We were rather surprised to hear Newstalk ZB run this story on their 6am news (and later bulletins) this morning - read on:
A nasty poster with a picture of Police Minister Judith Collins with a bullet through her head has been plastered around some Auckland suburbs.
A nasty poster with a picture of Police Minister Judith Collins with a bullet through her head has been plastered around Auckland suburbs.
The poster reads "Judith Collins - Shoot yourself", followed by "No guns for police".
It has been seen in suburbs on the North Shore and in Remuera, and at the bottom has a "People Not Profit Collective" slogan.
Here's the really ironic bit though:
Right wing commentator David Farrar has posted it on his blog which has generated over 90 comments already.
He can't remember a politician being targeted in such a horrible way.
"Even when you've had very controversial Prime Ministers like Robert Muldoon, I don't think you ever got stuff quite this deranged or nasty," he told Newstalk ZB.
He says the slogan at the bottom is similar to a very left leaning group from a couple of years ago, but he's unsure whether it's the same people and has no idea who is behind it.
Now DPF also ran the story on Tuesday of last week; ELEVEN days ago, as did WhaleOil, who gave us a heads-up last Monday. Once again the blogosphere has scooped the MSM, and this time by well over a week.
The big question is this; why has the MSM ignored this story for so long? We know that journos routinely patrol the blogs, because we get e-mails from them. This was a significant story which attracted comment from both right-wing and left-wing blogs, yet the MSM didn't want to go there. Advocating violence against a Minister of the Crown is not something that a "normal" person does. The media was quick to speculate as to the motives of Jason Laughner after the tragic shooting on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, and yet there could be a similarly crazed person or group pushing an agenda right here.
But credit where it's due; well done to Newstalk ZB for exposing this lunacy; but it's far too little, and far too late.