Legacy Media Weeps Over Authoritarian Jacinda Ardern’s Departure

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - NOVEMBER 23: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks during a meeting with World Trade Organisation Director General, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, at Parliament on November 23, 2022 in Wellington, New Zealand. While in New Zealand, the Director General will meet with the Prime Minister, Ministers for Trade and Economic Growth, Finance, and Foreign Affairs, and New Zealand business representatives, including wahine Maori business leaders. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • In Bloomberg, Andreea Papuc wrote, “Ardern achieved rock-star status after she became the world’s youngest female leader at 37.” Papuc also praised Ardern for gun-control efforts while opining, “The pandemic tested her mettle, but she was credited with keeping the virus at bay with one of the world’s strictest lockdowns.”
  • Of course, Ardern also advised Aucklanders to avoid talking to their neighbors altogether and implemented a nationwide lockdown in August 2021 over a single man being diagnosed with the virus.
  • Per The Washington Post, however, Ardern should be remembered for her “empathetic leadership style” and for being  “seen by many liberals as a young, center-left antidote to populist politics elsewhere.”

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