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  1. An interview from the Tonight current affairs show.

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Like many other current affairs shows in the 70s, Tonight had a fairly brief existence, but it provided the forum for this infamous May 1976 battle of wills between journalist Simon Walker and Prime Minister Robert Muldoon. Walker interrogates Muldoon about his assertions regarding the Soviet naval presence in the Pacific, and NZ vulnerability to Russian nuclear attack. Muldoon grows increasingly annoyed and bullish at being asked questions that are not on his sheet: "I will not have some smart alec interviewer changing the rules half way through."

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 lolitas brother

lolitas brother

Being old I still remember this interview. It became known not for its substance but the fact that a PM should not be ambushed by technical information on air.

 Dave

Dave

Muldoon was great ! Walker was a naive lad back then.

 Craig

Craig

Muldoon was a Patriot and a Conservative-now that's a crime...

 Michael Gibson

Michael Gibson

Muldoon was a prick but he certainly knew his stuff. Walker was callow and juvenile.

 doug

doug

The reporter is a semanticist and Muldoon is a smug twat.

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I will not have some smart alec interviewer changing the rules half way through.