ratings for Jacinda and The Labour party.
The media hardly reported on this poll, although at the weekend Newshub made a big deal of the Reid Research poll. They had to of course, for they knew there was no way they could keep up the facade of objective reporters if they outright refused to report on two bad polls for their Princess. To compensate, they made Judith Collins the focus in attempting to argue that her low personal polling was more significant than Labour’s 10% drop.
Ms Ardern’s media managers knew the bad poll was coming out this weekend so they scheduled the apology to be coincident. It was cancelled a few times in order to align with the poll results. Note TV One, the PM”s own propaganda service, running of a number of stories on the “apology”, whereas the bad polling news had to wait till Monday.
Just to make sure it made the news, Ms Ardern went through the ridiculous process of being covered with a mat. So she sat there like an idiot cloaked in an enormous tent. It was silly, but it was a good entrant for news of the day. Mission accomplished.
Ardern has a proclivity for costuming. Muslim and Indian and Pacifica on many occasions and she’s apparently quite unaware of how desperately political and cringeworthy it really looks. Wearing another culture’s religious garb or festive decorations is just smarmy, tactless, ill mannered and unintelligent. However that’s Ms Ardern all over.
The apology itself was fake too. The raids were only a normal response to immigration overstayers and they’re still going on today. Pacifica community should ponder upon how they have been used by Jacinda, and so should almost every other community group.
At one time or another they’ve all been used in the same way. If they haven’t they soon will be. Jacinda’s just waiting for the right moment, so the news cycle can be turned to her advantage