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The effectiveness of the Big Lie – a NZ example


Hitler’s propaganda minister Josef Goebbel’s was both a pioneer of and master of the Big Lie:-

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.

This has been proved again in the context of the recent election.

Labour ran a notable Big Lie with their No Asset Sales campaign.

Now National have not proposed asset sales in the sense of selling physical assets, eg dams – despite the fact that Labour sought to inculcate this belief in the electorate. Nor have National proposed sell offs such as those shoddy deals done by Labour and Bolger in the 1980s and 1990s.

National propose a partial sell down and the retention of controlling stakes.

Labour and the Greens, abetted by Lazarus went further and preyed as well on the latent xenophobia in NZ, conjuring up the spectre of hard faced Chinese moneymen stealing the assets away. In more  than one instance comments such as Key’s rich mates wiining the assets were made as well.

This very comprehensive Big Lie was aided and abetted by a compliant media which almost with no exception used the term asset sales, when they well knew that what was proposed was no such thing.

Yet interestingly since the election more in the media have started talking about mixed ownership and partial privatisation.

Funny that. Bunch of biased hypocrites.

Adam’s prrof of the effectiveness of the Labour/Green Big Lie:-

Mind you, the Labour and Greens attack on National over asset sales also seems to have worked. I had a number of people who phoned to say that they’d voted Labour because they didn’t want National selling off all our country.

One worked for Air New Zealand and he said he and his colleagues were concerned about what would happen to their jobs when the airline was sold.

“It’s only a partial sale,” I said. “The Government maintains the controlling share.” That was news to him – as it was to a number of other callers.

The above quote is from Kerre Woodham’s HoS article today

In fact Woodham’s piece illustrates how the Big Lie grows in the telling such that as noted some thought National was proposing to sell off the entire country. Nonsens yes, but believed in by many it appears.

The media failure to hold Labour and others to account in regard to this matter is a blot on the escutcheon of the so-called Fourth Estate.

  1. alex permalink
    07/12/2011 10:35

    Where’s Godwin?


  2. Sinner permalink
    05/12/2011 16:51

    Oh for goodness sake. Key won! Key won despite Goff saying he’d sell 100% of every “asset”

    in my books, Key has a mandate to do just that. Sell everything

    Treasury has just said Key’s “steady as you go” means NZ is down the best part of 20 BILLION next year.

    Bank’s government spending cap means that Key cannot borrow 20 BILLION to plug the gab. So Key has to either cut 20 BILLION of services, sell 20 BILLION assets, or hopefully do the right thing and do both

    Actually I do not think Key donates his salary to charity.

    Except that he does. All of it (after tax, excluding allowances)


    • 06/12/2011 20:22

      Excellent! Someone who knows about the salary to charity arrangement.
      Please link to wherever this is shown to be the case, Sinner.
      I’ve been hoping for a long time to hear from someone like you who can provide the confirmation I seek.


      • 08/12/2011 16:40

        Has sinner fled?
        That’s just disappointing!


  3. Gravedodger permalink
    04/12/2011 18:09

    I struggle to Identify anyone in our current MSM who could actually give you an accurate definition of the term “Fourth Estate”.
    Well maybe Hosking of Newstalk ZB.

    Their career path in the Media is to reach a position as a wordsmith from an organisation or public figure by proving themselves as reliable writers to spin the best answer.


    • adamsmith1922 permalink*
      04/12/2011 18:24

      Possibly Sean Plunket as well as Hosking, but otherwise Nah!


      • 04/12/2011 20:40

        That ‘Big Lie’ – like the claim that Key donates his salary to charity?
        That’s a perfect example of what you’re describing, Adam (or perhaps you have some links/evidence that shows it to be reality? No other Key-supporter has been able to do anything other than repeat the myth. I’d love it if you could show this to be true!


        • 05/12/2011 14:52

          Actually I do not think Key donates his salary to charity.

          I agree that it may be a myth, but it is not a myth of such heroic proportions as the Shearer one, nor do I think it was coined by Key.

          However, I do think Key should put the ‘truth out there’ re his charity donation myth.


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