Knauf takes a fisking from Moon

by Jake Quinn

Hilarious. Paul Moon, a “professor of history” at AUT University, takes Mr Knauf to task over his recent op-ed about Michael Cullen.

He muses:

One would hope that Michael Cullen’s former speech-writer, Jason Knauf, sticks with his work in PR, for which he seems to have some modest talent, and never crosses the divide into serious history…
Knauf’s opinion piece was packed with effusive references to his past master’s supposedly remarkable policy mind, a man whom he portrays as a “true giant” capable of “virtuoso performances in policy meetings” and someone who was no less than the greatest social democrat politician of his generation anywhere in the world.
In this inventory of adulation, Knauf speaks more of his capacity to be easily dazzled than of Cullen’s contribution to the nation.

One would hope that Michael Cullen’s former speech-writer, Jason Knauf, sticks with his work in PR, for which he seems to have some modest talent, and never crosses the divide into serious history…

Knauf’s opinion piece was packed with effusive references to his past master’s supposedly remarkable policy mind, a man whom he portrays as a “true giant” capable of “virtuoso performances in policy meetings” and someone who was no less than the greatest social democrat politician of his generation anywhere in the world.

In this inventory of adulation, Knauf speaks more of his capacity to be easily dazzled than of Cullen’s contribution to the nation.

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