Regular readers will know that I call the media, in general, the Media Party. I do that for a reason, because of their willingness to actually get involved in the political process rather than report on it. A closer look at the increase in reporting os “inequality” and “poverty” shows you just how involved the Media party is in the political process.
Neville Gibson at NBR explains this clearly using just one example of a Media party person and hack academic, Bryce Edwards.
While the left has plenty of internal divisions about its priorities and strategies, it thrives on persuading its sympathisers in the media that some issues can gain traction.
These are collectively known as identity issues and Dr Edwards has produced a fine set of graphs on his blog to make the point. He has tracked media coverage of certain “radical” terms over the terms of the six Labour and National governments since 2000.
These terms will be recognised by NBR readers, who may also wonder why they have become more familiar in recent years. They comprise inequality, poverty, gender, feminism, identity politics, capitalism, race/racism, political correctness, ethnicity and working class and Marxism.