You’ve got to love a good spat between a politician and a journalist. TV3′s John Campbell has suggested the Energy and Resources Minister, Simon Bridges, is incompetent while Bridges is refusing interviews unless they are live and unedited.
John Campbell said after a story on oil exploration in New Zealand waters:
This is an issue of real public interest and a complex balancing act of pros and cons. There is much for the minister to discuss but Simon Bridges simply refused to be interviewed. Why? We think this is precisely the sort of issue a competent minister can and should front on – responding to public concern, explaining the economic benefits and offering meaningful reassurance about environmental protections.
Responding to suggestions that he didn’t want to front, Bridges spoke to his local newspaper. Continue reading »