Why all the fuss

The media fascination about Kim Dotcom has bemused me.

I’m pleased to find that Trans Tasman is similarly unimpressed:

You could fire a shotgun down the corridor of Parliament’s press gallery offices on Wednesday afternoon and not hit anyone. Not, one hopes, you would want to do such a thing, although it is possible the thought brings a gleam to the eye of more than few MPs.

But most of the gallery media team was crammed into a committee room waiting for the Man of the Decade, Kim Dotcom Superstar, to make his appearance.

Dotcom managed to walk in, like a normal mortal, rather than appear in a puff of smoke, manifest himself in a burning bush, or be beamed down like some character from science fiction. Which was disappointing, in its way. It wasn’t the only disappointment.

The panting enthusiasm for Dotcom and all his works takes a great deal of explaining… no: actually, it is beyond explanation. The hope was, of course, the internet entrepreneur and convicted fraudster would appear before the Intelligence and Security Select Committee and say rude things about the Prime Minister.

As it is not too difficult to find people to say rude things about the Prime Minister, it was never clear just what the big deal was. Hell, most of the media write or broadcast rude things about the Prime Minister on an almost daily basis. If Dotcom had any revelations to make it would have been different but of course he doesn’t know any more than any of us: only he was spied on and he is not happy about it.

He was rather keen on democracy, and not keen on the GCSB, he told MPs. The most exiting events of the hearing were the Dotcom Megastar sweated: the Prime Minister blushed.

Neither is really worth making headline news.

I think this is the first time I’ve written a post about Dotcom because I’ve been unable to find anything that justifies one except the question of why the media has given him so much attention.

23 Responses to Why all the fuss

  1. robertguyton says:

    Because they know that Mr Dotcom has the information that will show that the Prime Minister lied to all of us and has continued with the lies ever since.
    That’s why, Ele.


  2. Armchair Critic says:

    Earlier on this week I was wondering about why there was a fuss about throwing sticks for dogs. Someone had said that sticks can injure dogs, sometimes very badly. I suppose they are correct; on rare occasions a stick can injure a dog.
    My dog loves sticks. If he were to be injured by one, I would make sure he was OK first, but then I would be very interested in the stick. There might be some lessons to be learned. In fact, I’d probably be so interested that I would write a blog post about it immediately, and not wait until almost 18 months later. Doing that would constitute wilful ignorance.


  3. TraceyS says:

    Some members of the public are entertained by this sort of thing, including the two commenters above.


  4. robertguyton says:

    The TransTasman reports that Mr Key blushed.
    What had Mr Dotcom said to make Mr Key ‘go red’?
    I see today that Mr Key has gone on the offensive, saying that Mr Dotcom ‘makes things up’. That makes Mr Key look very defensive. It also makes him look a bully. Does he have something to hide? Mr Dotcom says so. I notice that Mr Key is using the same line, ‘put up or shut up’ that he directed at Winston Peters when the NZFirst leader claimed Mr Dunne had leaked. It didn’t go so well then, and it’s not going to work now. Mr Dotcom is a very patient man. He wasn’t sweating because he was worried but Mr Key had gone red because he was. In my opinion.


  5. TraceyS says:

    Some members of the public find the kind of speculation above boring.


  6. Viv K says:

    It has taken the presence of Kim Dotcom to get the Minister in charge of the GCSB, John Key, to pay attention to the select committee hearings. It seems he spent the first part of the week doodling. On Monday he didn’t even ask any questions of submitters. This behaviour by Mr Key makes it clear to New Zealanders, who are using the only option available to voice their concerns about the GCSB bill, that he isn’t interested in listening to what they have to say. It is unfortunate that the Law Society’s appearance at the hearings didn’t get as much attention as Mr Dotcom did. The Law Society said that it “does not consider that sufficient justification has been provided for the proposed reforms”. If it takes a schoolboy level tit for tat exchange between the Prime Minister and a rich German to get more people to pay attention to the fact that this government wants to be able to spy on New Zealanders, then I say danke schon Herr Dotcom.


  7. robertguyton says:

    Mr Dotcom is not speculating.
    He’s certain.


  8. TraceyS says:

    SIR Dotcom to Viv!


  9. Viv K says:

    No Tracey, you are getting carried away, a simple Mr will do. What the law society had to say to the hearing was more important. Mr Dotcom is not the issue, the GCSB bill is.


  10. robertguyton says:

    In sum, there is no ‘put or shut up’ onus on Dotcom. The credibility problem rests entirely with the Prime Minister. And as Dotcom has said, he will be laying out the circumstantial trail of evidence for his claim (about Key’s foreknowledge) at the appropriate time, within his extradition hearing. At which point, Key may live to regret today’s empty challenge. So why is Key acting so dumb? Well, the wider political reality is that every aspect of the Dotcom case is a political nightmare for Key and his government – and the only way that Key can prevent being tainted is by maintaining a prophylactic ignorance of every detail of the planning for the dawn raid fiasco. It isn’t credible. And in the process, it makes Key look like a simpleton. Yet by keeping to that bizarrely illogical position, Key avoids having to explain what he knew and when he knew it – and having known about it, why he didn’t stop it.


  11. TraceyS says:

    The esteem some people attribute Mr Dotcom beggars belief.


  12. robertguyton says:

    My 1:19 comment is a direct quote from Gordon Campbell. The thin client I was on wouldn’t let me add the detail, nor could I re-post.


  13. Andrei says:

    I don’t particularly hold him in esteem but when it comes down to it he came up with a business model to build a very successful business and powerful vested interests in the USA used their friends in BIG GOVERNMENT to shut him down and our Government went along with the American Government like the docile little poodles they really are.


  14. robertguyton says:

    In any case, Tracey, Mr Dotcom is a self-made millionaire. Isn’t that the kind of person you admire?


  15. Traceys says:

    I admire people with humility and wholesome values, regardless of how much money they have made.

    I’m surprised you would admire such an extravagant person as Dotcom, Robert. But then again, he might be just a convenient pawn for you to use in your criticism of someone you don’t like very much (to put things mildly).

    You do not exhibit the values I admire. I mean, sometimes you do, it just happens that you are very inconsistent.

    And if you choose to serve me with a hostile retort you will only be reinforcing my opinion.


  16. Traceys says:

    From Wikipedia:

    “He rose to fame in Germany in the 1990s as an alleged hacker and internet entrepreneur. He was convicted of several crimes, and received a suspended prison sentence in 1994 for computer fraud and data espionage, and another suspended prison sentence in 2003 for insider trading and embezzlement.”


    Building a successful business is admirable on it’s own or coupled with other admirable feats.

    Is it not a bit rich for him to be so worried about privacy?


  17. robertguyton says:

    Why do you say I admire him, Tracey? I’ve praised his patience but said little else.
    Have I ‘served you with a hostile retort’, Tracey? Please indicate where that is, so that I can consider an apology.
    You say you “admire people with humility and wholesome values, regardless of how much money they have made.”
    Do you admire Key?


  18. Traceys says:

    1. Apologies if I assumed you admire patience.
    2. Yes, but no apology necessary thanks.
    3. Yes.


  19. robertguyton says:

    I do admire patience – what’s not to admire?
    Re #3 – do you believe Key exhibits humility and has wholesome values? I’m thinking here of the throat-slitting episode as just one instance of un-wholesome behaviour that couldn’t be described as humble. Would <i.you describe it that way?


  20. Traceys says:

    You are free to admire Mr Dotcom for his “patience” and I am free to admire whomever I wish for whatever reasons matter to me.

    Goodnight now Robert.


  21. Andrei says:

    It is not a matter of whether Kim Dotcom is admirable or not – that is a non issue and a diversion.

    The reason why National Party sycophants want this story to go away is because it illustrates how subservient we are as a Nation to powerful interest lobbies in the USA and the Nation itself.


  22. robertguyton says:

    You are calling it right, Andrei.


  23. Andrei says:

    I see Telecom is happy to do business with Mr Dotcom which means he is generating overseas revenue to help us with our balance of payments.


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