“The Press is the enemy,” says Brownlee. But does he know who else said that?

By Toby Manhire In The Internaut

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Gerry Brownlee was not minicing his words in an interview with Christchurch daily The Press published this morning.

The minister for earthquake recovery told the paper: “We’re getting into the sort of zone of, frankly, The Press again being the enemy of recovery. Happy for you to put that in the paper because I know a lot of people think it.”

It’s safe to say, however, that he wasn’t intentionally echoing one of the most infamous political leaders of recent times. Here’s one Richard Nixon, offering a bit of advice to his friend Henry Kissinger in 1972, albeit with a lower-case “p”:

 

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