Bloggers and those defending their right to hold forth appear to want all the protections of professional journalism without any of the responsibilities. It’s really very clear: blogging is not objective news reporting. If it were it wouldn’t be a blog, it would be a news story.
– Maria Slade, previous Business Editor at the Herald on Sunday, who published unbiased pieces sourced directly from Matt Blomfield on the Hell Pizza story
I wonder if Maria truly believes what she’s saying.
If so, she needs to look up cognitive dissonance – the ability to hold opposing beliefs to be true at the same time. (eg: I am honest, I do not pay for the pens I take home from work)
Here is another Herald journalist having his cake and eating it too: the ever morally flexible David Fisher.
On the bandwagon with the others he holds the view that being paid for your work is filthy if that payment or its hidden objective isn’t overt.
And so, after years of being Kim Dotcom’s mouthpiece, and miraculously writing a Kim Dotcom biography while at the same time claiming there is no consideration of any kind that has been exchanged for this, he continues to claim the high ground of being a decent journalist, trained and skilled.
Apparently, the sort of spin that I put on stories here disqualifies me as a news source. It is either spiteful or sycophantic, depending on the subject at hand. Not objective, anyway.
So indulge me while I have a look at David Fisher’s recent work with a similar critical eye.
For the record, he continues to deny any consideration has been received in money or in kind for the relationship he has with Kim Dotcom on behalf of the Herald and of course himself, now that he’s getting income from the book he wrote about Dotcom.
Ok, here we go. The story is framed: Read more »