Summary of joke news coverage

datePosted on 08:26, May 14th, 2010 by Lew

“John Key has made a meal out of ongoing Treaty negotiations with Ngāi TÅ«hoe, remarking at dinner with representatives from neighbouring iwi Ngāti Porou that if he were in TÅ«hoe country, it would be him on the menu. TÅ«hoe have found his comments hard to swallow, with lead negotiator Tamati Kruger saying the remark was in “poor taste.” Others believe the gag should be taken with a grain of salt, as a self-deprecating reference to the roasting Key has received since ruling out the return of Te Urewera National Park. The decision has soured iwi relations with the government, and effectively put negotiations on the back burner.”

(Some artistic license employed, but I’ve seen each of these puns in bona fide media coverage over the past 24 hours.)

Update: It seems nobody other than ak and I have the stomach for a pun-fest. Oh well.

Still, better to remain silent than engage in the shrieking, confused and exploitative orgy of idiotude on display at The Standard. Its only meaningful distinction from the response of the KBR seems to be the lack of ginga jokes. And the comments are a bit shorter. A shame, because there was some reasonable sense from both posters and commentariat on this topic yesterday.


24 Responses to “Summary of joke news coverage”

  1. ak on May 14th, 2010 at 09:17

    Ae, I think we’re all fed up with it Lew…

  2. Lew on May 14th, 2010 at 09:31

    Tell you what, cramming all those puns into a brief passage, it was hard to avoid turning it into a word salad.


  3. lprent on May 14th, 2010 at 15:19

    It is Friday. There is seldom much meat on the bones just before the weekend. You’ll probably have to wait until Sunday…

    Ok – I’m crap at being punny.

  4. Lew on May 14th, 2010 at 15:26

    It might be a bit lean now, Lynn, but the whole topic will be overdone by Sunday.


  5. greenfly on May 14th, 2010 at 17:52

    Ummm… let’s see.. the standard of comment on The Standard is below standard, you think?
    They/we are having fun!
    Not funny enough for you?
    Not punny enough for you?
    What’s (un-original line follows) eatin’ you?

  6. greenfly on May 14th, 2010 at 17:57

    Take some time to digest their meaning.
    Meat them half way.
    Ruminate Lynn.

  7. greenfly on May 14th, 2010 at 17:59

    Though I can see you’ve had a belly-full of that tripe.

  8. Lew on May 14th, 2010 at 18:01

    The objection I have to the caption competition is that, having roundly condemned Key for his behaviour, people are now gleefully making Key and Tame Iti and an unidentified child — a child, for goodness sake — the target of much, much worse and less tasteful commentary.

    It’s one thing to continue along the same course, but this is just raw ugliness.

    Anyway, nice to see you’ve brought something more to the table than you did over there. Cheers for that, at least.


  9. fred on May 14th, 2010 at 18:04

    He’s having to take his foot out of his mouth so he can swallow his own words.

    It’s a bit of a spicy story.

    been waiting for this thread!

  10. greenfly on May 14th, 2010 at 18:05

    Don’t mince your words Lynn!
    Have the guts to eviscerate those Standardistas!
    There’s a lot at steak!

  11. greenfly on May 14th, 2010 at 18:09

    All the bubble and squeak’s at The Standard’s had Lynn stewing all day.
    Those baste-ards!

  12. greenfly on May 14th, 2010 at 18:11

    And that’s no child
    I te reo o nga Tamariki o te Kohu, ka korero matou e

  13. greenfly on May 14th, 2010 at 18:27

    Spare us your ribbing, lynn.

  14. Lew on May 14th, 2010 at 18:47

    Fly, you seem to be mixing me up with Lynn. I know it’s a hard grind keeping abreast of things, but try to conserve some dignity by measuring your words more carefully, won’t you?

    Anyway, that lot over there are probably sick of my bellyaching. But the point is that there are more wholesome ways to flex the funny-mussels; ways which won’t turn the general left’s reputation on Māori issues to custard.


  15. Pablo on May 14th, 2010 at 19:25

    Thanks Lew. The irony in your humor is welcome respite. Meanwhile in the real world wars are ongoing, there is famine and drought, strikes and riots….yet in good ole NZ the fuss is about a non-PC joke.

    It really does make one wonder about what passes for debate in NZ. For example, over at KB a post about the reorganisation of the intelligence services (along the lines of the so-called Murdoch Report) gets a total of 8-9 comments while the post about Key’s joke goes stratospheric. Other than my post here (which received little comment), and some critical commentary by Keith Locke at Frogblog, KB is the only other blog to cover the shift, and other than a couple of NZPA releases no MSM outlet focused on that important subject.

    But I must say (so as to not come off as a total killjoy), some of the puns elicited by Key’s remark are quite funny, if often tasteless.

  16. Lew on May 14th, 2010 at 20:04

    Pablo, something like Key’s latest porkchop-in-a-synagogue act is easy to comment on. Any idiot can do it, and many do. With something like a review of the security and intelligence apparatus, most of those who don’t know a thing about it realise their limitations, and refrain from making a hash of it.


  17. greenfly on May 14th, 2010 at 20:13

    My bad (as they mysteriously say)
    I hope you’ll accept this invisible poem

    in Lew of an apology for my misnaming your good self.
    What little dignity I have retained, I will conserve, by shutting up now.

  18. greenfly on May 14th, 2010 at 20:15

    ..but ‘spare us your ribbing’ – not funny?
    I’m bereft.

  19. Lew on May 14th, 2010 at 20:30

    Fly, don’t be blue. You continued in the same vein, even if it was a bit cheesy.


  20. greenfly on May 14th, 2010 at 21:35

    I know when I’ve been Lew’d.

  21. ak on May 14th, 2010 at 23:40

    (damn you fly, been waiting the chance to use “lewd” for ages, now gone forever…)

    Hey Pabs – turn that frown upside down son, your offerings are honoured by the dearth of comments – if there were any argument available, rest assured the sharks would swarm. It’s a testament to your all-round depth and irrefutable honesty that readers are mute, and absolutely no reflection on your thoroughly-appreciated contributions (same applies to you Lew)

    “Though breasts, murder, games, draw all, moor and prude – tis faith and truth alone, left thee few to guide the lewd.” (there. did it)

  22. greenfly on May 15th, 2010 at 08:37

    But chur-broiled
    Not even that one?
    Tough crowd.

  23. Lew on May 15th, 2010 at 08:54

    Hey, I said you de-liver-ed on the puns, Fly. You have a rare talent.


  24. greenfly on May 16th, 2010 at 12:26

    Tame Iti
    Sought a treaty
    With the pakeha

    Got a serving
    Of kaitangata

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