Inflammatory statements make good copy but it’s also lazy copy.
Winston Peters is a master at making the comments which the media happily report.
The headlines appeal to the deluded who support him but are rarely supported by facts.
It’s the media’s jobs to dig for the facts, or at very least challenge Peters to front up with them.
He is hiding behind parliamentary privilege with his accusations that Peter Dunne leaked the GCSB report.
Speaking freely does not mean making any old allegation without the support of facts . . .
Mr Peters does not have the guts to repeat his allegation outside parliament because he is afraid Mr Dunne might sue him for defamation.
This suggests Mr Peters knows his allegation is not true.
That is bad enough. But Anderson points out that voters should be even more concerned that MMP could allow Peters to have considerable sway in the next government.
That doesn’t say much for those who support him but it might help them think again if the media went beyond the easy copy to find the facts.