John Drinnan laboriously writes about bloggers and remuneration. Interesting that he didn’t bother to ring me for comment yet felt obliged to use my name to make some sort of point.
Canterbury University senior lecturer in journalism and new media Donald Matheson says bloggers risk being called hypocrites if they accuse professional media about lack of transparency while not declaring payments from other sources.
Really? …does Fran O’Sullivan declare all her other income at the bottom of every article she writes? Does Bernard Hickey? What about Russell Brown’s multiple sources of income. What a sanctimonious twat. Plenty of people in the media do multiple jobs and work on multiple contracts. They also take separate advertising revenue and perform consultancy work, not to mention the lucrative speaking circuit…why the focus on bloggers and what and how they earn money? Everyone else in the media gets paid somehow and no one digs into that.
The only people I need to declare my income to is IRD. Everyone else can get stuffed.
Matheson says there are implications in the Law Commission proposals to allow bloggers to sign up to ethical standards and include them in a possible new media standards body. The issue came to the fore recently with high-profile blog Whale Oil linked to commercial political consultant Simon Lusk, who has been stirring for an ideological change in the National Party.
There have also been revelations that Martyn “Bomber” Bradbury, of left wing The Daily Blog, has been receiving taxpayers’ money through the Mana Party Parliamentary Service budget.
Neither had stated these relationships to readers.
Stated what? I’m mates with Simon and go hunting with him…and that is somehow news? We are both interested in politics? Hardly news to anyone who reads my blog. Why the hell should I?
“Personally I’m not too upset if money changes hands,” Matheson said.
Neither am I,
“Quite a few of the higher profile blogs have strong links to political parties.
“Many are not independent and they are used as attack dogs and as part of political game playing,” he said.
Whatever! I can assure you I am very definitely independent. Ask Simon Power, Hekia Parata, Captain Panic Pants, Peter Goodfellow and many others if I am party friendly. Everyone has their sources, even people like David Fisher…politics is game playing, only an academic could make a stupid statement like that.
“Money changing hands is just symbolic but it tells you the nature of power relationships and professional journalists rarely get money from political parties, I’d have thought.”
Whale Oil’s Cameron Slater has rejected criticism about funding or the relationship with Simon Lusk.
Unlike Martyn Bradbury I have never, ever received funding from ANY political party, nor any parliamentary services funding. I am not in the employ of a union or political party. My blog isn’t sponsored and paid for by unions. There is quite a difference.